OBSERVER Staff Report
ROCHESTER - Local cross country teams competed Saturday at the McQuaid Invitational, held in Rochester.
Fredonia's girls' team competed in the ninth race of the day, the Girls Seeded Varsity A race. Lauren Reyda finished third in a time of 17:51, taking 27 seconds off her 2011 time on the 3-mile course.
Fredonia’s Jill Kowalski competes at the McQuaid Invitational, held Saturday, in Rochester. Kowalski helped the Lady Hillbillies to a six-place finish.
"I think that's the first time she broke a six-minute mile for the whole race," Fredonia head coach Carol Zirkle said.
Also finishing for Fredonia were Michaela Tramuta (35th - 19:20), Gwen Stokes (67th - 20:11), Jill Kowalski (68th - 20:12), Clare Foley (77th - 20:23), Meredith Zebracki (84th - 20:33), Cori Gullo (116th - 21:22), Skylar Salim (123rd - 21:39), Maitland Langworthy (136th - 22:08), Claire O'Brien (147th - 22:42), Mary Polvino (172nd - 23:40) and Hayley Supkoski (184th - 24:49).
"Michaela Tramuta ran a great race," Zirkle said. "All of the girls ran a great race, so we're happy with how the girls ran. They showed some improvement over teams we raced last week (at the East Aurora Invitational), which is a key to our success this season."
Kennedy Weisner, of Elk County Catholic, a Pennsylvania school, finished first in a time of 16:46.
The Lady Hillbillies finished sixth with 231 points. Canton (94) finished first and was followed by Maple Grove (101), Villa Maria Academy (146), Tully (170) and Pawling (177).
In the boys' race, Fredonia finished 15th with 442 points in the Boys' Unseeded Varsity A-2 race.
"They're working hard and continuing to improve," Zirkle said of the boys' team. "And that's what they need to do. They're gaining valuable experience. These guys are doing a great job."
Jake Brown finished 15th for the Hillbillies, crossing the finish line in a time of 16:49 while teammate Josh Goodhue was 80th in a time of 17:53. Also finishing for Fredonia were Stephen Formanowicz (108th - 18:14), Michael Meredith (122nd - 18:24), Jake Eckman (133rd - 18:39), Alex Brown (136th - 18:41) and Nick Arcoraci (151st - 18:53).
Olean's John Panus was first in a time of 15:40 and was followed by Watkins Glen's Matt Gill (15:53) and Jordan Elbridge's Jack Gugel (15:58).
Addison won the team title with 188 points and was followed by Chenango Forks (263) and Troy, a school out of Pennsylvania, which finished with 272 points.
Dunkirk was in the fifth race of the day and finished 12th out of 43 teams.
"It was a pretty good showing for us," Dunkirk coach Kurt Warmbrodt said. "It was tough competition for sure."
Javier Soto was Dunkirk's top finisher in 23rd place in 16:59. Ethan Francis wasn't far behind at 17:26, good for 47th place. Ray Tarnowski (68th - 17:43), Kevin Morales (118th - 18:21), Billy Bradley (132nd - 18:38) and Tom Logan (201st - 19:55) rounded out the Marauders' scoring.
"They've been real steady all year," Warmbrodt added. "They're improving a little each race."
Two Lady Marauders competed Saturday.
Calan Pogorzelski finished in 21:05 for 61st place and Nicole Bannister was 306th in 27:37.
"The kids enjoy it and so do I," Warmbrodt concluded.