Leading off today:
The New York high school cross country community throws a soiree known as the pre-state meet each season as a dress rehearsal for the annual NYSPHSAA championships held at the same venue in November.
Judging by the results, Pittsford Mendon senior Sam Lawler is probably of the opinion that meet officials shouldn't change a thing. The Section 5 star blasted through the setup at SUNY Plattsburgh in an attention-getting 15:32.4 on Saturday to post the day's fastest time.
(Eagle-eyed Bill Meylan of TullyRunners.com noted that the results file shows the course distance as 3.03 miles, but the meet data strongly suggests the layout was the standard 3.1 miles.)
Behailu Bekele-Arcuri was second in 16:06.0 to help Warwick Valley edge Mendon 63-76 for boys team honors in the Division 2 race.
Sophomore Colton Kempney of Beaver River took Division 1 honors is 15:57.3 as his school placed a respectable second to large-school power Corning. In Division 3, the top of the podium belonged to LaSalle Institute sophomore Gitch Hayes (16:11.6) and team champion Arlington.
Brooke Rauber ran the fastest time on the distaff side of the ledger. The Tully junior was first individually in 17:38.3 in Division 2, which saw a highly competitive team battle between Mohonasen (73), Mendon (84), Camden (89), Tully (93) and Warwick Valley (103).
The Division 1 top showings were by South Lewis sophomore Lexi Bernard (18:35.9) and the Corning girls. Division 3 honors went to Delaney Brewer (18:57.7) of Vernon-Verona-Sherrill in a close call and Arlington in a romp.
More cross country: Saratoga's Ella Kurto (17:15.74) and Duanesburg's Andrew Drescher (15:30.22) had the top times over 4,600 meters at Tawasentha Park in the Guilderland Invitational.
• The leading performances in the Suffern Invitational at Bear Mountain State Park came from North Rockland's Daniel Shephard (15:49.2) and Bergen (N.J.) County Tech's Shannon Clancy (18:37.7).
• Preliminary race assignments for Saturday's McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley Park in Rochester have been announced.
Uncertainty in Sec. 6: The future of the 2019 girls soccer season at Williamsville East is uncertain following multiple long-term player suspensions over unspecified violations of the school's athletic contract.
The team, ranked 12th in the state in Class A, forfeited games against Niagara-Wheatfield and Starpoint last week, The Buffalo News reported.
"Recently, allegations involving the Williamsville East varsity girls soccer team were brought to the attention of Williamsville East administrators," the district announced in a statement. "These allegations have been investigated and as a result, it has been determined that a number of student athletes violated the interscholastic athletic contract signed by both parents and students. Those student athletes found to be in violation of the athletic agreement have been suspended from practice and competition for five weeks. The