CHENANGO - Both the Corning boys and girls took home Section IV Class A titles Thursday at Chenango Valley State Park in the Section IV Championships to qualify for the state meet.
“Any time you win sectionals, that’s no easy accomplishment,” Corning head coach Ray Lawson said. “I’m proud of the way both our guys and girls took the race really seriously, they executed well. I’m excited to have a guys team and a girls team going to the state meet.”
In the boys race, Corning’s Bryce Derick finished first with a time of 16:35, edging out teammate Nathan Lawson (16:36) in the final 20 meters of the race.
“I haven’t had a great [individual] season, so It feels good to come in and win sectionals,” said the senior Derick. “Our goal was get out well through a mile and work together with my teammates for the rest of the race.”
Torrey Jacobson-Evans finished fourth for Corning (17:07) followed by Jared Gridley (10th; 17:32), Steven Segal (11th; 17:34), Matthew Hong (12th; 17:49) and Robert Kesterson (13th; 17:52).
Also qualifying for states for the boys included Horseheads’ Devin Woodworth, who finished third (16:54) and Elmira’s Jason Matthewson who finished fifth (17:15).
In the girls class A race, Horseheads’ Madison Klein took first with a time of 19:02.5, a full 40 seconds ahead of the field. Klein captures her second individual title in as many years with the win.
“I thought I did pretty good, I ran faster than last year and that’s what I really wanted to do,” said Klein. “I wanted to take my title again, and I was happy I was able to do that. I was kind of worried about the Corning girls, but I was able to trust myself and do what I knew I was capable of.”
Corning’s Lindsey Butler, running in her fifth career cross country race, was the closest to Klein taking second with a time of 19:44.1.
“I was definitely hurting in the last two-thirds of the race,” said Butler. “I’m not too happy with my race, but we qualified for state and in this race it's all about the team and we’re going to states.”
Freshman Faithe Ketchum took third for the Hawks in 19:45.9 followed by Claire Mason (6th; 20:38), Grace Scouten (8th; 20:49), Alicia Lawson (13th; 21:05), Victoria Collins (18th; 21:40) and Brynne Ketchum (19th; 21:44).
Samantha Woodworth finished third (20:09.4) to qualify for states for Horseheads and Payton Ross took seventh (20:45.1) to qualify for Elmira.
In class D action, Elmira Notre Dame’s Alyssa Walker took first in 19:56.4 to qualify for the state meet and teammate Piper Young also finished seventh in 21:27 to qualify.
“I felt really good this race,” said Walker. “I haven’t been racing too well this season. This week, I just focused on knowing that I’m fast and I can compete against these people and I felt really good.”
In the boys class D race, freshman Steven Gough finished fifth in 18:00 to become the lone Elmira Notre Dame boy to qualify for the state meet.
“I really wanted to make it to states,” said Gough. “I was pushing really hard. At the beginning of the season --- I was probably top-50 with these guys --- I just worked my butt off all season and came out with states.”
Watkins Glen's Gabe Planty finished first in the class C race in 16:30.1.