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Cross Country

QUEENSBURY — Nearly all the team tents were easy to find Saturday at the Adirondack Cross Country Classic Invitational. If they didn’t have a team name on them in large letters, they were at least the same color as the school.

Not so with the green-and-white Witches of Greenwich, who were gathered under one small, blue tent — so subtle, they could be unrecognizable.

Until their varsity girls took to the course. Then that changed in a hurry.

Greenwich, ranked No. 1 in the first state Class C poll this week, ran against larger schools in the Division I race and delivered a magnificent performance, winning the race with 52 points. And just whom did the Witches defeat? Champlain Valley Union, the nine-time defending Vermont Division I champions and one of the preseason favorites for New England champion, was second with 61. Bethlehem, ninth in the state Class A poll, was third with 85, and Niskayuna, ranked one spot above Bethlehem in the state, took fourth with 102.

Freshman Nina Sgambelluri led the Witches with a second-place finish, outkicking Ballston Spa’s Faith DeMars in the final strides to complete the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 32.22 seconds.

“We kind of battled back and forth for a long time in the woods and out on the green,” Sgambelluri said of DeMars and her, “and I was, like, you know what, I think I have some left, let’s just see how it goes. Nothing to lose.”

Junior Brynne Wright placed fourth in 18:52.81, junior Emma Cronin was 11th in 19:38.02, eighth-grader Teagan Wright was 15th in 19:51.00 and freshman Emily Skiff rounded out Greenwich’s scorers in 20th place with a time of 20:10.96.

“We were pretty nervous, but we were, like, OK, this is a great opportunity to see how we can do. So, I think we’re really excited to be here and excited how we finished,” Sgambelluri said.

The other top local finisher for the day was North Warren-Johnsburg senior Brandon Olden, who battled Voorheesville’s Evan Ensslin for much of the final 100 yards in the Division II boys race before placing second in 16:41.00.

“I knew (Ensslin) would be in the race, and the past couple of years we’ve had some close races where it’s come down to the line, so I knew it was anyone’s game,” Olden said. “One kid from Maple Grove threw me off; I didn’t realize they were going to be here, and I knew they had great runners.”

Olden said he wanted to run a faster time than last year, which he did.

“That was a big goal,” Olden said. “I wanted to win, too, so not coming away with that was tough.”

Weather conditions changed throughout the four varsity races. When the Greenwich girls ran, the sun was still behind clouds, but the Division II boys got the sun’s full force.

“The sun definitely threw us off,” Olden said. “I knew it was supposed to get sunny, but it just got real hot, real quick. I mean, everyone had to run in it, so you can’t really complain.”

Lake George sophomore Elizabeth Radyn (20:10.99) was fifth in the Division II girls race, one spot ahead of Schuylerville junior Sunni LaBounty (20:15.47). In the Division I boys race, Queensbury junior Nick Logan was fifth in 16:17.76.

Adirondack Cross Country Classic Invitational

At Queensbury (3.1 miles)

GIRLS

Division I team scores

1. Greenwich 52, 2. Champlain Valley Union 61, 3. Bethlehem 88, 4. Niskayuna 102, 5. Maple Grove 155, 6. Brewster 177, 7. Elmira 194, 8. Shaker 213, 9. Ballston Spa 243, 10. Rondout Valley 257, 11. John Jay-East Fishkill 280, 12. Queensbury 305, 13. Columbia 379, 14. South Glens Falls 386, 15. Schalmont 399, 16. Glens Falls 438, 17. Schenectady 462.

Top 5 overall and top 30 local

1. Alice Larson (CVU), 18:19.37, 2. Nina Sgambelluri (Gwch), 18:32.22, 3. Faith DeMars (BS), 18:32.42, 4. Brynne Wright (Gwch), 18:52.81, 5. Gillian Roeder (Beth), 18:58.23. 11. Emma Cronin (Gwch), 19:38.02, 15. Teagan Wright (Gwch), 19:51.00, 20. Emily Skiff (Gwch), 20:10.96, 29. Katie Culliton (GF), 20:32.66.

Division II team scores

1. Mount Greylock 71, 2. Sayville 101, 3. Greenville 141, 4. Ichabod Crane 170, 5. Voorheesville 198, 6. Briarcliff 208, 7. Corinth 230, 8. Emma Willard 255, 9. New York Mills 255, 10. Broadalbin-Perth 257, 11. Geneseo 265, 12. Maple Hill 267, 13. Lake George 286, 14. Schuylerville 305, 15. North Warren-Johnsburg 342, 16. Hartford 376, 17. Saratoga Catholic 400, 18. EKMW 418, 19. Wayland-Cohocton 443.

Top 5 overall and top 30 local

1. Tess Fitzmaurice (Grn), 19:39.71, 2. Josie Smith (MG), 19:50.52, 3. Jacqueline Wells (MG), 19:51.63, 4. Kate Swann (MG), 20:10.77, 5. Elizabeth Radyn (LG), 20:10.99, 6. Sunni LaBounty (Schuy), 20:15.47, 15. Anika Parnell (Cor), 21:44.98, 18. Lauren Maher (SC), 22:07.13, 25. Rylee Dunbar (Cor), 22:22.14, 26. Makayla LaGuerre (NW-J), 22:28.35.

BOYS

Division I team scores

1. Saratoga Springs 49, 2. Ballston Spa 104, 3. Shaker 179, 4. Brewster 179, 5. Champlain Valley Union 183, 6. Bethlehem 193, 7. Columbia 198, 8. John Jay-East Fishkill 229, 9. Schalmont 231, 10. Niskayuna 234, 11. Schenectady 255, 12. Elmira 281, 13. South Burlington 282, 14. Queensbury 302, 15. Colonie 340, 16. Averill Park 456, 17. South Glens Falls 512, 18. Glens Falls 524, 19. Rondout Valley 542.

Top 5 overall and top 30 local

1. Shea Weilbaker (Sar), 15:39.06, 2. Marty Dolan (Nisk), 16:01.51, 3. Matt Cavaliere (Beth), 16:10.10, 4. Antonio Beltran (Schal), 16:16.25, 5. Nick Logan (Qby), 16:17.76, 6. Ezra Ruggles (Sar), 16:23.63, 12. Aidan Waite (Sar), 16:55.67, 13. Anthony Verro (Sar), 16:55.91, 17. Peter Moller (Sar), 17:02.66, 26. Max Fredette (Sar), 17:27.90, 30. Clayton Orzel (Sar), 17:31.87.

Division II team scores

1. Maple Grove 72, 2. Mount Greylock 89, 3. Briarcliff 134, 4. Sayville 159, 5. Broadalbin-Perth 170, 6. Schuylerville 208, 7. Ichabod Crane 248, 8. Greenville 276, 9. Haldane 281, 10. Maple Hill 312, 11. New York Mills 313, 12. Wayland-Cohocton 333, 13. Lake George 349, 14. Hadley-Luzerne 364, 15. Rensselaer-Doane Stuart 369, 16. EKMW 384, 17. Voorheesville 424, 18. Geneseo 442, 19. North Warren-Johnsburg 454, 20. Corinth 502, 21. Saratoga Catholic 535, 22. Warrensburg 584.

Top 5 overall and top 30 local

1. Evan Ensslin (V), 16:37.30, 2. Brandon Olden (NW-J), 16:41.00, 3. Peter Auer (MG), 16:51.15, 4. Mark Rogers (B’clif), 17:03.73, 5. Josh Cheung (MG), 17:14.50, 11. Peyton Howard (Gwch), 17:41.57, 16. Ethan Burch (Schuy), 17:59.06, 27. Griffin Day (SC), 18:32.86, 28. Jake O’Keefe (LG), 18:36.16.

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