The Homer Central boys and Central Square girls each picked up two wins Tuesday afternoon in OHSL Freedom Division cross country dual-meet openers on Cortland High’s home SUNY Cortland/Waterworks course.
The Trojan boys beat the Purple Tigers 25-31 and the Redhawks 27-30, Central Square also narrowly besting CHS, 28-31. The Cortland and Central Square girls both beat an incomplete Homer team while the Redhawks downed the Purple Tigers 19-40.
In the Varsity Boys’ race, Homer’s Grant Stokoe was the individual winner in 13:57. That was 11 seconds ahead of Cortland runner-up Andy Ryan’s 14:08 clocking.
The Trojans’ Brady Hart was fourth overall in 14:17, with Andy Swenson eighth in 14:37, Tedd Mercer ninth in 14:39 and Kollin Van Wagenen 15th in 15:54 to complete the scoring.
Following Ryan across the line to score for CHS were Noah Watkins, fifth in 14:25; Tyler Stevens, sixth in 14:26; Alex Ryan, 17th in 15:57 and Dane Koesterer, 26th in 16:58.
Central Square’s top finisher was Gabe Chisari, who took third in 14:14.
“Andy ran great getting second,” Cortland coach Matt Dearie said of Ryan. “His time is over a minute faster than where he was last year. I know Andy, though, and I doubt he was happy with a loss even if it shows great improvement. He is a very focused young man and his focus right now is set on sectionals. Noah and Tyler ran great today, especially Tyler. We have a strong 1-2-3.
“Alex Ryan was a ways back, but he is showing great promise for a new runner to cross country and distance running. His improvement over the next month will be staggering. Dane Koesterer is a freshman who is just figuring out training and racing at this level. His improvement will also be impressive. We lost a close one to Central Square and another fairly close one to Homer. We are a very young team that needs time to improve.”
— In the Varsity Girls’ race, Cortland’s Lauren Phetteplace was second in 16:52 and Homer’s Arielle Moheimani third in 17:22 behind the winner, Eva Keohane of Central Square, who came home in 16:09.
Ella Wilson was eighth in 19:02 and Molly Leonard ninth in 19:03 for the Purple Tigers, with Julia Birdsall 14th in 19:51 and Marissa Dovi 20th in 20:45. Also running for the Trojans were Ashley Tollner, 11th in 19:22, and Amelia Ponirakis, 15th in 20:15.
“Lauren ran great,” Dearie said. “She boldly challenged a runner she knew to have much better results than her so far this year. I always commend boldness and aggressiveness. She fell off the leader’s pace, but held on easily for second place.
“I love the way the girls’ team has been improving as a whole from runners 2-7. I’m proud of their hard work. This early personal success should push them to strive for much greater team improvement by the end of the year. I thoroughly enjoy this group of young ladies. They came away with a win over an incomplete Homer team, but the depth and talent from such a large school and large team as Central Square was overwhelming.”
The Cortland and Homer squads will both compete in Saturday’s McDaniel-Baxter Invitational at Chenango Valley.
Varsity Boys’ Race
Team scores: Homer 25, Cortland 31; Homer 27, Central Square 30; Central Square 28, Cortland 31
Top 10 Finishers: 1. Grant Stokoe (H) 13:57, 2. Andy Ryan (Cort) 14:08, 3. Gabe Chisari (CS) 14:14, 4. Brady Hart (H) 14:17, 5. Noah Watkins (Cort) 14:25, 6. Tyler Stevens (Cort) 14:26, 7. Frank Derdzinski (CS) 14:31, 8. Andy Swenson (H) 14:37, 9. Teddy Mercer (H) 14:39, 10. Tyler Fleming (CS) 14:49.
Other CHS, Homer places: 15. Kollin VanWagenen (H) 15:54, 17. Alex Ryan (Cort) 15:57, 22. Lucas Payne (H) 16:24, 26. Dane Koesterer (Cort) 16:58, 30. Jake Gilbert (Cort) 17:23, 31. Derrick Fouts (H) 17:2w4, 32. Jacob Bush (H) 17:37, 33. Joseph Rahner (H) 17:43, 35. Nathan Larkin (H) 17:48, 26. Niles Jenney (H) 17:57, 37. Elijah Meyer (Cort) 18:14, 40. Paul Lyman (Cort) 18:46, 41. Nate Petrella (H) 18:49, 42. Sam Moheimani (H) 18:50, 44. Dan Ruggiero (Cort) 19:48, 45. Jaxon Norton (H) 20:06, 48. Colin Lassey (Cort) 22:22, 51. Jake Vollers (Cort) 23:07, 52. Nick D’Addario (Cort) 35:10.9.
Varsity Girls’ Race
Team scores: Cortland 20, Homer 50 (incomplete); Central Square 19, Cortland 40; Central Square 19, Homer 50 (incomplete)
Top 10 Finishers: 1. Eva Keohane (CS) 16:09, 2. Lauren Phetteplace (Cort) 16:52, 3. Arielle Moheimani (H) 17:22, 4. Anna Wheeler (CS) 18:11, 5. Lindsey Kelley (CS) 18:19, 6. Angel Dixon (CS) 18:33, 7. Gracie Ryfun (CS) 18:54, 8. Ella Wilson (Cort) 19:02, 9. Molly Leonard (Cort) 19:03,. 10. Jade Asmus (CS) 19:17.
Other CHS, Homer places: 11. Ashley Tollner (H) 19:22, 14. Julia Birdsall (Cort) 19:51, 15. Amelia Ponirakis (H) 20:15, 20. Marissa Dovi (Cort) 20:45, 21. Victoria Schmidt-Bonacker (Cort) 21:47, 26. Molly Jewett (Cort) 28:16.