While all this was going on, Cicero-North Syracuse went to Proctor Park in Utica for the 71st annual E.J. Herrmann Invitational, where it won both the varsity and JV boys races.
C-NS, with 73 points, beat out Niskayuna (112 points) and Nanuet (114 points) in Varsity Race 2, which featured Class A and B schools, led by a trio of runners. Andrew Bearkland finished eighth, in 17:18.4, with Chris Hannan ninth in 17:23.9 and Colin Greenseich (17:25.2) in 10th place.
Paul DeGennaro finished 22nd, in 17:52.9, just ahead of Eric Bowen, whose time of 17:58.2 closed out the Northstars’ scoring column. Jared George (18:19.4), Joe Tricarico (18:24.9) and Brian Traub (18:50.8) all had top-50 finishes.
In the JV race, Jake Dehm won in a time of 18:59.1, which would have put him in the top 50 on the varsity side, as Ryan Assisi (19:20.5), Andrew Salmons (19:36.0), Jeff Eymer (19:42.3) and Zach Wagner (19:44.0) all had top-10 efforts.
Meanwhile, the C-NS girls team also picked up 73 points, but that left them in third place, trailing Nanuet, who won with 52 points, and Niskayuna, who was second with 63 points.
In fact, Jacqlynn Halstead had a better individual finish than any of the boys, rising to third place in 20:07.6, but none of her teammates cracked the top 10, though Jilliann Norris finished 12th (21:15.9) and Taylor Parry (21:28.6) finished 14th.
Lauren Carr made her way to 24th place in 21:55 flat, with Maddy Kolakowski getting to 27th place in a clocking of 22:05.1, just ahead of Madison Gross (22:29.1) in 32nd place. Molly Camire had the Northstars’ best effort in the JV race, finishing 11th in 23:37.7.