TOWN OF FENTON — A month ago, two Dryden High cross-country runners were crowned Interscholastic Athletic Conference Division II individual champions.
On Thursday, Purple Lion seniors Emily Miller and Spencer Strickland qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships Nov. 16 at SUNY Plattsburgh. Miller will run at noon and Strickland will compete two hours earlier at 10 a.m.
Both runners were among the top five non-winning team members in Class C during the Section 4 Cross Country Championships held at Chenango Valley State Park.
Miller was second overall in the Class C Girls’ race with a time of 20:08.3. Strickland was fourth overall in Class C Boys with a time of 17:40.8.
CLASS C GIRLS
Pipher Reid from Chenango Forks was the race winner in the field of 69 runners as she posted a time of 19:54.5. Lansing took team honors with 40 points while Dryden placed fifth with 143 points.
Joining Miller in the scoring five for the Purple Lions were Morgan Scales (24th overall, 21st scoring) in 23:34.1, Amanda Jackson (38th, 30th) in 25:03.1, Erin Dobson (53rd, 43rd) in 26:21.8 and Emma Allera (60th, 48th) in 27:36.3.
CLASS C BOYS
Gabe Planty of Watkins Glen took first place out of 107 runners by posting a winning time of 16:50.3. Watkins Glen took the team championships with 69 points. The Purple Lions placed sixth with 147 points.
Following Strickland in the scoring five for Dryden were Bobby Brotherton (8th) in 17:50, Jakob Greenwood (38th overall, 35th scoring) in 19:29.4, Miles Couch (46th, 43rd) in 19:47.8 and Rowan Dobson (64th, 57th) in 20:40.1.
Other runners for the Purple Lions were George Murphy-Wilk (65th, 58th) in 20:40.3 and Adrian Finney (84th, 67th scoring) in 21:44.1.
CLASS D GIRLS
Delhi took team honors among the three complete teams with 25 points. Deposit-Hancock’s Kelsey Young was the best in the 47 runner field as she posted a first place time of 20:17.4. Marathon and Groton were both incomplete.
Aliesha Howard finished 15th among the trio of Marathon runners with her time of 22:13.3. Emily Struempfler was 30th with a time of 26:52.1 and Rylee Thomas was 34th with a time of 27:29.3.
Groton was led by Jaylyn Comstock who finished 21st with a time of 24:21.5. Jasmine Garrow was 40th with a time of 30:44.5.
CLASS D BOYS
Delhi took team honors with 26 points as all five scoring runners placed in the top 10, including race winner Jonathan Hadley in 16:45.7. 83 runners competed in the this race.
Groton was sixth in the team standings with 148 points. Marathon was seventh with 169 points.
The Groton top five runners are Drew Jackson (14th ) in 19:01.2, Tommy Miller (21st overall, 20th scoring) in 19:30.7, Brennan Brockway (33rd, 31st) in 20:01.6, Elijah Griep (44th, 40th) in 20:37.7 and Colin Morey (48th, 43rd) in 21:03.5. Diego Nimo (64th, 51st) also ran for the Indians with a time of 23:11.9.
The scoring five for Marathon were Edmund Rapp (20th overall, 19th scoring) in 19:27.3, Markus Bray (35th, 32nd) in 20:15.2, Gabriel Teeter (36th, 33rd) in 20:25.8, Thomas White (43rd, 39th) in 20:36.3 and Evan Tickner (58th, 40th scoring) in 22:39.2. Also running for the Olympians was Damian Randall (58th, 47th) in 22:42.6.