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ESM, J-D cross country earns sweeps

Boys Red Rams hold off Fulton, 25-30

Staying atop the OHSL Freedom division, the East Syracuse-Minoa cross country teams roared to easy wins over Phoenix and Cortland in Wednesday’s three-way meet.

The boys Spartans swept past the Firebirds 15-50 and the Purple Tigers 15-47. Mike Coogan, in a time of 18:14, led the way as Joe Coogan was second in 18:32, Jesse Perrone was third (18:37) and Louis Ferrone got fifth place in 18:37.

Brandon Miller, with his sixth-place clocking of 19:54, finished just ahead of Casey McGarrity and Nick Schug, both of whom finished in a time of 19:55.

With similar totals, the ESM girls beat Cortland 15-50 and Phoenix 18-44. Among individuals, Gabby Pallotta stood out, her time of 21:23 beating the Firebirds’ Haylie Virginia by 46 seconds.

From there, the Spartans swept the rest of the top 10. Morgan Young was third, in 22:12, with Cindy Brownson (23:33) edging Brittany Kubecka (23:34) for fourth and Bridget Benz (23:42) sixth. Paige Courbat got seventh in 24 minutes flat, ahead of Cherish Flynn (24:18), Megan Crandall (24:37) and Maria Miner (24:49).

Jamesville-DeWitt had a closer call on the boys side against Fulton, but also got its own sweep, beating the Red Raiders 25-30 in that race while dominating the girls race 15-48.

Billy Hohreiter, in 17:41, was second to Fulton’s Kyle Loftus (17:26), while Jack Healy was third in 17:50. Nick Harron got fifth place in 18:06, but it took Matt Murad finishing seventh (18:30) and Isaac Tupper getting eighth place in 18:50 to clinch the win.

On the other hand, the girls Red Rams had a top-five sweep, with Rachel Fairbanks winning the race by a comfortable margin with a time of 20:13.

Emilee Carpenter was second, in 20:55, with Samantha Clemons third (22:13), Katie Pinkes fourth (22:32) and Laura Wengert fifth in 22:37. Amber Blom, in seventh place (23:24), began a second J-D wave that included Samantha Jaffe (23:27), Shelby Weinstein (23:57) and Katherine Coughlin (24:19).

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