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The Tri-Valley boys’ cross country team will be returning a strong contingent of runners, including Ian Kurzrock who placed 35th in the state championship.

Fall Sports Wrap:

Staff Report
December 10, 2013 —

Coach: Chuck Rehm
Record: NA. Placed high in many invitationals.
Season highlights: (Team) placed 2nd in Section IX...Ten of 11 runners had lifetime bests at the OCL championship meet. (Individual) Ian Kurzrock qualified for states and placed 35th overall there.
Coach’s comment: “The boys had an outstanding season. They fell just short of their goal of winning a Section 9 championship. Led by Ian Kurzrock and Hauk Boyes, they improved to the point where they were contenders for the championship. Brendon Hasbrouck and Aidan Woolsey also had great seasons. Justin Weintraub was hampered by injuries and did not have the season envisioned for him.
Looking ahead: “We will be losing five seniors to graduation: Hauk Boyes, Brendon Hasbrouck, Aidan Woolsey, Justin Weintraub, and Sowoo Chon. Returning will be Kurzrock and a great contingent of young runners: Aidan McHugh, Evan Edwards, Robbie Mercado, Max Cabrera, and Tim Glinski. We have a large group of eighth graders moving up to the varsity level next year. A few of the young guys will impact the varsity team in a big way as freshman. With such a large group of young runners coming along, the Tri-Valley XC team looks to be strong for many years to come.”

Coach: Eric Risher
Record: 6-9-1 overall
Coach’s comment: “This season was the start of Tri-Valley becoming a competitive boys’ program. With only 13 players, they trained and worked hard, learning a new system with a new coach. To be competitive in varsity sports these days, simply showing up in August, having 10 practices and starting the season will never work. Teams must train year round and that is what the future goal is for Tri-Valley. The record may not have shown it, but the work ethic of these se 13 players started the ball rolling and next season’s goal is simple – "WIN."

Coach: Tyler Eckhoff
Record: N/A with exhibition dual meets
Season's highlights: Third consecutive Section IX Class C championship...First place finishes at Lombardo Saugerties Invitational (Varsity Race); Marathon Invitational and OCIAA Division V Championships; third place @ Six Flags Wild Safari Invitational (Varsity E Race); 8th place @ OCIAA Championships (which includes schools from all classes; first among Class C and D schools.); 8th place @ NYSPHSAA State Class C Championships
Top runners: Autumn Bender, 9th Place, Washingtonville Invitational, 20:18.27 (3 Miles), Received Most Valuable Player Award.
Sabrena Smith, 74th Place, State Meet, 20:44.8 (5K), Top finisher at the state meet.
Alex Brooks, 43rd Place, OCIAA Meet, 20:34.34 (5K), Received the Most Improved Award.
Ali Reynolds, 106th Place, state meet, 21:35.1 (5K).
Brooke Gillette, 107th Place, state meet, 21:36.5 (5K).
Brittany Pennell, 89th Place, state meet, 20:10.8 (5K).
Danielle Graham: 5th place, Saugerties Invitational, 20:24 (5K), Received the Coaches Award for her Great Work Ethic.
Coach’s comment: “The girls did something truly remarkable in winning a third consecutive Section IX title.”
Looking ahead: “Returning runners Autumn Bender and Brittany Pennell form excellent No. 1 and 2 runners for years to come. Five seniors are graduating and they will be missed. Next year's team will be an up-and-coming team which will surprise many. Some new faces as well as the strong performances of Mary Conway (22:54.94 at Bear Mountain) and Mikayla Coddington (23:57.91 at Bear Mountain) set this team up for success in the future.”

Coach: John Rusin
Record: 0-9, 0-3 league
Season’s highlights: “As a team, despite our record, there was improvement throughout the season. We are only graduating one senior (Alberto Hernandez) and have a solid nucleus returning.”
Top players: Junior Justin Swarthout rushed for 786 yds and eight TDs this season. He passed for 396 yds and 4 TDs. He also lead our team in tackles with 65 from the safety position. Justin was also named to the SNFCA All Section and All-League teams... Jarred James rushed for 641 yards and caught 8 passes for 224 yards. He also had 423 yards in kickoff returns.
Coach’s comment: “I was very proud of our core group of players. They were present and worked hard every day, did not complain, did not make excuses, and did not quit. They are great kids who were a pleasure to coach on a daily basis.”
Looking ahead: “If our players commit themselves to their off-season training regimen, everyone stays healthy, and a few more athletes get on the field, I see no reason why Tri-Valley can't be competitive again in the very near future.”

Coach: Mary Feusner
Record: 2-12, 0-6 league.
Season’s highlights: a 6-3 win over Monticello (an "A" school) in the final home contest for our seniors...0-0 tie vs. Sullivan West (a "B" school).
Top players: Our award winners were as follows: Offensive MVP - senior Colleen Jones; Defensive MVP - junior Caroline Martin; MIP - junior Danielle DeVito; Coach's Award - junior Sara Dertinger; 14 players earned their varsity letters
Coach’s comment: “This season we were plagued by injuries. Fortunately players on our roster stepped up their games and the junior varsity squad members filled in admirably. Eight first-year players learned how to compete at the varsity level.
Looking ahead: “Next season we will focus on finishing in the box and finding a keeper to replace Ashley Exner who graduates after three seasons at the varsity level. I'm looking forward to a new crop of players that impressed me with their play at the junior varsity level. I am hoping and praying that our players will have 100 percent recoveries from injuries. We are all anxious for the opportunity to play on our brand new, regulation-sized field located on campus.”

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