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High School Extra (Nov. 1): E.A., Lockport sweep cross country foes

Blue Devils have big day

East Aurora clearly showed that it has the best cross country program among ECIC schools on Saturday. The Blue Devils captured both the boys and girls team titles.

In the girls race, Sophia Tasselmyer of East Aurora won the 3-mile event in a time of 17 minutes, 53.42 seconds. That made for a win over teammate Fiona Danieu.

Blue Devil runners also finished fifth (Maisy Webster), sixth (Molly McLaughlin) and 10th (Tori Klimowicz). East Aurora finished with a total of 24 points. That was well ahead of Clarence (104), which did not have a runner in the top 10.

Clarence did earn top honors among Division 1 schools, while Sweet Home won Division 2 and Alden was the winner in Division 4.

On the boys side, Kenny Vasbinder of East Aurora won the race in 15:25:79. That was almost 20 seconds better than runner-up Peter Rindfuss of Hamburg (15:43.93).

The Blue Devils had four of the top seven finishers, including Matt McLaughlin (fifth, 16:12.09), TJ Murray (sixth, 16:15.31), and Ian Russ (seventh, 16:15.97).

East Aurora had 34 points in the meet, as Orchard Park was second (58) and Hamburg came in third (115).

In the division competition, Orchard Park won the race among Division 1 schools, Hamburg took Division 2, and Alden captured Division 4 honors.

Lockport doubles up

In the Niagara Frontier League cross country competition, Lockport followed East Aurora’s lead by sweeping the competition in both boys and girls events at Beaver Island State Park.

Connor Doran (16:39.9) led the Lions to an impressive day in the boys race. He was closely followed by teammates Chris Sims (2nd, 17:16.3), Scott Anderson (5th, 17:39.4) and Adam Perilli (6th, 17:40.8). Lockport’s 24 points were well ahead of Grand Island and Niagara Falls.

The Lions went one-two in the girls race, as Sarah Kurbs (20:30.1) edged Sydney Nowicki by two-tenths of a second. The team competition was almost that close, as Lockport nipped Kenmore West by two points.

In Niagara-Orleans competition, Barker captured the boys title at Lakeside Beach. It had 52 points to Newfane’s 72. Samuel Auernhamer won the individual title.

Newfane captured the girls crown, edging Akron, 118-121. Kimberly Goerss of Newfane was the individual winner.

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