By Frank Rizzo
SMITHTOWN October 13, 2006 Tri-Valley ventured to Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island to get its legs ready for an upcoming cross country meet in California.
The well-traveled Bears ran in Saint Anthony’s Invitational on Saturday after missing the 2.5-mile race for several years.
“It’s got two good hills,” boys’ coach Joe Iatauro said of Sunken Meadow. “Mount SAC has three big hills and they’re similar to Sunken Meadow’s.”
“Mount SAC” is the preferred name for Mount Saint Antonio College in Walnut, a suburb of Los Angeles. It will be Tri-Valley’s destination next weekend.
Iatauro singled out junior Courtney Roosa, who placed third in the small school girls’ race with a time of 16:05.75. Tori Flannery led a 1-2 Bronxville finish with a 15:48.06. Bronxville is rated second in the state among Class C schools while the Lady Bears are ninth.
Bronxville placed five of the top 11 runners to win the division with 29 points while Tri-Valley scored 100 for fourth place.
Tri-Valley placed eighth in the small school boys’ race, with 210 points. Monsignor McClancey won with 47 points, paced by John Reilly’s winning time of 13:07.33. Nick Denman led the Bears with a 14:49.22 for 26th. He was followed by Tom Riordan, 14:57.20 (30th), Mike Kaplan, 15:10.19 (38th), Mike Freeman, 15:55.14 (60th); Justin Tompkins, 16:17.53 (69th); and Jeremy Kinney, 16:54.21 (79th).
The Lady Bears’ other runners were 16. Rachel Sanborn, 16:57.74; 32. Naomi Weise, 18:18.15; 36. Caroline Bertholf, 18:36.00; 37. Kathryn Schneyer, 18:36.35; 38. Shannon Hornbeck, 18:39.51.