WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – John Jay’s four-year run as Class B girls section champions came to an end, but it was still a positive day last Saturday, Nov. 9, at Bowdoin Park.
Junior Kelsey Crawford and senior Clodagh McGroary each qualified for states and the John Jay girls finished in second as a team behind Pearl River.
Crawford finished fourth in a time of 20:06.1 while McGroary was eighth in 20:18.1.
“Both girls ran great races,” said John Jay coach Paul Saloom. “They went out hard from the start and kept their positions throughout the race in a very talented field of runners.”
Crawford has overcome some obstacles this season.
“I have not been running well all season due to an illness, and I felt it during this race,” she said. “But I fought hard and was happy to qualify for states.”
Senior Morgan Johnson was right behind McGroary in ninth (20:20.4), just missing out on states.
Samantha Comstock (19th, 22:00.2) and Ciara McGroary (20th, 22:00.8) finished a split second from each other. Lily O’Shoughnessy (31st) and Sophie Guo (46th) rounded out their competitors.
For the boys, junior Thomas Dachik just missed qualifying for states by one spot with a seventh-place finish in the Class B race. He clocked a time of 17:25.7. Sophomore Max Goodman wasn’t far behind in ninth (17:36.2).
Connor Jenkins (18th, 18:10.5), Sam Posner (26th, 18:26.9), David Lovejoy (36th) and Liam Tuohy (40th) finished in the top 40 runners.
The boys team placed fourth out of 18 teams.
Saloom was proud of the effort from both of his squads.
“Both teams ran their hearts out,” he said. “Pearl River’s boys and girls teams were the favorites going in and we knew that we would have to collectively have our best races of the season as teams to hope to win the section. The boys and girls rose to the challenge, but we could not pack our top fives in close enough at the finish to beat them.”
Crawford and McGroary will continue their cross-country seasons in the state championship meet on Nov. 16 in Plattsburgh.
“Both girls have been running very well all season and are aiming to be on the podium on Saturday,” Saloom said.
Crawford will be making her fourth trip to states but its her first time competing as an individual instead of with her full team.
“It will be much different,” she said. “I hope Clodagh and I can run well. Last year I finished eighth, and it would be great to do that well this year after how hard the season has been.”