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Hamburg boys 13th, girls, second, at McQuaid Invite

HAMBURG RACERS AT MCQUAID— Hamburg’s top seven at the starting line from the McQuaid Invite included, from left: Noah Schaner, Ben Pyne, Aaron Wojnicki, Dima Blundell, Christian Kostowniak, Jake Wojnicki and Jake Haney.
The Hamburg boys cross-country team ran at the McQuaid Invitational, finishing 13th out of 31 schools in the unseeded AA varsity race.

In a rebuilding year with 12 freshmen on the varsity/junior varsity squad and another eight of the 25-man roster in their first year of running, the Bulldogs have been led by captain Jake Wojnicki. He finished 11th out of 237 runners with a time of 16:15.0 on the 3-mile course. Returning junior Jake Haney was Hamburg’s most improved runner of the day, finishing 84th with a time of 17:50.9, more than 40 seconds faster than his last race.

Also scoring for the Bulldogs were junior Ben Pyne, freshman Dima Blundell and sophomore Aaron Wojnicki. Finishing out the varsity were juniors Noah Schaner and Christian Kostowniak. The team’s next invitational is scheduled for Oct. 12 at Alden.

On the girls side, the Bulldogs celebrated homecoming weekend by traveling to Rochester for the McQuaid Invitational, where they finished second in the combined AA varsity race among the 39 schools represented with nearly 300 runners. Olivia Luthringer led the Bulldogs with a 10th-place finish and Cuddihy was 3 seconds behind. Hannah Fredriksen and Morgan Lewis also earned medals and Isabel Luthringer and Erin Kane earned ribbons. Molly Kabza was among those on the team hit by dehydration.

In varsity B, Carol Connors continued her improvement, leading the Bulldogs to 16th, among 36 schools. Leah Covelli, Gabby LaRosa, Claire Herrmann, Mikaela Ott, Meghan Gorman, Kathleen Magee and Allie DeMarco also gave solid efforts. Liz Bogner experienced some dehydration issues.

On Sept. 24, Hamburg fell to top-ranked Sweet Home, on its home course at Chestnut Ridge. Although the Bulldogs got seven runners in front of Sweet Home’s fifth, they could not crack the top three. Erin Cuddihy’s fourth-place effort placed her sixth on Hamburg’s all-time leaderboard with 21:14. For the yearly board, current places are held by Cuddihy, Kabza, Lewis, Fredriksen, Kane, Covelli and Rosemary Herbst, with one home meet remaining.

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