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FOUR LOCAL COMPETITORS line up at the starting line for the Boys’ Class C race at Saturday’s NYSPHSAA state championship cross country meet. From left to right are Matt Layman of Sullivan West, Brett Cucci of SW, Michael Kaplan of Tri-Valley and Nick Denman of T-V.

Local Runners Compete At NYSPHSAA Meet

By Rob Potter
WARWICK — November 14, 2006 — On Saturday, thousands of cross country runners and their coaches, family members and friends from around The Empire State traveled to the Sanfordville Elementary School.
The occasion was the 56th annual New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) Cross Country state championships, hosted by Section IX and the Warwick Valley High School.
As the early morning fog burned off, runners enjoyed a downright balmy November day as the temperatures were above normal and the sun shone brightly.
Among the thousands of harriers traversing the 3.09-mile course were 15 Sullivan County athletes who represented the Eldred, Livingston Manor, Monticello, Sullivan West and Tri-Valley school districts.
The best finish among the county runners was recorded by T-V junior Courtney Roosa. She placed 14th in the girls’ Class C race with a time of 19 minutes, 29.1 seconds.
The other county runners placed as follows:
Boys’ Class A – 21. Brendan Devine, Monticello, 16:26.5
Girls’ Class A – 86. Emma Cohen, Monticello, 21:18.6
Boys’ Class C – 43. Nick Denman, T-V, 17:33.9; 55. Matt Layman, SW, 17:50.3; 66. Brett Cucci, SW, 18:10.1; 76. Michael Kaplan, T-V, 18:21.5
Girls’ Class C – 31. Rianne Erlwein, SW, 20:09.5; 48. Shannon Hornbeck, T-V, 20:44.6; 67. Rachel Sanborn, T-V, 21:23.1
Boys’ Class D – 44. Greg Lewis, Manor, 18:15.5; 81. Rob Snyder, Eldred, 19.17.4; Did Not Finish – Max Gunther, Eldred
Girls’ Class D – 38. Ashley Vicari, Eldred, 21:26; 86. Grace Babula, Eldred, 24:11.5; 102. Jennifer Green, Manor, 25:20.6.

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