Granville sports round-up, Nov. 17, 2022

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Granville’s Amber Gibbs finished 57th at the New York State Cross Country Championships at Vernon Verona Sherrill High School last Saturday.

Runner Amber Gibbs’ dream comes true

By Keith Harrington

It has been a dream of Amber Gibbs to compete in the state cross country meet for as long as she has been participating in the sport and on Saturday that dream became a reality as Gibbs took on a field of New York’s best runners at the New York State Cross Country Championships at Vernon Verona Sherrill High School.

Gibbs, a junior who runs for the merged Granville-Whitehall team during the season, made her debut in the girls Class C event, racing as an individual entrant wearing the blue and gold of the Golden Horde as she did at the sectional meet a week ago.

Gibbs has had an outstanding season. She went unbeaten in Adirondack League meets, won the league championship meet and was named MVP. Gibbs placed fifth at the Section II meet to qualify for states.

At the state meet Gibbs finished in 57th place. Gibbs navigated the course in 22:05.2.

Angelina Napoleon of Alleghany-Limestone won the race with a time of 18:14.1.

The Lake George boys placed seventh in the Class D boys event. The Warriors won the Section II team championship a week ago.

Jason Ludlow was the highest Lake George finisher in 55th and  James Richard was right behind Ludlow in 56th. Liam Fahey-Stack (66th), Caden Willett (78th), Samuel Burns (82nd), Brendan Battersea-Manna (87th) and Oliver Herrick (94th) rounded out the finishers for the Warriors.

Schuylerville had a strong showing as a team in the Class C girls race. The Black Horses placed eighth. Adeline Ballou was the top Schuylerville runner, finishing 18th.  Rounding out the field for the Black Horses were Megan Vianese (22nd), Nikki Stark (98th), Hannah Yonkin (99th), Paige Nesbitt (118th), Lillian Letzring (119th) and Taylor Brown (120th).

Brody Olden of Warrensburg who was second in the Section II race closed out his second straight appearance at the state meet with a 37th place finish. Olden is the Adirondack League champion.

Samantha Savage of Corinth/Hadley-Luzerne who is just an 8th grader finished 94th. She is the first runner from Hadley-Luzerne to qualify for the state meet in program history.