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2017-10-12 / Sports

Lady Indian harriers win own invitational


West Seneca West’s Emma Larkman powers through the course at Sunshine Park en route to placing second overall, in 20 minutes, 7.32 seconds, during the Large Schools girls race at Saturday’s annual West Seneca Invitational. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos atwww.BeeNews.com West Seneca West’s Emma Larkman powers through the course at Sunshine Park en route to placing second overall, in 20 minutes, 7.32 seconds, during the Large Schools girls race at Saturday’s annual West Seneca Invitational. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos atwww.BeeNews.com West Seneca West’s girls team won the large schools race in Saturday’s 23rd West Seneca Cross-Country Invitational, claiming the title for just the third time in event history and the first time since 2008 — when it was held at Firemen’s Park.

The Lady Indians, who posted their lowest-ever score (25 points) at this invitational, were led by Emma Larkman’s second-place time of 20 minutes, 7.32 seconds, which is the ninth-fastest time ever posted at Sunshine Park by a member of West’s girls team. Junior co-captain Anna Rybczynski took third overall, followed by junior Allison Stainsby (fourth), sophomore Sarah Mruk (fifth) and junior Madison Vanderlip (11th).

Other personal-best 5K times were recorded by sophomore Isabella Cremeno (25:52.75 in the freshman/sophomore girls race) and senior Breanna Lambert (26:47.36 in the varsity “B” girls race).

Stainsby was selected as a Checkers Athletic Club Runner of the Week for her efforts at the invitational, garnering such honors for the second straight season. Mruk was also selected as a Runner of the Week for her efforts for the third consecutive season.

Fellow girls team members Emily Benkleman and Breanna Lambert were also among the program’s five seniors — boys team members John Archilla, Joseph Brown and Thomas Woods were also recognized — honored Saturday as part of the Senior Day celebration.

West’s boys team, meanwhile, fifth out of 15 programs represented in the large schools boys race, scored 125 points. The boys JV team, however, defeated 11 other boys programs represented in the freshman/sophomore race, scoring 36 points to win this event for the first time in program history.

Junior Tyler Bishop placed an impressive sixth place out of the 78 finishers to pace West with his personal-best 5K time of 16:52.01. It was the second-fastest ever finish by a West boy at Sunshine Park — and only the second to ever break the 17-minute mark — and is now the fastest West junior boys time ever at Sunshine Park.

Freshman Christian Ruiz won the freshman/sophomore race to place first for the first time in his career at an invitational. Ruiz was followed by freshmen Brady Harris and Evan Larkman, sophomore Jordan Ortman (personal-best 20:27.83 5K time), and freshman Tyler Fogarty (personal-best 20:37.08 5K time) to round out the boys top five scorers in the freshman/sophomore race.

Other 5K personal bests were performed by freshmen Nathan Dzielinski (22:15.93) and Joseph Saccomanno (22:19.75) in the freshman/ sophomore boys race.

The boys varsity team, meanwhile, was led by junior Tyler Bishop’s sixth-place finish out of 78 competitors who completed that race. Bishop was followed by Brown in 20th, Archilla in 23rd, Woods in 26th and junior Dylan Gee in 56th.

“Many of our student athletes took advantage of racing on their home course this past Saturday,” coach Emilio Mancino said.

Prior to the Invitational, West traveled to Chestnut Ridge Park on Oct. 3 to face Orchard Park. The Lady Indians remained undefeated on the year, improving to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in ECIC I action with their 15-50 conquest. Emma Larkman led the way by winning her second straight regular-season meet and was followed by six of her teammates to give the Lady Indians the sweep.

Also finishing in scoring position were Stainsby in second, Mruk in third, Vanderlip in fourth and sophomore Madison Mariani in fifth.

The boys team, meanwhile, came up just short to remain winless on the year via its 31-24 setback. Bishop led the team with his second-place finish, followed by Ruiz in fifth, Brown in seventh, Woods in eighth and Archilla in ninth.

West resumes action Saturday when it travels to Saratoga Springs to take part in the 36th Burnt Hills Cross-Country Invitational.

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