Weekly Feature



2018-11-08 / Sports

West girls cross-country defends section title

East’s Pagliaccio also earns solo trip to states


West Seneca West’s girls cross-country team successfully defended its Class A title when it earned its second consecutive Section VI Championship with its efforts in Friday’s meet at Bemus Point Golf Club. Members of this year’s victorious squad included Allison Stainsby, left, Sarah Mruk, Anna Rybczynski, Emma Larkman, Madison Mariani, Chloe Wegelin and Alyssa Kelleher. West Seneca West’s girls cross-country team successfully defended its Class A title when it earned its second consecutive Section VI Championship with its efforts in Friday’s meet at Bemus Point Golf Club. Members of this year’s victorious squad included Allison Stainsby, left, Sarah Mruk, Anna Rybczynski, Emma Larkman, Madison Mariani, Chloe Wegelin and Alyssa Kelleher. West Seneca West’s girls cross-country squad used a solid team effort to fend off 12 other Class A schools and defend its 2017 Section VI championship at Friday’s annual state-qualifying meet, held this fall at Bemus Point Golf Club.

It was the Lady Indians’ fifth overall championship in the sport and maintained their perfect streak in races held at that location.

Senior co-captain Anna Rybczynski placed third out of the 88 total runners in the Class A race, crossing the finish line in 20 minutes, 23.22 seconds. She was followed by fellow senior co-captain Emma Larkman in 11th place and senior Allison Stainsby in 12th. Juniors Sarah Mruk and Madison Mariani placed 18th and 29th, respectively, to seal the win.

Junior Alyssa Kelleher finished in 32nd place and freshman Chloe Wegelin crossed the finish line in 76th place to round out the efforts of the appearing Lady Indians, who now move on to Saturday’s Class A state race at 9:30 a.m. at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

West’s boys team completed their 2018 season with a respectable sixth-place finish behind senior co-captain Tyler Bishop, who placed 15th out of the 91 finishers in the Class A race by crossing the line in 17:36.13. He was followed closely by sophomore co-captain Christian Ruiz in 16th place, while sophomores Brady Harris and Evan Larkman placed 37th and 38th, respectively. Senior Andrew Pokriki crossed the finish line in 55th place to round out the team’s scoring.

Junior Zachary Sigman and sophomore Michael Gelinas placed 59th and 82nd, respectively, to close out the boys team’s efforts.

West Seneca East, meanwhile, saw junior Vincent Pagliaccio qualify for the state Class B championship race by virtue of his fifth-place overall finish in that race, which was the fourth-fastest time of anyone not on winning team Pioneer. Pagliaccio completed the course in 17:15.21, just 20 seconds off the winning time in the race.

Sophomore Sean McCartan placed 16th in 17:44.54 as the Trojans’ second finisher, with David Thiel-Colvin taking 28th in 18:45.76. Sophomore Hunter Jurek (40th, 18:59.83) and Jamie Sullivan (47th, 19:19.82) rounded out the team’s scoring efforts, while Jeff Klein (51st, 19:24.24) and Jon Pasternak (120th, 23:52.38) completed the boys’ efforts overall. East finished fourth overall in the team standings.

The Lady Trojans took fifth in the team standings, paced by Mina Graney’s 16th-place effort of 21:43.07. Emma Grzebinski wasn’t too far behind, placing 24th in 22:20.85, while Rachel Castello took 38th in 23:31.07. Dasha Korsh (43rd, 24:00.10) and Kaylee McNichol (47th, 24:06.67) rounded out the team’s scoring efforts, with Kaitlyn Lisiecki (62nd, 24:45.49) and Abriana Nappa (87th, 26:50.55) closed out the squad’s overall efforts.

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