Top CNS, Liverpool runners advance to state meet

Four cross country runners from Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool are headed to Lakeside Park in Pawling to compete in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class AA championship meet.

All of it stemmed from last Saturday's Section III Class AA meet, held at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School on the same course where the 2011 state meet will take place.

Though the girls AA meet featured another dominant performance from three-time defending national champion Fayetteville-Manlius, CNS managed to get second place with 72 points and Liverpool was third with 83 points.

Maria Lamontagne, the Northstars' star freshman, claimed sixth place in 18 minutes, 38.7 seconds, second among runners outside the Hornets juggernaut. Sophomore Nicole Waterrud finished ninth in 19:19.7 and also advanced.

Meanwhile, Liverpool sophomore Ashley Letteney claimed the fifth and final spot on the Section III All-Star squad, her time of 20:01.7 beating CNS's Jacqlynn Halstead (20:09.4). Letteney joins LaMontagne, Watterud, Laura Leff (West Genesee) and Rachael Miller (Baldwinsville) on the All-Star team going to the state meet.

Just behind Halstead, Katie Laris gave the Northstars a 21st-place finish in 21:08 flat. Marissa Colburn was 28th (21:35.8), just ahead of a CNS pack that included Jessica Jelfo (21:37.9), eighth-grader Maddy Kolakowski (21:41.3) and Mackenzie Cummings (21:44.4), all of whom finished in the top 35.

For the Warriors, Kaitlyn McNamara was 16th in a time of 20:32.2, with Rachel Putman 17th in 20:38.8. Caroline Difenderfer earned 22nd place in 21:08.4 as Morgan Mahoney, in 24th place (21:12.3), closed out the scoring. Ali Whiting was 27th (21:33.7) and Jessica Turner was 34th in 21:48.4.

In the boys race, Cicero-North Syracuse's Chris Buchanan earned his spot on the sectional All-Star team by landing in fourth place in a time of 16:24.6. Baldwinsville's Shaun Thompson prevailed in 16:00.7.

Buchanan and Thompson join West Genesee teammates Billy Gabriel and John DeLallo, plus Central Square's Trevor Mayer, on the team going to Pawling.

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