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Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018: Saratoga girls end F-M's run of titles; Rauber three-peats

   Leading off today: Brooke Rauber added to her winning streak, but one of the great feats in NYSPHSAA history came to an end Saturday during the state cross country championships on Long Island.

   Saratoga Springs' girls edged Fayetteville-Manlius by one point in Class A at Sunken Meadow State Park, ending the Hornets 12-year winning streak in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

   "We don't talk about winning and losing," Saratoga co-coach Linda Kranick said after the Blue Streaks won their 15th NYSPHSAA championship "We talk about doing their best, and they pulled it out. It's been a while."

   Either F-M or Saratoga Springs has won the meet's large school class every year since 2000 and the two Upstate New York powerhouses account for 22 of the last 23 first-place finishes in the team race.

   The Streaks finished with 46 points to 47 for F-M, which had advanced to the state meet by winning the Section 3 title by one point a week earlier. They also held the tiebreaker by two points had the score been tied. North Rockland placed third with 86 points as Katelyn Tuohy defended her title. Tuohy had missed last week's Section 1 meet with an injury but cruised home in 17:02.1 for five kilometers.

   Tuohy was followed by Saratoga's Kelsey Chmiel, the 2016 state champ who committed to North Carolina State University earlier in the week, in 17:20.6 and Claire Walters of F-M in 17:42.6. Saratoga freshman Ella Kurto cracked the top 10 with a sixth-place finish.

   "Kelsey had a great run, and the younger kids stepped it up and did a great job," Kranick said.

   Cornwall (62 points) won a tough three-way battle over defending champ John Jay Cross River (68) and 2017 Class C winner Syracuse CBA (78) in Class B. Sarah Connelly of Mount Sinai took individual honors in 18:17.7, but eighth-grader Karrie Baloga got Cornwall started on its march to the podium by placing third.

   In Class C, Greenwich's all-underclassmen lineup coasted to a 38-105 margin over Bronxville. Eva Borton of third-place Clinton was the top individual by 40 seconds in a time of 18:24.3. Third-place finisher Brynne Wright led the parade of for Greenwich runners in the top 10.

   Tully rode Rauber's three-peat to the Class D championship with 45 points to 50 for Maple Grove and 76 for Delhi. The sophomore's time of 17:52.4 was 62 seconds superior to Lexi Bernard of South Lewis. Rauber's winning margin a year ago was 68.5 seconds.


   Dominating boys victories: The team championships in the four boys races were won handily by Fayetteville-Manlius (Class A), Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (B), Saranac Lake (C) and Beaver River (D).

   F-M strolled past Corning by a 25-87 margin, with Smithtown (91) and Shenendehowa (108) rounding out the top four. Corning had edged the Hornets by two points a year ago.

   Saratoga Springs senior Shea Weilbaker placed first in Class A in 15:52.0, but F-M junior Geoff Howles took second to lead a parade of five Hornets in the top 10.    Tyler Berg (15:52.4) was first overall and Aidan Gillooley fourth to pace four Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake seniors finishing in the top 12 in Class B, resulting in a three-peat by a 22-96 margin over Pearl River, with Cornwall (97) and Pioneer Holland (102) next.


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  •    Seniors Parker Stokes of Maine-Endwell (15:57.0) and Ryan Guerci of Nanuet (15:58.8) chased Berg right to the finish line. The 2017 race saw Stokes place second and Berg finish fourth.

       "A year ago with about 600 to 800 (meters) to go Tyler and Aidan were right there, and the Stokes kid took off," Burnt Hills coach Chip Button said. "Tyler took it out and built and lead and held it. It says a lot about his determination."

       In Class C, Saranac Lake's lineup including five 10th-graders outclassed Westhill by a 31-83 margin. Bronxville senior Matt Rizzo, the runner-up a year ago, took individual honors in 16:22.2 to edge Sean Gardiner of Croton-Harmon (16:25.2). Saranac Lake's James Catania (16:56.8) was ninth overall, but second among competitors who counted in the team scoring.

       Only four of the first 13 finishers in Class D were seniors setting that class up as a deep one for the next couple of seasons. Beaver River (32 points) took team honors ahead of Maple Grove (87) and Delhi (103), the only one of those schools 21 racers to toe the line will be lost to graduation in June.

       Kal Lewis of Shelter Island hit the tape first in 16:23.3 to successfully defend his small schools crown, with Beaver River's Colton Kempney and Cory Demo next across the line.

       Meet agate: You can check out the complete boys and girls cross country results in our reference section.

       More cross country: Brooklyn Tech produced a pair of individual titlists at the PSAL championships at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

       Evan Sherman took boys honors with a time of 16:27.84 for five kilometers, and Lucinda Doogan captured the girls race in 19:25.55. The Susan Wagner boys and Benjamin Cardozo girls were crown team champions.

       Field hockey: Perennial state powers Lakeland and Whitney Point moved within a victory apiece of continuing long streaks of success on championship weekend.

       Lakeland, which has won nine straight NYSPHSAA Class B crowns, advanced to the final with a 2-0 win over Afton.

       Lakeland outshot Afton 22-1 and got a pair of goals fro, Cara O'Shea in improving to 22-0 on the season. The opponent in the final will be Garden City, which beat Pittsford Mendon 6-0 and will be looking to avenge consecutive one-goal losses to Lakeland in the past two state tournaments.

       Whitney Point will be going for its fifth Class C crown in a row on Sunday after eliminating Hoosick Falls 6-3 at Williamsville North. Sisters Leanne Bough and Brenna Bough scored two goals each for the Eagles, who broke a 2-2 tie in the second half with four straight goals.

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