WAPPINGER FALLS - Over the weekend, the Corning Hawks boys cross country team became the first ever Section IV team to qualify for the Nike National meet with a second place finish at the 2017 Nike Cross Regional Championships held at Bowdoin Park. The race featured the best runners from across New York State.
Quinn Nicholson paced the Hawks with a fifth place finish with a time of 16:06.
“Quinn ran a great race, he’s delibrate about the way he runs, gets out well for himself, moves up and finishes very strong,” Corning head coach Ray Lawson said. “He’s able to manage. He’s very calm about where he is in the race and doesn’t panic about what place he is in.”
“This is what we hoped, that he could get healthy and have a respectable finish at the regional meet and hopefully get to the national meet,” said Lawson.
Other boys finishers for the Hawks included Nathan Lawson who finished 13th in 16:45.1, Torrey Jacobson-Evans took 15th in 16:48.1, Dan Gahahgan was 17th (16:50.9) and Bryce Derrick came in 48th (17:31.1).
“We had four runners in the top 20,” Lawson said. “I think all of our boys ran really well.”
Fayetteville-Manlius won the race with a team score of 50, while Corning finished with a 98. The stipulation for a trip to the national meet is being a top two team at the regional meet.
For the girls, Corning finished with a team score of 296, good for an 11th place team finish, led by Claire Mason’s 43rd place finish (20:43.0).
Kate Mertus took 58th (21:10.8), Brynne Ketchum was 61st (21:15.9), Alicia Lawson ran to a 67th place finish (21:16.6) and Grace Scouten was 72nd (21:49.3).
“Our girls had some down races this season, but we did well at sectionals with a second place finish,” said Lawson. “I thought it was a respectable finish for us.”
The Corning boys will travel to Portland, Oregon to compete in the national meet on Saturday.
“We’re very proud of making it, and I think the whole section is proud of it, to send one of our own to the national meet,” Lawson said. “Something like this happens and it shows that Section IV can do it.”