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X-C titles go to Hutch-Tech, East Aurora

Hutch-Tech and East Aurora were the big winners at Friday's Section VI Cross Country Championships at Elma Meadows.

The Engineers became the fourth City team to capture a sectional title when they won the Class A at Friday's event held under sunny skies with temperatures in the mid-50s.

Dana Walpole ran 50 seconds faster than projected, crossing in 17:56.8. It made all the difference as Tech won the team title by a mere two points over Grand Island, 67-65.

EA's boys and girls captured team titles. Joe Whelan of Hamburg and Brenna Symoniak of Amherst had the fastest times of the day for boys and girls.

The winning team in each of the day's 10 races, along with the top five runners not on the winning team, advance to next Saturday's New York State Championship at Sunken Meadow, LI.

---Mary Jo Monnin

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