Cross Country

CVAC cross country names 32 All-Stars

Thirty-two total runners were chosen as 2012 Champlain Valley Athletic Conference Cross Country all-Stars. The Peru Indians won the girls’ Section VII team championship and led the way with nine All-Star selections while Seton Catholic, Saranac and Ticonderoga had four picks apiece. Along with Peru, Beekmantown, Saranac, Seton Catholic and Ticonderoga all represented the section in the state meet.

BOYS

Colin Quackenbush (Beekmantown) — Quackenbush earns his third All-Star pick after putting up another impressive season for the Eagles. Consistently one of the top sectional runners, the junior helped led the team to a 15-3 league record and a Class C sectional championship. At the CVAC Chamionship, Quackenbush place fourth in 16:58 to be the highest Beekmantown finisher. He took third in the state qualifier and then dashed to a 37th-place finish in the NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships in Elma.

Jon Graziane (Beekmantown) — Graziane receives the second All-Star selection of his career. The junior helped lead an Eagles to a strong season. At the state qualifier, Graziane finished eighth in 16:24. At the CVAC Championships, he was the second-highest finisher for the Eagles in 17:20. He placed third in 18:27 in a regular-season meet as the Eagles knocked off previously unbeaten Ticonderoga.

Jordan West (Beekmantown) — The junior picks up his second selection. He finished 12th in the state qualifier in 16:50 and had another 12th-place showing in the conference championships. Along with Quackenbush and Graziane, West was part of the trio that had three top-five finishers in a victory over Ticonderoga in October. In that race, West came in fourth with a time of 18:29.

Karl Schultz (Lake Placid) — Schultz ran to a 13th-place showing at the state qualifier in 16:56 and a 15th-place finish at the CVAC Championship. In an early-October meet, Schultz was the highest-finishing Blue Bomber, taking fourth in 18:10. Schultz also had a season-high third-place finish in a September meet against Ticonderoga and Saranac Lake.

Zane Peletteri (Saranac Lake) — The sophomore is first-time All-Star pick for the Red Storm. Peletteri finished 14th at the CVAC Championship in 18:16. He placed 19th in the state qualifier and raced to a fourth-place effort at the sectional championships in 18:29.

Kyler Agoney (Peru) — Agoney becomes a two-time All-Star in his senior season. He had an eighth-place showing at the CVAC Championship and then finished 11th in the state qualifier. During the sectional championship, Agoney was the fastest Peru boy with a third-place time of 17:56. He ends his varsity career with two state-meet appearances.

Jeriqho Gadway (Plattsburgh) — Success came often for Gadway this season. He was the highest-finishing Section VII runner in the NYSPHSAA Championships with a 24th-place showing in 16:54. He then finished 47th in the New York State Federation Cross Country Championships. The result was nearly a full minute quicker than his 2011 race. Prior to the state races, Gadway won the state qualifying race and the sectional championship race. He also took the top spot in the CVAC Championship by 20 seconds.

Keenan Hunt-Stone (Plattsburgh) — Hunt-Stone finished 13th at the CVAC Championship in 18:08. He was also part of a PHS squad that took 12th out of 21 teams in the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational. Hunt-Stone finished 59th overall and was the fifth-highest Section VII runner.

Zach LePage (Saranac) — The freshman earns his second All-Star selection. LePage finished sixth in the CVAC Championship in 17:12 and then seventh in the sectionals. He also won a race in October in a meet against Northeastern Clinton and Lake Placid.

Justin Liechty (Saranac) — Liechty picks up his first All-Star selection. The sophomore had a season-high third-place finish in an October regular-season meet where he had a time of 18:31 and one of eight Chiefs in the top 10. Liechty finished 19th in the CVAC Championship and 14th in the sectional meet in 17:05.

Josh Wade (Saranac) — Wade is the Chiefs’ most accomplished boys’ runner this season. The junior earns his fourth All-Star selection. He finished third in the CVAC Championship in 16:42 and then sixth at the sectionals in 16:17. Earlier this season, he picked up a second-place finish in a meet, just two seconds behind the winner. Wade finished 45th overall in the state meet in 17:29.2. Over this past weekend, Wade competed in the Footlocker Northeast Regional and finished 40th in 18:28.

Evan Page (Seton Catholic) — Page receives his first All-Star nod. The junior finished seventh in the CVAC championship in 17:15 and fourth in the state qualifier in 16:01. Page also took second in the regular-season finale and then placed 14th overall among Class D runners in the state meet. As a team, the Knights finished sixth in the Class D standings.

Mitch Ryan (Seton Catholic) — Ryan closes out his varsity career as a four-time All-Star. The senior finished ninth at the state meet in 16:53.9. He finished second in the CVAC Championship in 16:31 and had another second-place showing in the state qualifier. Ryan also had a fourth-place finish at the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross-Country Invitational. In the Federation meet, Ryan placed 115th overall, 77 spots higher than in 2011. Ryan also received the NYSPHSAA Sportsmanship award for Class D at the state meet.

Tyler Belden (Ticonderoga) — Belden helped lead Ticonderoga to a fifth-place finish at the state championships with an individual finish of 22nd in 17:20.7. He also finished fourth at the Class D state qualifier (ninth overall), and 10th at the CVAC Championship in 17:34. Earlier this season, Belden placed fifth in an October meet against Beekmantown and AuSable, and he also had a season-high second-place showing against Saranac Lake and Lake Placid.

Javeed Nazir (Ticonderoga) — The senior finished 28th in the Class D state meet race in 17:33.7. In the state qualifier, Nazir placed fifth and was the third-highest Class D finisher. Nazir had another top-five showing at the CVAC Championship with a time of 17:05. At the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational, Nazir finished 14th overall and was the highest-finishing Ticonderoga runner in the race.

Shawn Silliman (Ticonderoga) — The sophomore finished 32nd in the Class D race at the state meet in 17:38.7. Silliman took 10th in the state qualifier, giving Ticonderoga three runners in the top 10. At the CVAC Championship, he had an 11th-place showing in 17:46 and placed 17th at the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational. Along with teammates Belden and Nazir, Silliman finished third in a meet where Ticonderoga swept the top three spots.

Honorable Mention

Brandon Ruocco (AuSable Valley)

Cory Couture (Beekmantown)

Corey Detwiler (Lake Placid)

Andrew Downs (Peru)

Nick Dormann (Saranac)

Ty Tedford (Saranac)

Kody Parrott (Ticonderoga)

Jacob Young (Ticonderoga)

GIRLS

Gabby Armstrong (Lake Placid) — Armstrong finished 48th in the Class D race at the state championships. She finished ninth overall in the state qualifier and was the fourth-fastest Class D runner in 19:35. At the CVAC Championship, Armstrong finished sixth in 20:27. In a meet against Northeastern Clinton and Saranac, Armstrong was the second-fastest Lake Placid runner with a fourth-place showing in 21:31.

Nina Armstrong (Lake Placid) — Armstrong led the Blue Bombers at the state meet, finishing 30th in Class D. She finished fourth overall at the state qualifier in 19:12 and made a podium appearance at the CVAC Championship with a third-place effort in 19:47. Armstrong finished second in a meet against Northeastern Clinton and Saranac and then picked up a 10th-place finish at the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational.

Samantha Smith (Northeastern Clinton) — Smith earns her third All-Star selection. The junior was the top runner for the Cougars all season, setting many personal bests. Smith finished 10th in the CVAC Championship in 20:52 and picked up a 12th-place finish in the state qualifier. In a meet against Lake Placid and Saranac, Smith won the race by one second. She also had a 12th-place showing at the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational.

Naomi Forkas (Ticonderoga) — Forkas earns an All-Star selection in her first year competing in varsity cross country. The sophomore finished 15th overall at the state qualifier in 20:19 then had a 58th-place showing at the Class D state championship race. Last month, Forkas won the race in a meet against Beekmantown and AuSable. At the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational, she finished 29th overall in 21:15.89.

Margaret Champagne (Seton Catholic) — Even as a freshman, Champagne is no stranger to success. She earns her third All-Star selection this season. In Federation meet, Champagne finished 100th overall, 33 spots higher than her 2011 race. At the Class D state championship, she placed seventh in 19:40.4 after winning the state qualifying race by 25 seconds. Champagne picked up a CVAC Championship win and finished fourth in the freshman girls’ race at the Footlocker Northeast Regional. After that race, she received First-Team All-Northeast honors.

Melissa Whyman (Seton Catholic) — Whyman earns her fourth All-Star selection. She finished 38th overall at the Class D race in the state meet and then competed in the New Federation meet. Prior to the state races, Whyman finished third in the state qualifier in 19:09 and ninth in the CVAC Championship. At the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational, Whyman finished 12th in 19:56.65 and then raced to a fourth-place showing in the regular-season finale against Saranac Lake and Plattsburgh.

Lexi Blockson (Saranac) — Blockson receives her second All-Star selection. The sophomore won the individual Class C race at the state qualifier in 19:22 then finished 75th in the state championship in 21:20.8. She finished fifth in the CVAC Championship in 20:24 and placed third last month in a meet against Northeastern Clinton and Lake Placid.

Elena Beideck (Saranac Lake) — Beideck collects her fourth All-Star selection in her final season. She finished 11th overall (second in Class C) at the state qualifier in 19:39 and then finished 73rd at the Class C state championship race in 21:18.6. Beideck finished seventh in the CVAC Championship in 20:29 and placed sixth in the regular-season finale against Peru and Seton Catholic. She finishes her career as a four-time state meet participant.

Johanna Mohrs (Saranac Lake) —Despite battling early-season injuries, Mohrs was able to post a solid season and be named an All-Star. The freshman finished 14th overall at the state qualifier in 20:15 and 107th at the Class C state championship race in 22:57.4. She also picked up a 14th-place finish in the CVAC Championship in 21:27. In a meet against Plattsburgh and Seton Catholic, Mohrs finished 10th in 21:45.

Abby Adams (Peru) — After taking one year off to play soccer, Adams returned to the trail to grab a second All-Star selection. The sophomore finished 13th overall in the state qualifier in 20:08 and then ran to a 58th-place finish in the Class B state championship race in 21:12.1. Adams claimed 11th place in the CVAC Championship and also had a ninth-place showing in the regular-season finale in 21:39.

Cheyanne Dobozy (Peru) — Dobozy qualified for the state meet for the third time this year and was also earned her third All-Star nod. The sophomore finished eighth in the state qualifier in 19:35 and 54th in the Class B race at the state meet in 21:06.7. She had a 13th-place finish in the CVAC Championship and then seventh as the Indians closed out their regular season. Dobozy’s coaches described her as “tough” and “strong-willed.”

Shauna Fliss (Peru) — Fliss is two-time state qualifier and a first-time All-Star. She finished 16th overall in the state qualifier in 20:24 and placed 69th in the Class B state championship race in 22:04.1. The sophomore runner was 15th at the CVAC Championship in 21:39. Fliss finished 13th in Peru’s regular-season finale.

Ashley Leta (Peru) — Second year running cross country, second year being an All-Star. Leta showed throughout the season that she was one of the section’s top runners. At the state qualifier, she finished second in 18:30 and was the section’s top finisher in the Class B state championship race in 19:52. Leta also finished second in the CVAC Championship in 19:38 and second in the Indians’ final race. At the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational, Leta was Peru’s top finisher with a 16th-place showing in 18:55.

Meghan Mazzella (Peru) — Mazzella earns her third All-Star selection. At the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational, Mazzella finished 57th. She finished fourth in the CVAC Championship in 20:23 and third in the regular-season finale. At the state qualifier, Mazzella dashed to a fifth-place finish in 19:18 and then finished 47th in the Class B race at the state meet in 20:43.3.

Maria Remillard (Peru) — A junior and a captain, Remillard is now a four-time All-Star selection. She finished 67th in the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational and 12th in the CVAC Championship in 21:16. She also picked up an eighth-place finish in the regular-season finale. In the state qualifier, Remillard finished seventh in 19:29 and then 73rd in the Class B state championship race in 22:19.6.

Liz Uliva (Peru) — After knee injuries ended her soccer career, Uliva turned to cross country. Making her debut as a senior, Uliva collects an All-Star selection. She finished 41st in the Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake Cross Country Invitational in 19:56. Uliva placed 10th in the state qualifier in 19:37 and then 59th at the Class B state championship race in 21:23.

Honorable Mention

Nataley Casey-Sanger (Plattsburgh)

Claire Deshaies (Plattsburgh)

Janyll Barber (Saranac)

Taylor Manor (Saranac)

Lydia Miner (Saranac)

Maddy Munn (Seton Catholic)

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