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Three WNY runners win at McQuaid Invitational

There were three individual winners and three team champions from Western New York on Saturday at the 55th McQuaid Invitational Cross Country meet run over a 3-mile course at Genesee Valley State Park in Rochester.

The biggest prize went to Josh Peron, a junior from Frontier. He won the Boys Seeded AAA run in 15 minutes, 21.1 seconds over a field of 147.

Peron won last week’s East Aurora Invitational and was second the week before in the Knox Farm meet. Senior Evan Hilbert of St. Joe’s, who was first in the Knox run, finished fifth (15.32.8) on Saturday.

Among WNY winners was Jack Lenz, a junior from Amherst, who ran first in the Boys Unseeded AA race in 15:56.7, leading a 1-2 finish by the Tigers. Teammate Ely Personius was second in 16:01.1.

Depew senior Dean Godios won the boys unseeded varsity A-2 race for small schools at the McQuaid Invitational at Genesee Valley State Park in Rochester on Saturday. His time was 15:56.8. He won the race by nearly 18 seconds.

Among the girls, Emily Brown of Fredonia in Girls Unseeded A-2 in 18:25.5. In the girls unseeded varsity AA-2 race for small schools, Amherst's Mallory Grubb was the winner in 18:04.2 for an 11-second win against the second-place finisher.

There were four other WNY runners in the top five among the 244 competitors, including Lauren Wagner of Akron, who was second in 18:33.6.

Team titles went to Maple Grove in the Boys Unseeded A-3; East Aurora in Girls Seeded AA and Newfane in Girls Seeded A.

A fifth-place finish by Peter Auer (16:26.6) led Maple Grove to its title. Megan McLaughlin (18:06.9) and Karis Ertel (18:17.4) finished 2-3 to lead East Aurora. Geneva Green of the Blue Devils was 10th in 18:43.8.

First to cross for Newfane was eight-grader Kylie Bowman (18:48.4), who came in seventh.

Among the other high finishes by WNY boys teams were:

Second place for Orchard Park in Unseeded AAA; second place for East Aurora in Unseeded AA; second for Williamsville North and fourth for Amherst in Unseeded AA-2.

Fourth place by Jack Heraty (15.58.2) led Orchard Park to second place.

Nichols was second in the Girls Unseeded A-2, and was led by a fourth-place finish by Holly Arrison (18:52.1). Silver Creek was third in Girls Unseeded A-3.

Ronan McDonald of Randolph (15.34.8) and sophomore Kyle Urban of Alden (15:39.5), were second and third, in the Boys Seeded A run.

Podlas wins Catholic golf

Eliza Podlas, a Sacred Heart junior, shot 44 at Elma Meadows to win the Monsignor Martin Association Girls 9-hole Stroke Play Golf championship.

Podlas finished one stroke better than Nardin senior Hayley Mahoney. Nardin’s Amie Scherrer, was third with 47.

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