Weekly Feature

2018-11-08 / Sports

Cross-country team performs well at Section VI Championship Meet


The Orchard Park girls and boys cross-country teams put forth solid performances in the ECIC and Section VI Championships, finishing top-three as a team in all three events.

The girls team took fourth place overall and third in their division at the ECIC Championship Meet two weeks ago at Alden High School. Marin Bogulski led the way for the team with a third-place finish in a time of 19:25.84. Caitlin O’Rourke was eighth in a time of 20:00.06.

“They both had really great runs despite the conditions,” Orchard Park assistant coach Steven Dillsworth said. “Marin took first in Division I schools. Both earned ECIC's first team all-star. It's great to see all of their hard work throughout the season paying off.”

Olivia Ippolito was third for the Lady Quakers and 28th overall in 20:40.05. Other strong finishers included Sophia Machowski (21:23.95), Emma Eisenhauer (22:16.9), Jessica Breth (22:48.97), Olivia Ray (23:04.32), Ruby Bratek (23:06.77), Grace Jubulis (23:25.13) and Onalee Camalleri (23:35.56)

“Olivia Ray had a standout race,” Dillsworth said. “She jumped several spots in the team rankings, securing herself a spot on the line at sectionals. Elise Mutty also had a gritty performance. Lastly, Olivia Ippolito also turned in a great performance and made the second ECIC All-Star team.”

“Overall the girls did very well as a team,” Dillsworth said. “They placed fourth overall at ECICs and third within their division. I think they surprised themselves a little.”

The girls then took second among Class A teams at Section VI Championships at Bemus Point Friday. Bogulski was second overall in the race at 20:21.76. O’Rourke was fifth at 20:26.09. Ippolito was 10th at 21:03.89.

“Everyone turned in a great performance at sectionals,” Dillsworth said. “We put in a lot of hard work this season, and it was great to see it pay off. The course really benefited our runners, especially the second mile, which is quite hilly. Training at Chestnut Ridge at least three days a week really made an impact. There was very strong competition from our division, so to have three runners in the top 10 in each race was special for sure.”

Other strong performances included Machowski (21:48.77), Eisenhauer (22:49.76) and Jessica Breth (22:55.05).

On the boys side, the team was second at ECIC Championships.

Jack Heraty was third overall in a time of 16:51.56. Chris Bertola was sixth overall in a time of 16:56.21, and Noah Sayoc was eighth at 16:57.14. Other solid performances included Michael Kane (17:34.86), Blake Kasper (17:59.02), Isaac Johnson (18:18.84) and Andrew Kasper (18:19.47).

“The boys raced really strong,” Dillsworth said. “Times were pretty much irrelevant; given the weather conditions, it was all about place. The boys went hard and came up with a big second place finish.”

Sayoc was third overall in a time of 17:02.93 while Heraty was just behind him at 17:06 and Bertola was eighth overall in a time of 17:18.39. Other solid times were posted by Kane (17:50.55), Blake Kasper (18:26.77) and Johnson (18:59.5).

Now the team will move on to the New York State Championship

Meet at Sunken Meadow State Park in King’s Park, New York, this weekend. The participating team members will include Bogulski, O’Rourke, Sayoc, Heraty and Bertola.

“For some it will be just competing in states and turning in a good race, but overall the athletes are looking to beat their state ranking,” Dillsworth said.

For most of the team, the season is over. But it was a successful year, and most of the runners finished off posting their best times in the postseason.

“I think it was a very successful season overall,” Dillsoworth said. “Both teams were in the hunt for states this year, and both should have a very good chance next year, given that a lot of our athletes will be returning next season.”

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