Weekly Feature

2018-09-13 / Sports

East harriers fare well in opening meets

Several returning members of West Seneca East’s cross-country program got their 2018 seasons off on the right foot recently with their performances in the Knox Invitational and the Stephan Siller 5K.

Junior Vinny Pagliaccio took fifth place for the boys’ team at the Knox Invitational, while senior fourth-year runner and team co-captain Josh Lisiecki placed seventh. Sean McCartan took 12th at Knox and also won the Siller 5K in Cheektowaga. David Thiel-Colvin placed third at Cheektowaga. It was a strong showing for the Trojans, who lost a longtime contributor, Josh Glaub, off a squad that finished 2-9 in 2017.

The girls, meanwhile, saw Emma Grzebinski take 10th at the Knox Invitational. Other returning Lady Trojans from last season’s 1-10 squad include Kaylee McNichol and co-captain Rachel Castello. Eighth-grade team newcomer Mina Graney “has been a great addition to the team” and “has shown tremendous work ethic,” coach Colin O’Donnell said.

Both Castello and fellow co-captain Emma Fredenburg are in their fourth year on the Lady Trojans’ roster.

“Everyone who’s back, boys and girls, seem to be better prepared at this stage than we were last season, so I’m hoping we’ll be able to surprise some people,” O’Donnell said. “The team is just really starting to bond as a cohesive unit, and I think our collective determination is going to take us far this year.”

East returns to action Saturday by taking part in the annual West Seneca Invite at West Seneca West’s home course at Sunshine Park. The Trojans will then return to Sunshine Park three days later to take on the Indians in this year’s installment of the Cross Town Cup meet.

“I’d really like to see some of our runners be named ECIC all-stars and, hopefully, be able to send some runners to states, but for that to happen it’s going to take hard work and a consistent effort in practice,” O’Donnell said.

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