Cross Country

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Saranac Central High School senior Josh Wade (right) and junior Lexi Blockson stretch before a cross country practice at Cadyville Recreation Park. The Chiefs open their season today at Plattsburgh. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

Ti boys, Peru girls look to continue cross country success

Editor’s Note: The Press-Republican did not receive information from the Plattsburgh High boys’ team.

Ticonderoga, Saranac and Beekmantown were the top teams in Champlain Valley Athletic Conference boys’ cross country last season, and all three have returned many of their top runners.

The Peru girls went undefeated in the CVAC last season, while Seton Catholic and Saranac were also tough to beat. They are all poised to battle for the championship this season.

Boys

AuSable Valley

The Patriots have seven returning runners, led by Brandon Ruocco and Josh Ducarme. Ruocco is a junior who has been on the team since seventh grade, and Ducharme, a senior, was one of AuSable Valley’s top runners last year.

Three new athletes have joined the team, including junior Justin Cook.

Runners returning

Josh Ducharme, Brandon Ruocco, Aaron Turetsky, Austin Smith, Michael Guynup, Troy Straight, Alex Wilson.

Newcomers

Justin Cook, Lucas Finnegan, Casey Spear.

Beekmantown

The Eagles boast a solid core of seniors who led the team to a sectional championship in 2012. Colin Quackenbush, Jordan West and Jonathan Graziane, who were all 2012 All-Stars, as well as Brandon Couture are expected to be Beekmantown’s top performers.

Three new runners have joined the team to give the Eagles a total of 13 athletes.

Runners lost

Minh Coryer, Andrew Peryer, Jeremiah Zucker.

Runners returning

Andrew Baker, Brandon Couture, Cory Couture, Jonathan Granziane, Nicholas LaBombard, Colin Quackenbush, Tyler Rock, Patrick Sullivan, Jordan West, Myles West.

Newcomers

Connor Giltz, Everett Sapp, Quinton Lacey.

Lake Placid

The Blue Bombers’ roster includes a number of talented runners. Eight athletes have returned, including senior David Knapik and juniors Steven Jelinek and Curtis Rissberger. 2012 All-Star Karl Shultz, now a sophomore, is also back.

Lake Placid has also added two new runners. All of the athletes have shown a good work ethic in the preseason.

Runners lost

Corey Detwiler

Runners returning

Steven Jelinek, David Knapik, Forest Ledger, Curtis Rissberger, Nick Saulpaugh, Karl Shultz, Trent White.

Newcomers

Henry McGrew, Scott Shultz.

Northeastern Clinton

Anthony Piche had a solid junior year in 2012 and has returned to lead the Cougars. Ethan Dominic, Josh Gero, Spencer Parsons and Dylan Porter are Northeastern Clinton’s other experienced runners.

Pack running will be key for the Cougars this season, and with just eight athletes, they’ll have to overcome a lack of depth.

Runners returning

Anthony Piche, Ethan Dominic, Josh Gero, Spencer Parsons, Dylan Proter.

Newcomers

Kevin Capito, Gavin Racine, Eli Matton.

Peru

The Indians have a deep roster of 15 runners this season. That includes three returning seniors — Andrew Haley, Andrew Caswell and Thomas Gwinn — along with three juniors.

The athletes have shown determination to work hard and improve every day.

Runners

Ethan Feazelle, Zackary Raymond, Andrew Thew, Andrew Banker, Jared Banker, Ben Post, Andrew Haley, Jonathan Smart, Thomas Gwinn, Andrew Caswell, Connor Agoney, Brady Terry, Daniel Bridgman, Benjamin Morgan, Tristan Archambault.

Saranac

With both experience and depth, the Chiefs expect to contend for the CVAC and Section VII titles this season. Josh Wade, a four-time All-Star, is expected to pace the team along with fellow 2012 All-Stars Zach LePage and Justin Liechty. Sean Tyrell and Chad Dashnaw round out the top five.

One key to the team’s overall success will be how much the younger runners improve during the season.

Runners lost

Ben Strack, Austin Medeiros, Ty Tedford, Jon Raudenbush, Nicky Dormann, Conor Carrigan, Jeremy Overstreet.

Runners returning

Josh Wade, Sean Tyrell, Jake Frostick, Chad Dashnaw, Justin Liechty, Ben Bova, Carter Winters, Logan Clark, Kaden Cringle, Brandon Yip, Josh Mihuc, Zach LePage, Kolby Kitterle, Logan Jarvis, Andrew LePage.

Newcomers

Jacob Lilledahl, Cory Bell, Connor Madden, Logan Peroza, Joey Ashline-Beaudet.

Saranac Lake

Zane Pelleteri returns as the Red Storm’s top runner. The junior has looked strong in the preseason and has high expectations for 2013. Max Paul, a senior captain, put in a lot of training over the summer and looks to be a challenger.

Saranac Lake has three other seniors and three freshmen. The new athletes may need a few races to find their running legs.

Runners

Zane Pelleteri, Max Paul, Ryan Murray, Will Lanthier, Haakon Pedersen, Adam Branch, P.J. Buck, Josh Beaudion.

Seton Catholic

The Knights have a mix of veterans and new runners. Seniors Evan Page and Steven Murray are both coming off a strong outdoor track and field season. Nathan Vanherp, Joe Zalis and Kyle Pellerin have also returned.

Three new athletes have joined the team.

Runners lost

Mitchell Ryan, Eric Ziemer.

Runners returning

Evan Page, Steven Murray, Nathan Vanherp, Joe Zalis, Kyle Pellerin.

Newcomers

Sam LaFrance, Matt Snell, Caleb Moore.

Ticonderoga

The Sentinels return six athletes who competed at the 2012 state meet, and the team will look to improve on last year’s fifth-place finish. The 2013 roster boasts 15 runners, and Ticonderoga will turn to those with varsity experience, including Tyler Beldon, Shawn Silliman, Jacob Young, Cody Parrot, Martin Glazer and Milo Thurbon, for leadership.

Runners

Colvin Chapman, Dillion Crowe, Aaron Russell, Darby Guay, Jacob Young, John Cook, Joel Cook, Ryan Price, Martin Glazer, Shawn Silliman, Milo Thurbon, Tyler Beldon, Tim Ryan Cody Parrot, Nick Fitzgerald.

Westport

Jon Gay, a state qualifier in outdoor track and field last season, will compete in cross country for the Eagles this year.

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Girls

AuSable Valley

The Patriots lack numbers but have plenty of character. There are three returning runners: juniors Rachel Ford and Emily Patenaude and sophomore Madison Hall. In addition, Jessica Malskis has rejoined the team after taking a few years off.

AuSable Valley has three other new athletes.

Runners returning

Rachel Ford, Emily Patenaude, Madison Hall.

Newcomers

Jessica Malskis, Ashley Guynup, Kaylee Dukett, Lydia Rusom.

Beekmantown

With 15 runners, the Eagles have their largest team in years. The roster features six returning athletes, led by Tori Barrett.

Beekmantown will look to improve on its 8-10 record from last year.

Runners lost

McKenzie Delisle.

Runners returning

Amber Baker, Tori Barrett, Tegan Belrose, Rachel Brunelle, Rachel Kashorek, Allison Peryer.

Newcomers

Sierra Barrett, Kimberlyn Bruce, Emily Farr, Kelci Gates, Jennifer Graziane, Kirsten Harvey, Anna Stitt, Hayley Symons, Emily Farr.

Lake Placid

The Blue Bombers have just three runners, but two of them were CVAC All-Stars and state qualifiers in 2012: Nina Armstrong and Gabby Armstrong. Nina is a junior who was Lake Placid’s top performer last season, and Gabby, a freshman, is also a talented runner.

Erin Skufca, a junior, is a first-year athlete.

Runners returning

Nina Armstrong, Gabby Armstrong.

Newcomers

Erin Skufca.

Northeastern Clinton

Samantha Smith was very strong in 2012 and has been in top form in the preseason. The Cougars have four other returning runners and two newcomers.

Northeastern Clinton will have to overcome a lack of racing experience.

Runners returning

Rachel Arless, Krista White, Jaden Gosselin, Samantha Smith, Taylor Jarvis.

Newcomers

Jessica Pelkey, Lauren White.

Peru

The Indians have a good group of runners who support and encourage each other. Five of their returning athletes made the All-Star team last season: Maria Remillard, Meghan Mazzella, Shauna Fliss, Cheyanne Dubozy and Abby Adams.

Peru will be without Ashley Leta, who was one of the top runners in the section last season.

Runners

Maranda Rock, Taylor Durocher, Maria Remillard, Meghan Mazzella, Shauna Fliss, Lindsay Meenan, Cheyanne Dubozy, Stephanie Pietz, Lillian Adams, Abby Adams.

Plattsburgh High

The Hornets have decent speed and quite a few returning runners. Sophomore Claire Deshaies is their frontrunner, while seniors Gabriella Cummings and Savanha Bulriss bring strength and leadership to the team.

Newcomers Makenzie Baker and Ella Archer round out Plattsburgh’s top five.

Runners lost

Maddie O’Connell, Rayanne Canet, Eunice Choe, Natalie Casey-Sanger.

Runners returning

Gabriella Cummings, Lee Cyphers, Claire Deshaies, Patricia Downs, Emma Jabaut, Savanha Bulriss.

Newcomers

Ella Archer, Makenzie Baker, Niamh Creedon-Carey, Gabby Parrotte, Alyssa Rector.

Saranac

The Chiefs hope to be one of the top teams in the CVAC again this season. They have a large roster that includes 14 returning athletes.

Lexi Blockson was an All-Star selection the last two years, while Janyll Barber, Taylor Manor and Lydia Miner were also strong performers in 2012.

Runners lost

Renee Andre, Alexis Bruno.

Runners returning

Lexi Haley, Allison Fink, Lexi Blockson, Morgan Rugar, Abby Cerne, Andrea Strong, Elysha O’Connell, Carlee Plumadore, Taylor Manor, Lydia Miner, Faith Haley, Janyll Barber, Jessica Dormann, Angelique Moore.

Newcomers

Gabby Dandrow, Jocelyn Benware, Caitlyn Cliché, Sage Ladieu, Christina Fray.

Saranac Lake

The Red Storm have numerous girls who have returned from last season, and they’re looking to shake things up in the CVAC. Johanna Mohrs was a participant at the state meet and a CVAC All-Star in 2012.

Senior captain Grace Sullivan is another experienced runner, and she has shown excellent leadership in the preseason.

Runners

Johanna Mohrs, Grace Sullivan, Anna Izzo, Caroline Dodd, Jacinda Riggs, Morgan Paul, Elsa Evans-Kummar, Jackie Garso.

Seton Catholic

Margaret Champagne, the defending CVAC champion, will lead Seton Catholic, which has just six runners. Melissa Whyman and Maddy Munn are two other talented returning athletes.

The Knights gained an accomplished runner in Ashley Leta, who transferred from Peru.

Runners returning

Melissa Whyman, Champagne, Maddy Munn.

Newcomers

Ashley Leta, Esther Martineau, Sofia DeJordy.

Ticonderoga

The Sentinels don’t have much depth — there are just six athletes on the team. But Niomi Forkas returns after having a strong season in 2012 and earning an All-Star nod. Veterans Elizabeth Aranguiz, Ashlyn Laperle and Marissa Thompson have also shown great potential.

The keys to Ticonderoga’s success will be getting improvement from its promising newcomers and making sure all the athletes challenge themselves each day.

Runners

Niomi Forkas, Ashlyn Laperle, Elizabeth Aranguiz, Casey Hargett, Willa Shakeshaft, Marissa Thompson.

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