WG runners fare well at Federation meet

West Genesee's cross country runners had one more chance to compete - and it didn't waste that opportunity.

All the boys Wildcats did Saturday was go to Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls and finish third among 26 teams at the New York State Federation Championships.

At the same meet, girls runner Laura Leff managed her own third-place finish. The freshman tore through the 3.1-mile Bowdoin Park course in 18 minutes, 3.3 seconds.

Only Cornwall's Aisling Cuffe, with a course-record time of 17:16.9 to win, and Queensbury's Brittany Winslow, who was second in 17:59.8, beat Leff to the line. And Leff easily outdistanced her ninth-grade rival, Cicero-North Syracuse's Maria LaMontagne, who was fourth in 18:23.1.

Seven WG boys cross country runners combined to produce 243 points, which was just behind Bayport-Blue Point (219 points) for the runner-up spot. Shaker, the state Class AA champions, easily won with 68 points.

Among individuals, senior Billy Gabriel fared best, as he was 10th among team runners and 22nd overall in a time of 16 minutes, 30.8 seconds.

Junior Martin Leff got to 23rd place (46th overall) in 16:47 flat, with senior John DeLallo in 32nd (61st overall) in a clocking of 17:02.3. Fellow senior Matt Byrnes was 68th (17:30.2) as three more seniors, Matt Gonnella (17:50.3), Matt Serrao (17:58.3) and Brett Smith (18:34.5), offered fine efforts.

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