ALTAMONT — Sophomore Margaret Champagne raced to victory Saturday in leading the Seton Catholic Knights to a first-place finish in the 43rd-Annual Guilderland Cross-Country Invitational at Tawasentha Park.
The Lady Knights won the Small School Varsity Race over the hilly 2.7-mile course with a total of 52 points, besting runner-up Broadalbin-Perth, with 59. There were nine full teams competing with 64 runners finishing.
Seton Catholic placed three runners in the top five. Champagne finished first, over all, in a time of 17:22 to edge out Talya Williams of Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons (17:23).
Seniors Ashley Leta (third, 18:00) and Melissa Whyman (fifth, 18:09) both had outstanding races over the hilly terrain.
Rounding out the top five were sophomore, Maddy Munn (21st, 19:50) and seventh-grader Sophia DeJordy. DeJordy, in only her second cross-country race, sealed the deal for the Knights, finishing 26th in 20:22.
On the boys’ side, senior Evan Page, who had problems with his asthma at this race last year, dramatically improved his time and place. Page was third, over all, in a time of 15:17. The overall winner was Jordan Healy of Maple Hill with a time of 14:22.
Eighth-graders Caleb Moore (31st, 17:32) and Mathieu Cote (38th,18:04) ran extremely well for their first year on varsity. Other Knights’ finishers included junior Nathan Vanherp (54th, 19:56), freshman Matt Snell (58th, 21:41) and junior Joe Zalis (59th, 21:54).