October 23, 2021

Cortland top local boys’ team at invitational

Section 3-4 Cross Country

Homer fields top local boy, girl

MINOA — There were five local schools who sent cross country runners to compete in the East Syracuse-Minoa Invitational Saturday.

Homer Central had the top boy and girl finisher individually of the runner among the local runners with the Cortland boys and Homer Central girls posting the best team finishes. The Purple Tiger boys were seventh out of 28 teams with 240 points. The Trojan girls were 13th out of 23 teams with 367 points.

Homer sophomore Emma Anderson placed 12th overall out of 185 competitors with a time of 20:38.9.
Trojan junior Jed Swayze finished 18th overall out of 205 runners after crossing the finish line in 17:54.5.


Fayetteville-Manlius’ Peyton Geeher took first place individually with a time of 15:57.7 as he led his team to a first place finish as well with 17 points after taking the top three spots plus the fifth and sixth places. Brighton was a distant second with 81 points and Tully took third with 210 points.

In addition to Cortland placing seventh, Homer was 14th in the team standings with 386 points. Marathon was 21st with 563 points and Groton was 24th with 600 points. DeRuyter was incomplete.

Jared Valentin paced the Cortland boys as he placed 21st overall with a time of 18:07.8. Joining Valentin in the scoring five were Kris van der Veur (26th) in 18:24, Joe Cataldo (30th) in 18:26.8, Ethan Lyle (81st overall, 78th in scoring) in 20:02.7 and Asa Terwilliger (88th, 85th) in 20:18.3.

Also competing for the Purple Tigers were Luciano DeVito (94th, 20:29.9) and Brady Pennock (107, 20:59.7).

“The big news is Brady Pennock ran with the top seven to give senior Noah Ryan a rest day to heal from an injury suffered Wednesday and did alright,” Cortland coach Paul Drexler said. “Everyone ran faster. The course was anticipated to be muddy, but was in great shape.”

For Homer, Ethan Lowell was the next Trojan across the finish line behind Swayze. Lowell placed 40th (39th in scoring) with a time of 19:01.9. Completing the scoring runners were Nate Larkin (98th overall, 95th scoring) in 20:44.1, Tommy Mahunik (118th, 114th) in 21:17.5 and Jacob Dentes (125th, 120th) 21:41.5.

Other Homer runners were Sam Bieber (133rd, 21:55.8) and Jacob Rice (159th, 23:13.3).

The top five runners for Marathon were Damian Randall (65th overall, 63rd scoring) in 19:40.3, Markus Bray (83rd, 80th) in 20:06, Gabriel Teeter (111th, 108th) in 21:11.5, Evan Tickner (158th, 150th) in 23:07.5 and Thomas White (170th, 162nd) in 24:06.3.

Other Olympian runners were Malakai Hammond (173, 24:15.2) and Connor Brown (202, 32:43.4).

For Groton. Drew Jackson was the top finisher in 37th place overall (36th in scoring) after posting a time of 18:54.9. Completing the Indians’ five scorers were Brennan Brockway (96th, 93rd) in 20:39.8, Thomas Miller (150th, 142nd) in 22:39.4, Colin Morey (168th, 160th) in 23:41 and Elijah Griep (178th, 169th) in 24:31.5. Kris Willard (185th,
25:40.1) also ran for Groton.

Noah Smalls was the only DeRuyter runner. Smalls finished 186th in 26:07.4.


Claire Walters was first individually with a time of 18:07.1 as Fayetteville-Manlius took the top three spots plus fifth and eighth to win team honors with 19 points. Camden was second with 96 points and Brighton third with 127 points. Cortland. Groton, Marathon and DeRuyter were all incomplete.

Joining Anderson in the Trojans’ team scoring were Becky Jones (74th overall, 71st scoring) with a time of 24:31, Jamiee Triolo (87th, 81st) in 25:02.3, Jenna Johnston (109th, 101st) in 25:45.3 and Lauren Walling (111th, 102nd) in 25:47.6.

Other runners for the Trojans were Emily Gallagher (112th, 26:00.1) and Lucia Caravella (140th, 27:24.8).

Cortland had two runners as Julia Spaziani placed 173rd with a time of 34:35.9 and Serenity Scheffler was 174th in 37:11.7.

Marathon had a trio of girls in action led by Aliesha Howard who placed 35th after clocking a time of 22:05.7. Emily Struemp er was 141st in 27:27.4 and Rylee Thomas took 145th in 27:41.1.

Groton sent three runners as well with Jaylyn Comstock being the top finisher in 85th place with a time of 24:59.7. Jasmine Garrow placed 161st with a time of 29:39.1 and Brooklyn Shurtleff was 167th in 32:05.8.

DeRuyter send a pair of girls to compete. Cathy Chapman was 136th in 27:19.5 and Torrie Randall placed 176th in 37:49.6.