Leading off today:
On a day packed with cross country meets across the state, the biggest event produced winners from around the country.
The Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills boys and Lee's Summit (Mo.) West girls ran away with the large school championships in the 54th annual McQuaid Invitational at Rochester's Genesee Valley Park.
Dana Hills, located south of Los Angeles, capture honors in the boys seeded AAA division with 56 points to dominate Smithtown (107), ranked fifth in the state in Class A, and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (125), No. 1 in Class B. Individually, Burnt Hills' Tyler Berg hit the tape first in 14:34.91 for three miles, just ahead of Shea Weilbaker (14:35/2) from Saratoga Springs.
The Lee's Summit West girls placed first in the girls seeded AAA division with 74 points to hold odd Liverpool, top-ranked in Class A in New York. Jenna Schulz of Liverpool (16:52.21) and Brooke Rauber of Tully (16:59.0) captured the top two spots.
The boys' other seeded race champs were New York City's Xavier in AA and Beaver River in A, the latter solidifying its hold on the No. 1 spot in the state's smallest class. Other girls winners were Brighton in AA and Maple Grove in A.
Full McQuaid results are available here.
More cross country: With the NYSPHSAA championships scheduled for No. 10 at Sunken Meadow State Park, regular-season meets there take on special significance, so R.J. Pleasants of Half Hollow East putting up a 16:46.72 for five kilometers in the boys B division of the Suffolk Coaches Invitational is worth filing away for future reference. Matt Rizzo of Bronxville was timed in 16:52.67 en route to the boys C title.
In the Mayor's Cup meet on Van Cortlandt Park's 2.5-mile circuit, Brooklyn Tech's Evan Sherman took top honors in