PLATTSBURGH — New lineup, same result for the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ cross country team.
Ryan Allison and Will Marchant finished among the leaders, and the Spartans edged Pittsford Mendon’s cast to earn the state Class B team championship Saturday on the 3-mile course at SUNY Plattsburgh.
“It could have gone either way,” Burnt Hills coach Chip Button said after his team scored 44 points to Pittsford Mendon’s 49. “It wouldn’t have taken much for them to swing it. The guys ran great all the way through.”
Burnt Hills won its fourth straight New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship and ninth overall, all under Button’s direction.
“I knew they were capable of it,” Button said. “I knew they’d be right there.”
Allison, the sophomore Section II champion, placed third overall and was second among those running for team honors (14:46.4), while Marchant, a senior, was eighth overall and fourth in the team scoring (15:07.6). They were followed by senior Kevin Board (14th overall, seventh team, 15:12.4), freshman Matthew Rounds (25th, 11th, 15:27.0) and senior Dante Ubriaco (41st, 20th, 15:46.3).
“Kevin and Dante were the only ones who ran in a state race before,” Button said. “Ryan was an alternate last year. Will is a first-year cross country runner. Rounds was in eighth-grade last year. To run the races they ran, it was so satisfying to see they way they managed everything. It was great.”
Sam Lawler of Pittsford Mendon won the race (14:26.1), followed by Josh Stone of Windsor (14:32.3).
“I scouted Pittsford and Mount Academy [which placed third with 62 points] and had an idea how we matched up,” Button said. “What they needed to do was get out there at the start of the race, and they did it.”
Noah Greski of Scotia-Glenville placed 18th (15:16.1) to lead Section II’s at-large Class B runners.
Shenendehowa totaled 62 points to place second behind Fayetteville-Manlius (42) in the Class A team competition. Sean O’Brien of Guilderland placed 12th (14:57.9) to lead Section II.
Gitch Hayes of La Salle was second (14:46.2) in the Class C race and Fonda-Fultonville was ninth among the teams. Andrew Drescher of Duanesburg was sixth (15:17.2) in the Class D race and Lake George was sixth among the teams.
Saratoga Springs scored 40 points to place second behind Fayetteville-Manlius (34) in the girls’ Class A race. Saratoga ended a string of 12 straight championships by Fayetteville-Manlius at last year’s state meet when it won by a point. Ella Kurto of Saratoga placed sixth (16:41.8) Saturday, Tori Mariano of Shaker was seventh (16:48.6) and Saratoga freshman twins Sheridan Wheeler (16:57.9) and McKinley Wheeler (16:58.7) placed 11th and 12th, respectively.
The Burnt Hills girls finished third (98) in the Class B race behind East Aurora (50) and Pearl River (76). Kate Sherman of Mohonasen paced Section II with a seventh-place finish (17:33.6), and Mia Paolino of Burnt Hills was 17th (17:49.2).
Brynne Wright of Greenwich ran second (17:15.6) in the Class C race to lead the Witches to a runner-up spot behind Camdem. Camden scored 75 points to Greenwich’s 77. Tess Fitzmaurice of Greenville was 17th (18:09.4).
Madison Relyea of Mayfield placed second (17:45.8) in the Class D race, and Lily Czub of Hoosic Valley was fourth (17:59.7). Berlin was fourth among the teams.