CANTON - The Franklin Academy boys and girls teams wrapped up a perfect season by sweeping top honors while three other schools produced the four qualifiers for the coveted bids to the New York State Federation race at the 2013 NAC Cross Country Championship Meet on Tuesday.
Competing at the SUNY Canton course, which had to be modified slightly due to soggy conditions from the one that will serve as the host site for the 2014 NYSPHAA Championship Meet, the FA boys led the team standings with 32 points followed by Gouverneur (56) and Norwood-Norfolk (73). Pushed by N-N freshman Kyle Fulk, Gouverneur senior Jake Erdman led the boys race in a time of 16:38 to earn a second straight trip to the Federation Meet. Fulk finished second in 16:47.6 to gain the second NAC bid.
Kyle and Jake have battled each other all year, noted N-N coach Kent Fetter. Jake ran very well today and Kyle broke 17 minutes. Theyve taken turns beating each other so the Section 10 Meet next week should be another great race.
In the girls meet, N-N sophomore Kaycie Saucier outlasted Canton senior Laura Pierce in the race for the two berths to the Federation Meet while FA captured team honors with 36 points. Canton placed second with 44 followed by N-N with 53.
After running stride-for-stride through the first two miles on the course which winds through the fields and woods located behind the SUNY Canton fieldhouse, Saucier used a strong finishing kick over the final mile to post a time of 18:50.5.
Laura has inspired me to do my best, said Saucier after earning her first chance to represent the NAC at the Federation Meet. Ive been on varsity since the eighth grade and Ive seen what shes done. She always running and never stops training.
I didnt think I would do this well this year, she added. (Winning today) feels really good.
Kaycie and Kyle have both been really nice surprises this year, noted Fetter. They both trained hard all summer and it has really paid off for them.
Pierce qualified for her fourth Federation Meet in placing second with her time of 18:59.9.
Kaycie has been really good competition for me this year, said Pierce. I think having older people to look up to is important and its nice to know thats how she thinks of me.
My goal now is getting ready for sectionals and for states, she added.
The 2013 Federation Meet is slated for Saturday, November 16, at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
Along with crowning team champions, both meets determined individual 2013 All-Northern Athletic Conference honors with the top seven finishers earning First Team status and the next seven places gaining Second Team spots.
Joining Erdman and Fulk on the boys All-NAC First Team were; Luke Dunkleberg of Gouverneur (3rd, 17:06.2), Will Bronner of Malone (4th,17:13.5), Ryan Tober of Malone (5th, 17:13.2), Dylan Lavoie of Malone (6th, 17:17.4) and Donovan Smith of OFA (7th, 17:21.1).
The Second Team consisted of Joe Tracy of Malone (8th, 17:28.7), Mitchell Marlow of Malone (9th, 17:35.1), Adam Saucier of N-N (10th, 17:35.6), Curtis Landry of Malone (11th, 17:36.8), Fred Nentwick of Gouverneur (12th, 18:08.6), Anson Gagnier of Tupper Lake (13th, 18:16.3) and Deven Grant of N-N (14th, 18:20.3).
Rounding out the girls All-NAC First Team along with Saucier and Pierce were; Carrie Pomainville of Malone (3rd, 19:30.6), Hannah Grey of N-N (4th, 19:52.3), Emily Pomainville of Malone (5th, 19:55.1), Bekkah Bond of Malone (6th, 20:03.7) and Margeaux Simmons of Gouverneur (7th, 20:04.1). Gaining Second Team honors were; Rebecca DelRossi of Canton (8th, 20:05.2), Maria Ricalton of Canton (9th, 20:05,6), Leah Livernois of N-N (10th, 20:07.1), Morgan Bronner of Malone (11th, 20:13.2), Carly Whiteford of Canton (12th, 20:15.4), Gabby Dunkleberg of Gouverneur (13th, 20:23.8) and Madeline Champagne of Malone (20:27.5).
The NAC teams will now gear up for the Section 10 Championship Meet slated for next Tuesday at the Salmon River Central course starting with the girls race at 3:30 p.m. where qualifiers for the NYSPHSAA Championship Meet slated for Saturday, November 9, at Queensbury High School will be determined.
In placing third, the N-N boys also got scoring efforts from Ben Gushlaw (28th, 19:11.7), Gage Orologio (29th, 19:24.2) and Connor Levison (32nd, 19:41.8).
Potsdam, which placed sixth in the team standings for the boys race with 173 points, was led by Ben Miller (19th, 18:42.9). Salmon River rounded out the eight-team field with 228 points paced by Brandon Bryington (41st, 20:16.2).
The Potsdam girls finished fourth with 116 points as Madi Dow placed 17th overall in 21:26.3. Salmon Rivers lone competitor was Taylor Cook (60th, 29:21.8).