BEMUS POINT—The Springville boys cross country team captured the Red Dragon Invitational Sept. 8 in Bemus Point. The highly attended event hosted by Maple Grove gives each team a preview of the sectional championships on the same 3.1 mile golf course in the southern tier.
The boys team won the small school race, while the girls team had too many runners absent to register a team score.
The boys team finished ahead of second-place Newfane, 108-112, by a combined time of 25 fewer seconds from the collective five-scoring runners.
“The guys raced exceptionally strong and were fast enough to go home with top honors,” varsity head coach Chad Russell said.
Brett Russell (17:14) and Jared Hecht (17:31) both finished in the top-10 with their best times to date, by finishing third and ninth, respectively, out of a field of 160 runners.
Mikey Evans (17:56) and Zack Peterman (18:14) weren’t far behind with Hecht, Evans and Peterman running as a tight group side-by-side for the first two miles, which helped keep Springville’s score as one of the field’s best.
Nate Myers (19:19) ran a strong race to finish the scoring for the team by successfully holding off enough of the competition. Austin Yetter (19:35) and Elliot Emley (20:20) were not far behind Springville’s scoring top-five, and Luke Waterman, Frank Uschold and Casey Waterman showed strong performances.
“This season looks to be a stellar year for the guys and it will be exciting to see how the year plays out with a very talented pack of guys who can support that top five,” Russell said.
In the JV race, Harley Maloy (20:10) secured a top-20 finish in a field of 220 at 19th.
The girls team had a solid showing at the invitational, led by Sonya Krezmien (20:23), who finished sixth overall in a field of 150.
“[Krezmien] looks to be as strong as she was two years ago when she finished 10th at the state invitational,” Russell said. “Hannah Goetz (21:39), Jaime Dickinson (23:38) and Evelyn Smith (23:48) had very good races as well.”
Three of the top seven girls were absent, which stopped the team from placing. Russell anticipates being at full strength next week, and getting a better idea of the team.
Springville’s boys and girls cross country teams travel to West Seneca Sept. 15 for an Invitational at Sunshine Park set to begin at 10:45 a.m.