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Marcellus boys, Westhill/Ludden girls win cross country sectionals

Manahan, Garn sweep Class B individual races for Mustangs

— Local teams – and talented local runners – all worked their way to the top during Saturday’s Section III cross country championships at Jamesville Beach Park.

The main story was that Marcellus, in the boys Class B race, and Westhill/Bishop Ludden, in the girls Class B race, won their respective team titles, advancing to this Saturday’s state championship meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill.

As far as the boys Mustangs were concerned, it was a rout. Marcellus, with four of the top 10 runners, finished with 32 points, well clear of runner-up East Syracuse-Minoa, who had 78 points. Westhill/Ludden had a sixth-place finish with 167 points.

Ryan Manahan, who has won races all season long, prevailed again in 16 minutes, 32.9 seconds, nearly 21 seconds better than Mexico’s James Gowins. Just behind them, Joe Fallon took third place in 17:09.7, while David Lilly, with his clocking of 17:31 flat, grabbed fifth place.

John Bell offered further reinforcement when he earned 10th place in 17:42.5, while Justin Garn took 13th place in 17:58.1 to close out the scoring grid. Alex Zamojski also ran well, getting to 21st place in 18:36.3. Casey Bunce, in 20th (18:35.9), and Vincenzo Carr, in 23rd place (18:44.1), led Westhill/Ludden’s efforts.

In the Class B girls event, Westhill/Ludden and Marcellus dueled at the top, but the former prevailed, with 38 points to the Mustangs’ 52, even though Rachel Garn won the individual title for Marcellus with a time of 19:21.5.

Right behind her, the Westhill/Ludden charge took place, as Betsy Black was second in 19:43.6, Emily Washburn was third (19:46.8) and Jessica Curry (20:07.1) hung back in fourth place. Erin Morrell was 10th, in 21:11.3, while Erin Christensen was 22nd in 22:14.3.

Despite the defeat, Garn and Molly McGuane, who was seventh in 20:38.3, clinched spots on the Section III All-Star side that will go to the state meet.

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