LaMontagne, Buchanan both win at Marathon Invitational

The Cicero-North Syracuse cross country teams ventured south to compete in Saturday's Marathon Invitaional and got a sweep of the individual titles from Maria LaMontagne and Chris Buchanan.

Continuing her October tear, LaMontagne beat a field of 100 other runners as she covered the Marathon course in 18 minutes, 6.1 seconds, more than 15 seconds ahead of Johnson City's Lauren Mullins (18:21.8). Nicole Watterud finished fourth in 19:24.2.

The boys race featured Buchanan winning in a similar manner - and by a similar margin. The CNS senior's time of 16:08.7 left him 14.2 seconds ahead of Horseheads' Brian Crimmins (16:22.9) at race's end.

As far as team standings went, the CNS girls won big, 44 points to Elmira Free Academy's 79 among Division I entrants, and 59 points to EFA's 120 overall.

Behind LaMontagne and Waterrud, Jacqlynn Halstead finished ninth in 20:08 flat, with Marissa Colburn 21st in 21:07.1. Jessica Jelfo, in 27th place (21:35.4), rounded out the scoring column as Katie Laris finished 33rd in 21:40.9.

CNS was fourth in the boys Division I standings with 89 points behind Corning, West Genesee and Maine-Endwell. Anthony Lupia finished 17th, in 17:16.9, while Jared Walther took 35th (17:41.6) and Tom McAndrew (17:55.3) claimed 44th place. Ken Ryan was 53rd in 18:05.2.

A shorter road trip, to Jamesville Beach Park, is what faces CNS this Saturday as it vies for top honors at the CNY Counties League championship meet.

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