Local boys and girls cross country teams all gathered at Vernon-Verona-Sherill High School Saturday for the Section III cross country championship meet.
In Class A, Auburn placed eighth overall out of 11 schools with 230 points. Jack Moochler was the first Maroon to cross the finish line at 42nd place (18:12.1), followed by Gaven Gorney in 45th (18:13.8) and Ethan Reilley in 57th (18:47.1).
For Class C, of the three area teams, Skaneateles finished the highest with the fourth-place finish at 132 points. Port Byron/Union Springs was right behind in fifth (133 points) and Jordan-Elbridge came in seventh with 196 points. There were 17 teams competing in Class C.
The Lakers' Luke Rathgeb led the team with an 11th-place time (17:41.8) and was followed by Joe Norris in 20th (18:03.0), and Caleb Bender in 21st (18:07.9).
The Panthers' Braden York finished the race seventh overall (17:32.8), while teammates Ben York came in 17th (17:58.6) and Jon Jackson placed 25th (18:14.4).
For the Eagles, Sean Dristle ranked 19th (18:00.9), Hugh Schader finished 31st (18:28.0) and Kenny Williams was 40th (18:43.0).
In Class D, Weedsport posted 194 points and finished in fifth place out of 16 schools. The Warriors' top finishers were Ryan Spingler (30th, 18:40.4), A.J. Spoor (46th, 19:23.0) and Truman Pople (52nd, 19:39.2).
Cato-Meridian did not record a team score, but the Blue Devils' Logan Carnicelli recorded the top time, 18:52.1, for 38th place.
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY
Section III championships: Auburn placed eighth out of 10 schools with 251 points in Class A. Pacing the Maroons was Abbie Izzo in 42nd (22:13.2), Kate Izzo in 48th (22:43.3) and Gabrielle Wagner in 70th (24:26.9).
In Class C, Port Byron/Union Springs was sixth with 187 points, Skaneateles came in eighth with 198 points and Jordan-Elbridge finished ninth with 225 points.
The Panthers saw two of their runners finish in the top 15. Hannah Yorkey came in 11th overall (20:56.5) and Haley Yorkey was 14th (21:14.0). Also for PB/US, seventh-grader Molly Yorkey came in 40th (22:52.1).
The Lakers' Natalie Condon came in 24th (21:59.8), Elyse Osmun was 28th (22:13.2) and Hope Cross-Jaya placed 32nd (22:27.9).
For the Eagles, Theresa Dristle ranked 13th (21:01.7), Hannah Fichter was 33rd (22:28.1) and Madison Daly came in 44th (23:00.8).
Weedsport finished in 13th place in Class D, led by Natalie Mogavero in 43rd place (23:13.7). Alexis Field crossed in 78th place (24:59.5) and Makala Adams came in 84th (25:14.8).
Cato-Meridian did not record a team score, but Megan Cady placed 40th in the Class D race with a time of 22:55.3, while Lydia Cox was 66th (24:19.3) and Mairin Ellesworth was 79th (25:00.7).
Section IV championships: Southern Cayuga placed fourth out of 10 teams. The Chiefs earned 13 medals and broke four school records.
Claire Rejman won the 100 freestyle and finished second in the 50 freestyle, where she set a new school record. Maggie Angotti also took gold in the 100 backstroke.
Brook Green took second in the 500 freestyle while setting a new Chiefs record. The relay team of Green, Emma VanAmburgh, Angotti and Rejman set school records in the 400 freestyle relay (3:48.68).
Hudson Valley CC 88, Cayuga CC 82: The Spartans trailed by 18 points after the third quarter, but rallied back to come within four points in the final minute. CCC couldn't overcome a Hudson Valley shooting performance that included 11 3-pointers (seven 3 -pointers in the third quarter).
Five players reached double digits in scoring for CCC. Gabby Bell led the way with 18 points, while Jasmine Walker recorded 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Dontasia Britt finished with a double-double on 11 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Helzer (Port Byron) chipped in with 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, and Emily Klock (Jordan-Elbridge) added 10 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Lauren Clifford contributed eight points and eight rebounds.
CCC is 1-1 and hosts SUNY Adirondack on Sunday.