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Thompson qualifies for state cross country meet

In an intense, competitive Section III Class AA championship race Saturday at Jamesville Beach Park, Baldwinsville's Shaun Thompson earned another chance to run this weekend.

Thompson, a junior, tore through the 3.1-mile Jamesville Beach course in ideal running conditions (sunshine, temperatures in the 50s), finishing in 16 minutes, 20.6 seconds. That beat everyone in the AA field except Fayetteville-Manlius senior Brendan Farrell, who won in 16:12.6, eight seconds ahead of Thompson.

Still, by being the top individual outside the winning F-M squad, Thompson joins Chris Buchanan (Cicero-North Syracuse), Steve Houghmaster (West Genesee), Alex Wilke and Anthony Brais (both from Liverpool) on the sectional All-Star team headed to this Saturday's state championship meet at SUNY-Plattsburgh.

As a team, Baldwinsville took fourth place in Class AA, with 81 points, just behind Liverpool (76 points) and West Genesee (79 points) as F-M won with 36 points.

Senior Adam Pacheck found his way to 10th place in 17:06.3, just two spots out of qualifying for the state meet. Fellow senior Nate McCabe was 15th, in 17:24.6, while senior Chris Wicks gained 21st place (17:42.0) and junior Ethan Pacheck was 36th in 18:12.3. Sophomore Connor Martin (18:28.1) and senior Charles Parker (18:32.4) were 41st and 42nd, respectively.

In the girls Class AA meet at Jamesville Beach, B'ville took fifth place, with 138 points, well off the torrid pace set by F-M, who had the top six individual finishers, including Courtney Chapman, who won in 18:30.2.

Annie Peterson came closest to qualifying for the state meet, three spots out of that last spot as the freshman ran to 16th place overall in a clocking of 20:55.4.

Junior Mallory Warner was 31st, in 22:08.8, just ahead of senior Jaimee Balloni (22:09.5) in 32nd place. Senior Ashley Shaheen claimed 35th place in 22:27.1, with senior Sarah Hall (22:39.0) in 39th place and Erika Wilcox 45th in 22:46.6. Another senior, Kristen Biedermann, earned 49th place in 22:56.7.

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