CROTON, N.Y. – John Jay’s girls cross country team finished second behind Ursuline at the Westchester County Championships on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Croton Point Park.

“The girls did well to finish second to a strong Ursuline team, especially given that one of our runners had to drop out mid race and another rolled her ankle in warmups,” said John Jay coach Paul Saloom. “Not an excuse, but that aside we still need all the girls to be healthy and run their best race to get past Pearl River at sectionals in two weeks. Our girls are great competitors and are up to the challenge.”

Clodagh McGroary led the Indians again, finishing eighth in a time of 18:55.7. Teammate Kelsey Crawford was right behind her in ninth (18:59.8).

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Samantha Comstock was 17th with a time of 19:37.8 while Morgan Johnson placed 27th (20:15). Ciara McGroary was 48th and Sophie Guo took 61st in a field of 198 competitors.

The boys squad was sparked by Thomas Dachik, who took 14th (16:30.2). Sam Posner was 23rd (16:51.7) and Max Goodman finished 24th (16:53.6). Connor Jenkins came in 39th for the boys, who were sixth as a team out of 33 squads.

“I’m very happy with the boys’ sixth-place finish, which put them as the top B school team at the meet,” Saloom said. “The boys have been getting stronger every week and will need to get past Pearl River and Brewster at sectionals to advance as a team to states.”

John Jay will compete in the Section 1 championship meet on Nov. 9 at Bowdoin Park. The girls are the defending section champions.

“It should be an exciting meet,” Saloom said.