More than five decades after he started coaching Central New York runners, Oscar Jensen is, suddenly, out as cross country coach at Marcellus.
Early this week, the Marcellus School Board decided to remove Jensen, a decision he revealed to his team on Tuesday, a day before the Mustangs were to face Solvay. Ted McCrane, the girls track coach in the spring, will serve on an interim basis the rest of the season.
Amid all that, the Mustangs still had to get ready for a busy week, including the Solvay meet, though the turmoil didn’t reflect in the results as the Mustangs swept the Bearcats 19-42 on the boys side and 15-48 on the girls side.
Pat McGuane won the boys race, covering the Santoro Park course in 18 minutes, 26.2 seconds. Alex Zamojski was second, half a minute behind in 18:57.4, with Alex Stopen (19:00.9) completing a top-three Marcellus sweep.
Eric Goodrich (19:17.6) and Isaiah Lee (20:06.7) gave Solvay top-five finishes, but the Mustangs occupied the rest of the top 10. Mike Brown was sixth, in 20:28.5, while Steve Larison (20:29.0) closely followed. Kevin Pierce was eighth, in 20:34.7, ahead of Matt Strempel (20:37.5) and Andrew Marsh (20:43.7) at the wire.
For the state Class C no. 15-ranked girls Mustangs, Rachel Garn held back, knowing she would run in the Manhattan Invitational that weekend.
Instead, Emily Townsend (24:11.1) edged Dominique Weeks (24:11.4) for the top spot, with Eliza Bell third in 24:11.9. Brianna Szczech (25:08.7) ran right with Garn as Solvay’s Ashlee Riggins finished fifth in 25:14.9. Shannon Twombly and Schuyler Stuart were seventh and eighth, respectively.
But it’s Jordan-Elbridge that sits atop the OHSL Liberty National division, at least on the boys side, following its sweep of Hannibal.
The Eagles won 26-33 in that meet, with Jack Gugel taking the individual race in 15:03, eight seconds ahead of the Warriors’ Jason McFarland (15:11). Nathan Hollis was fourth in 15:38.