ALLEGANY — Allegany-Limestone had to adjust on the fly for its annual Southern Tier Classic cross country meet Saturday.
Instead of a typical 3.1-mile course, the Gators used a 2.8-mile distance Saturday due to field conditions. Running on a slightly shorter course, Randolph (49) came out just one point ahead of the host Gators (50) for the boys championship. Clymer/Sherman/Panama won the girls team title with 53 points, 11 under runner-up Silver Creek.
CSP’s Kylee Odell won the girls race at 18:30.0, topping a field of 77 runners. Randolph’s Ronan McDonald led the 53 boys runners, finishing first at 16:52.9.
“Our fields are just so soggy that we couldn’t use our start and finish areas that we normally use,” A-L coach Kathy Stamets said. “We had to adapt today and the visiting coaches were very understanding and we ended up having a great day of competition. One of our races came down to one point, but unfortunately it was our team on the losing end. But it’s nice when you can have that kind of competition. It’s fun.”
The A-L boys took second with a trio of top-10 finishers: Jacob Brink in fourth (17:37.2),
Ryan Wisniewski seventh (17:43.5) and Donald Higgs 10th (17:51.2). Ben Besok was 20th (18:56.3).
For Randolph, following McDonald were Joshua Walters in third (17:30.4), Christian Riethmiller in eighth (17:48.3) and Roan Kelly 19th (18:54.5).
Drew Braden took fifth for Cattaraugus-Little Valley at (17:38.2). Franklinville’s Maddox Bush was 15th (18:30.2) and Tavi Riling 17th (18:35.9). Nate Gabler led Olean at 16th (18:35.1).
The A-L girls took third with 89 points, led by third-place finisher Angelina Napoleon (19:35.2). Isabel Porterfield was 10th (20:31.1).
For Olean, Ashlyn Collins was sixth (19:55.0) and Erin Martin 19th (21:28.2).
Cuba-Rushford’s Hailey Kumpf was 11th (20:34.8) and Summer Harper led Cattaraugus-Little Valley at 17th (21:24.9).
Tarryn Herman was Franklinville’s top runner at 25th (22:14.0).
Finishing the race despite some adverse conditions, Stamets noted the commitment A-L receives from volunteers each season.
“Our volunteers make that meet possible,” she said. “I have a bunch of great people that come back year after year. I’m just so appreciative of everybody that comes out.”
BOYS: Randolph 49, Allegany-Limestone 50, St. Mary’s-Lancaster 70, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 99, Franklinville 110, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 131, Silver Creek inc., Global Concepts inc., Hornell inc., Olean inc., Cuba-Rushford inc.
GIRLS: Clymer/Sherman/Panama 53, Silver Creek 54, Allegany-Limestone 89, Hornell 101, Buffalo Seminary 130, St. Mary’s-Lancaster 144, Randolph 161, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 176, Olean inc., Franklinville inc., Cuba-Rushford inc.
Smethport boys win Ridgway Invitational
RIDGWAY, Pa. — Led by third-place finisher Christian Tanner (17:30), Smethport won the boys team title at the Ridgway Invitational.
Also for the Hubbers, Darion Gregory was fifth (17:45), Jordan Pavlock 17th (18:55), Eric Szarowicz 32nd (19:39) and Ethan Nannen 34th (19:40).
St. Marys won the girls team title. Smethport’s Jenna Gregory finished ninth (22:20).