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Peinkofer leads Bees to invitational meet title

B'ville holds off Fairport at historic fall gathering

— For the 61st consecutive year, cross country teams from all over Upstate New York made their way to the Baldwinsville Invitational, only to find that the hosts were not that interested in sharing all of the goodies.

Led by senior Alec Peinkofer, the boys Bees went all the way to the top in the Large School race, earning 68 points to top Fairport (Section V), who was second with 81 points. Franklin Academy (Section X) got third place with 88 points.

Peinkofer, quite familiar with the twists and turns of the Durgee Junior High School course, moved his way to the front of the 90-runner field. Franklin's Conor Gordon chased him, but Peinkofer won in 15 minutes, 34.7 seconds, with Gordon (15:43.8) settling for the runner-up spot.

Jack Martin was next, as the junior finished sixth in 16:14.2. Fellow junior Josh Perez worked his way to 14th place, in 16:24.7, while senior Andy Fleming got an 18th-place time of 16:28.5. The fact that Perez and Fleming both beat Fairport's third and fourth runners made a big difference.

Once senior Casey McAllister crossed the line in 27th place in 16:52.1, the title was secure. Not far behind him, junior Steve Petrelli gained 44th place in 17:22.8, two spots ahead of junior Harrison Warner, who finished in 17:25 flat.

B'ville nearly pulled off a clean sweep of the Large School divisions. The girls Bees picked up 58 points, beating everyone in the 13-team field except Liverpool, who prevailed with 52 points.

Senior Annie Peterson landed in fourth place in 19:15.2, while sophomore Rachael Miller was fifth in 19:30.5, both of them trailing Liverpool's tandem of Abby McNamara (19:11.8) and Morgan Mahoney (19:12.4), who were second and third, respectively.

The Warriors put two more runners, Juliana Basla (ninth) and Emily Butler (10th), in the top 10, allowing it to withstand B'ville's charge. Senior Emily Thompson was 14th, in 20:02.8, with eighth-grader Mia Bolton roaring to 16th place in 20:04.9 and sophomore Hannah Olds (20:12.3) in 19th place.

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