WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. – North Salem junior Ava Jolley placed first in the Class C race at sectionals for the second straight year, cruising to the finish line in a time of 19:45 at Bowdoin Park on Nov. 9.

She built a big lead and beat the second-place finisher, Dobbs Ferry’s Phoebe Ward, by more than 20 seconds.

Juliette Intrieri took 26th for the Tigers in 23:13. Mia Santis (34th), Emma Litchfield (42nd) and Isabella Schembri (53rd) rounded out the competitors for the girls.

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The North Salem girls placed sixth out of 10 teams in Class C.

Henry James paced North Salem’s boys team, placing 31st (19:06). Nicholas DiGiacomo was 50th (19:44.6). Ryan Renda (73rd), Jake Greenberg (76th) and Alexander Laquer (78th) finished in the top 80 in a field of 128 runners.

The boys took ninth out of 14 teams.

Coach Chris Gould was proud of both the boys and girls efforts in the chilly November conditions.

“Our mantra all season was work to improve…together,” Gould said. “The results showed at sectionals. Nearly all had their best career times at Bowdoin. That defines true success in our sport.”

Jolley will compete in the New York State championship meet on Nov. 16 in Plattsburgh.

“She could potentially be racing for another four weeks, depending on outcomes,” Gould said. “With that in mind, the strategy (at sectionals) was about place, not time. Ava executed that perfectly. It’s been an incredible journey over the past few years and there’s more to come. Her work ethic and determination has put her in a position to compete for state champion on Saturday.”