GREENBURGH, N.Y.— Both Matt Sayre and Grace Bugara knew what to expect as they lined up among the crowd of runners for the start of the Westchester County Cross Country Championship race at Woodlands High School on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The senior veterans knew it would be an intense race against a large field of about 250 runners from 40 schools in both the boys and girls varsity races. They jumped out fast to be with the lead pack ahead of the crowd, and they stayed there to the finish line as Sayre was 11th overall among the boys while Bugara was 13th in the girls’ race.
The girls varsity race went out first, and Bugara finished with a time of 21:04.8 to lead the Rebels to a sixth-place team finish with a score of 208, just seven points behind fifth-place Somers.
Jenna Pressman also had a big day for the Rebels as she was close behind Bugara in 16th-place overall. The junior was the second Rebel girl to finish as she crossed the line at 21:20.7.
Maggie McCarthy was the third girl to finish for the Rebels in 38th place overall. Maura Coakley was 77th and Lusi Godoi was 80th to round out the top five finishers to complete the team score for the Rebels.
The Yorktown girls were led by Marlee Pincus as she was the first Husker to finish in 70th place overall. The Huskers pushed each other as a team and finished in a pack as Alexa Primiani was 74th, Heather Donnelly 76th, and Grace Cooney came in 81st. Ella Morris rounded out the team score in 145th.
Sayre was with the lead pack from the start in a competitive boys varsity race and he finished with a time of 17:24.5. His 11th-place overall finish led the Rebels to an eighth-place team finish with a score of 330.
Konrad Biederman was the second Rebel to cross the finish line in the boys race in 58th place. Nick Merando was 69th with Carlos Vasquez right behind in 69th, and Ryan Bieber was 125th to complete the team score for Lakeland/Panas.
John Ahearn led the Yorktown boys to a 22nd-place team finish with a score of 515. Ahearn was 62nd overall, while Thomas Hynes was second for the Huskers in 82nd. Gregory Calidonna (92), Matt Severino (126), Salvatore Pepe (159) and Matthew Oteiza rounded out the varsity score for Yorktown.
Both Lakeland/Panas and Yorktown will compete in the Section 1 cross country championships this Saturday, Nov. 5, at Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie.