ESM, J-D cross country splits league duel

Coogan leads boys Spartans; girls Rams win by one point

The cross country teams from Jamesville-DeWitt and East Syracuse-Minoa got together Wednesday for a large meet featuring two others from the OHSL Freedom division, Chittenango and Cortland.

And the boys Spartans beat the Red Rams 20-35 behind a sweep of the top four spots. Mike Coogan won in 15 minutes, 41 seconds, with Joe Coogan second in 16:30. Jesse Perrone took third place in 16:43 and Louis Ferrone was fourth in 16:49.

J-D had to compensate by claiming the next five spots, starting with Will Hohreiter’s fifth-place time of 16:54. Nick Harron was sixth, in 17:09, followed by Isaac Tupper and Matt Murad both crossing the finish line in 17:16. Jack Healy was ninth in 17:24, ahead of ESM’s Nick Schug (17:37) in 10th place.

Both ESM and J-D swept Cortland and Chittenango, so the Spartans emerged with a 3-0 mark for the meet and the Rams had a 2-1 mark. J-D had equal 15-46 wins over the Purple Tigers and Bears as ESM had 15-48 wins over those same two schools.

In the girls race, it proved as close as possible, but J-D edged past ESM 28-29, though as in the boys race the Rams and Spartans both had easy wins over Chittenango and Cortland.

J-D's Rachel Fairbanks won among individuals in a time of 19:01, a mere 10 seconds ahead of ESM's Gabby Pallotta. Far behind them, the Rams’ Emilee Carpenter was third (19:54), with Morgan Young giving the Spartans a fifth-place clocking of 20:35.

Running close to each other, J-D’s Laura Wengert was seventh (20:58) and Samantha Clemons was ninth (21:00), with ESM’s Brittany Kubecka (20:59) and Cindy Brownson 10th in 21:02. It took Katie Pinkes finishing in 21:30, three spots behind ESM's fifth runner, to help J-D hang on by that single point.

In its OHSL Liberty division opener, Christian Brothers Academy’s boys team went to Cazenovia and beat the Lakers 26-31, but lost to Hannibal 23-36.

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