OBSERVER Staff Report
EAST AURORA - Fredonia's Lauren Reyda again proved her dominance on the high school cross country circuit with another first-place finish, Saturday at the East Aurora Invitational.
On a day when the weather just would not cooperate, Reyda crossed the finish line in 18:06 to help the Lady Hillbillies to a second-place finish.
Pictured is Fredonia’s Lauren Reyda competing at the East Aurora Invitational, on Saturday. Reyda won the Small Schools Division.
"It was an interesting day," Fredonia coach Carol Zirkle said. "It would be pouring and then five minutes later it would stop."
Fredonia ended with 80 points, well off the pace of meet champion Skaneateles, which finished with just 35 points. Alden (106), Notre Dame (125) and Springville (132) rounded out the top five teams. Gowanda was ninth with 205 points while Dunkirk and Silver Creek were incomplete.
Also running well for Fredonia were Michaela Tramuta (8th - 19:33), Emily Wan (24th - 20:25), Clare Foley (25th - 20:26), Gwen Stokes (31st - 20:48), Meredith Zebracki (34th - 20:53) and Jill Kowalski (39th - 21:05).
"Of the girls who ran last year," Zirkle explained, "all but one of them ran a faster time, despite the rain. Lauren Reyda ran a great race as always.
"The girls are running well," she continued. "The whole team is really young. It was a great showing for us today."
Fredonia's boys team was paced by Jake Brown's 13th place finish in 17:12. Michael Meredith (44th - 18:14), Alex Brown (55th - 18:41), Steven Fromanowicz (56th - 18:43), Jake Eckman (69th - 19:13) and Nick Artoraci (79th - 19:45) rounded out the Hillbillies' scoring.
Albion was the boys race with 38 points. Dunkirk (165) was fifth, Gowanda (207) placed ninth and Fredonia (237) finished 10th. Silver Creek ended with 335 points, good for 14th place.
"The boys ran an alright race," Zirkle said. "It wasn't their best race of the season but they're young and they have made huge strides in practice."
Fredonia runs again next Saturday at the McQuaid Invitational.