Boys and girls each take second place in groups
The Haldane High School cross-country teams turned in solid performances on Oct. 17 at an invitational meet at the Hudson Valley Sports Complex in Milton.
The boys finished second in their group, which included Greeley, Yorktown, Pelham, Nyack and Ardsley. Walter Hoess paced the Blue Devils, finishing fifth in 18:01. Luke Parella was sixth in 18:04 and Everett Campanile was eighth in 18:09.
Among the other Haldane runners, John Kisslinger was 19th in 19:45 and Conrad White was 21st in 19:53. Newcomers Rowen Kuzminski finished in 20:02 and Julian Ambrose in 20:12.
“I’m thrilled beyond belief,” Coach Tom Locascio said after he meet. “We haven’t had three runners finish in the 18-minute range in several years. That really helps with team scoring. And our fourth and fifth runners also broke 20 minutes. Hoess turned in a solid performance and Luke and Kisslinger each had a fantastic last 200 meters.”
The girls’ team also placed second in their group, paced by Shannon Ferri, who won in 20:51. Newcomer Caroline Cates finished sixth in 23:02; the other finishers were Celia Drury, Helen Nichols and Erris Maguire.
“We had an injury to our No. 2 runner [Eloise Pearsall] on the course, so she did not finish,” said Locascio. For that reason, “the girls didn’t score as well as we thought, but Cates was great in only her second race and Celia also ran strong.”
Haldane is scheduled to compete at a second Milton Invitational on Saturday (Oct. 24).