Greenwich girls champions

The Greenwich girls cross country team poses for photos after winning the Class C title at the State Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Sunken Meadow State Park.

KINGS PARK — Greenwich has been the No. 1-ranked Class C girls cross country team in the state all season, and on Saturday the Witches backed that up in a big way.

Putting four runners in the top 10, Greenwich cruised to the Class C title at the State Cross Country Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park. The Witches scored 38 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Bronxville, which had 105.

Junior Brynne Wright was the Witches’ top finisher, placing third in the 3.1-mile race with a time of 19 minutes, 12.7 seconds. Freshman Nina Sgambelluri was seventh in 19:51.5.

Eighth-grader Teagan Wright and junior Emma Cronin took ninth and 10th, respectively, in 19:58.9 and 20:00.1. Junior Brooke Wright was Greenwich’s fifth scoring runner in 31st with a time of 20:53.1.

Though not figuring in the team scoring, freshman Emily Skiff was 43rd (21:15.6), and junior Quinn Collins was 47th (21:21.3).

Greenwich coach Steve Patrick said the team had walked the course Friday, but hard overnight rain changed its look dramatically Saturday.

“We walked it again this morning and we’re glad we did,” Patrick said. “Parts were under water. The staff they had working on it and rebuilding it did a great job, but there were certain parts they couldn’t rebuild. Because we had walked it before, we knew what was under there.”

Patrick said each of his girls ran well and they’ll get a week off now, as Greenwich is skipping next Saturday’s Federation Meet.

“We’ve run it the last three years, and we have to make a decision about the Nike New York Regionals the week after that, whether to run as a team or individuals,” Patrick said.

Running in the Federation Meet would provide the Nike organizers a chance to see the Witches head-to-head with the larger schools they would tackle in their race, but Patrick said Greenwich was fourth in the merged results Saturday, trailing only Saratoga Springs, Fayetteville-Manlius (both nationally ranked) and North Rockland.

“I thought that was pretty good,” he said, “and the Nike Regionals are based on your whole season.”

Also in the Class C girls race, Schuylerville’s Sunni LaBounty placed 15th in 20:20.0, while teammate Megan Vianese, an eighth-grader, was 52nd in 21:28.4.

In other girls’ races, Saratoga broke Fayetteville-Manlius’ 13-year hold on the girls Class AA title, edging F-M, 46-47. The Blue Streaks’ Kelsey Chmiel, who committed to North Carolina State earlier this week, was second in 17:20.6.

Glens Falls’ Katie Culliton was 74th in the Class B girls race in 21:40.1. In Class D girls, Lake George’s Elizabeth Radyn finished 28th in 21:24.4.

In the boys’ races, Saratoga’s Shea Weilbaker won the Class A race in 15:52.0. Queensbury’s Nick Logan was 33rd in 16:55.6.

North Warren senior Brandon Olden took seventh place in the Class D race with a time of 17:18.0. Saratoga Catholic’s Griffin Day was 45th (18:50.0), while Hadley-Luzerne’s Erik Schreiner was 54th in 19:09.4.

Greenwich senior Peyton Howard was 29th in the Class C race in 17:45.6.

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