East Syracuse It's never bad to start at the top, as the Baldwinsville cross country teams will assert with full confidence.
In their initial 2011 outing, the boys and girls Bees both ran away with top team honors during Saturday's East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational at Pine Grove Junior High School. beating large fields along the way.
The boys meet featured 21 teams. And with a total of 64 points, B'ville easily outdistanced host ESM, who claimed second place with 95 points. Central Square was third with 117 points.
Junior Alec Peinkofer made a push for the individual championship. He finished in 16 minutes, 29.3 seconds, topping everyone except fellow junior Ryan Manahan (Marcellus), who won in 16:23.1.
Another junior, Andy Fleming, gave the Bees a sixth-place time of 17:06.3, while sophomore Josh Perez worked to eighth place in 17:21.4. Senior Matt Pond just missed the top 10, claiming 11th place (17:34.4) as junior Nate Wicks was 37th in 18:58.6. Harrison Warner was 42nd in 19:10.6.
Though the girls meet featured a slightly smaller field (17 teams), B'ville was still on top when it was done. The Bees picked up 66 points to win, Cazenovia (89 points) holding off Marcellus (90 points) for the runner-up spot.
Individually, junior Annie Peterson gave B'ville a ninth-place clocking of 21:16.6, but the key to this victory was the fact that all the Bees' top runners landed within the top 20 right behind Peterson.
A pair of ninth-graders, Rachael Miller and Amanda McMahon, led a tight pack, Miller taking 13th place in 21:46.5 and McMahon earning 14th place in 21:54.8. Another junior, Kim Cushman, fit into 15th place (22:04.6), while junior Julia Johnson clinched the team title, running to 20th in 22:33.9. Lauren Hughes was 28th and Emily Thompson was 33rd.
B'ville opens CNY Counties League National division action Wednesday against Syracuse East before next Saturday's appearance at the Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Invitational, on the same course where the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships will take place Nov. 12.