WAYNE - The Corning boys cross country team overcame frigid and muddy conditions to capture their second class A state championship in as many years on Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state meet at Wayne High School.

The Hawks registered a team score of 38, led by third-place finisher Quinn Nicholson who finished with a time of 16:21.9.

“We definitely went out as a pack, pushed each other and things worked out like we planned,” Nicholson said.

Dan Gahagan took eighth for the Hawks in 16:36.8, Torrey Jacobson-Evans was ninth with a time of 16:37.7, Nathan Lawson placed 22nd in 16:57.2 and Bryce Derick ran to a 39th place finish with a time of 17:14.6.

“I’m very, very proud of the effort we gave today and the execution,” said Corning head coach Ray Lawson. “The conditions were so muddy, so you just don’t know how teams will respond to that. We had to rise to the challenge, and we did it today.”

Fayetteville-Manlius took second with 40 points and Niskayuna was third with 88 points.

“We were losing that race in the last 200 (meters),” Lawson said. “It was just really a team effort, Quinn did great being up front, and our boys came to run, and they fought ‘til the end and I’m proud of that.”

Despite a slow start, Corning was able to pull out the narrow victory.

“We didn’t get out as well as we wanted, and it’s hard to move up in these conditions, but we moved up,” said Lawson. “We had a lot of guys in the 30s and they ended up in the top 15, so they moved up very well. It shows their confidence and maturity.”

Horseheads’ Devin Woodworth took 23rd in the Class A race in 16:57.5.

Claire Mason, the lone participant for the Corning girls, ran to a 39th place finish with a time of 21:07.4 in the Class A girls race.

“I think I ran well,” said Mason. “I was proud of myself, considering it was so cold and muddy and bad. I kept near the girls I wanted to, and I just tried to persevere through it and stay strong.”

Madison Klein of Horseheads, who won the Section IV championship, took 20th in 20:26.0 while Elmira’s tandem of Casey Roman and Olivia Lovejoy finished 74th and 78th, respectively.

A multitude of other local runners fared well, as the top 20 finishers in each class earned individual medals.

In the Class C boys race, Watkins Glen fell just short of a second straight title with a second place finish and a team score of 67. Mount Academy took first with a team score of 50.

Aaron Planty led the Senecas with an 11th place finish in 17:30.3 and Gabe Planty took 13th with a time of 17:31.6.

“It was tough, I didn’t do as well as I wanted to,” said Gabe Planty. “We were hoping it was going to stay muddy in the ruts, it hurt to run, but it was good.”

Sean Holland took 21st for Watkins Glen in 17:40.3, Max Evans was 40th with a time of 17:58.9 and Sam Thorsland was 70th (18:50.2).

"We were hoping to give Mount Academy more of a tussle, but it didn't end up that way," said Watkins Glen head coach John Fazzary. "The conditions were messy, and borderline unsafe, but everyone had to deal with the same conditions. Overall, we're happy with our finish."

Kai Sutterby ran to a 41st place finish as the lone representative for Watkins Glen in the Class C girls race in 22:18.7.

"She was projected in the 50's, so it was a pretty good go for her under tough conditions," Fazzary said.

In Class D action, the Addison boys and girls both made strong showings.

The Knights took third in the boys race with 78 points. Beaver River won with a team score of 48 and Maple Grove was second with 73 points.

Ryan English led the Knights with an 11th place finish in 17:32.2, followed by Evan McIlwain who was 12th (17:32), Will Beckhorn took 41st (18:23.0), Nathan Hough was 44th (18:26.2) and Ronnie Dailey took 50th in 18:35.5.

“I think we did pretty good,” said Hough. “We kept other teams in our sights that we needed to. Our strategy was to get off the line quick and then settle, I think we executed pretty well.”

“No complaints, the kids stepped up and ran well today,” Addison head coach Tim Lyons said.

In the girls Class D race, Addison took fourth as a team with a score of 102. South Lewis was first (62), followed by Greenwich (65) and Maple Grove (65).

Veronica Dailey came in 32nd for Addison in 22:10.1, followed by Laurel Perrine in 35th (22:15.3), Sadie Morse was 39th (22:23.8), Megan Long took 41st (22:27.9) and Isabella Painter was 47th (22:45.6).

“The girls were in a super competitive race and the three teams that beat us would have finished second in Class B,” said Lyons. “I thought our girls ran an awesome, awe-inspiring race. It was just ultra-competitive in Class D this year.”

Alyssa Walker recorded a 40th place finish in 22:26.2 as the lone representative from Elmira-Notre Dame.

"She has battled through a lot this season, especially a bad ankle that caused her to start training late," Elmira-Notre Dame head coach Chris Wise said. "We weren’t sure how it would hold up with the really sloppy conditions but she slugged through the mud and did very well."