North cross country teams fare well in recent action

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Amherst Central's Brenna Symoniak won the East Aurora Invitational on Saturday at East Aurora High School. She also won the West Seneca Invitational on Sept. 13. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Amherst Central's Brenna Symoniak won the East Aurora Invitational on Saturday at East Aurora High School. She also won the West Seneca Invitational on Sept. 13. Photo by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Williamsville North's boys and girls cross country teams both ran exceptional races at the Don Hall Classic held last Tuesday at the Town of Cheektowaga Town Park.

The North boys won the title with 25 points. The girls captured second with 45 points.

The Spartan boys team of Mike Thielman, Ryan Perry, and Joe Seitz ran together up front for almost the entire race. Thielman took first in 17:40.5, Joe Seitz was second in 17:40.9, and Ryan Perry was fourth in 17:41.5. Carl Copeland and Nicholas Konotopskyz rounded out North's top five runners with times of 18:33 and 18:36, respectively.

Other outstanding performances for the Spartans included: Nate Chertack (19:10), Don Seitz (19:32), Ted Langlois (19:50), Brian Dobmeier (20:11), Rich Rockwell (20:22), Joshua Lewis (21:41), Brad Weinstein (21:50), Miles Cassetta (21:52), Ryan Rodems (22:59), Nathan Taggart (23:32), Charles Jordan (23:40), Adam Hammer(24:08), Alex Shanahan (24:58), Ryan Schneggburger (25:52), and Mike Taggart (26:20).

Impressive races for the North girls were turned in by Sarah Loud (20:55), Caitlin Curry (21:12), Rachel Dorogi (21:29), Natalie Worley (21:55), Allison Chertack (22:35), Kim Berus (22:51), Alana Christopher (23:28), Amy Loud (23:37); Jessica Leising (24:00), Audrey Heckman (24:48); and Stephanie Kranz (27:40).

Both teams continued a successful week at the East Aurora Invitational on Saturday at East Aurora High School.

The Spartan boys varsity team captured fourth place with 170 points in an exceptionally strong field of 34 teams and 233 runners. The North girls took eighth out of 26 teams with 261 points.

Thielman again led the way for the North boys with an eighth-place finish in 15:54. Thielman was followed by Perry (17th, 16:37.4), Joe Seitz (23rd, 16:48), Don Seitz (43rd, 17:22.8) and Copeland (79th, 17:51.6).

Other outstanding races for the boys were turned in by Konotopskyz (17:56.6), Nate Chertack (18:34.3), Dobmeier (18:54), Rockwell (19:00), Weinstein (20:41), Cassetta (20:44), Lewis (20:51), Jordan (21:21), Nathan Taggart (22:22), Shanahan (22:37), Rodems (22:49), Schneggburger (25:09) and Mike Taggart (25:46).

Sarah Loud led the way for the North girls by taking 20th out of 188 runners in a time of 19:38.1. Dorogi, another outstanding freshman, was 26th in 19:47.1. Curry (38th, 20:15.6), Berus (84th, 21:53) and Worley (93rd, 22:12) rounded out the North top five.

Other great performances were turned in by Allison Chertack (22:37), Leising (24:17) and Kranz (26:24).

North ran against Orchard Park on Tuesday but the result was unavailable before The Bee went to press. They will run in the 44th McQuaid Invitational on Saturday at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester.

2008-09-24 / Sports

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