The Irvington boys claimed the League 2 championship on Oct. 31 in the Ulster County town of Milton. The Bulldogs won 19-44, while the Bronxville girls avenged a loss to the Irvington girls earlier this fall, winning the league title, 26-30.
Due to Covid cases in their districts, Dobbs Ferry and Hastings were forced to miss the race.
The Irvington boys were led by a first-place performance by Liam Lyons in 17:05.3, followed by Bronxville’s John Ryan in 17:06.1. Fourteen Irvington harriers then crossed the finish line before Bronxville’s number two finisher.
Irvington’s remaining four scorers were Alex Bjorgvinsson in third in 17:29.2, Lucas Turano in fourth in 17:38.5, Nick Levin in fifth in 17:45.8, and Jake Ourman in sixth in 17:50.9.
“Our boys put on a clinic with their depth,” Irvington head coach Chris Barry said. “To get eight boys under 18:00, and [a dozen] under 19:00, is so impressive and reflective of how much they have put in. Our junior boys really emerged yesterday, with Liam winning over a strong Bronxville number one in John Ryan to win the race, and Lucas Turano, Mitch Milun, and Jake Ourman each having their best races ever.”
Milun was seventh in 17:54.4.
“We definitely missed Hastings’ fine boys’ team,” Barry said. “They would have given us a big challenge, no doubt, but our boys ran very, very well and I think they were ready to win the league meet.”
The league crown was the Irvington boys’ fifth in the last six years. Dobbs Ferry’s win in 2018 was the lone outlier in that span.
The Bronxville girls placed first, third, and fourth to cop the league title. Irvington’s best finisher was Lulu Forte, who placed second in 20:47.7. Irvington also received a fifth-place finish from Isabella Berger in 21:44.6, a sixth-place finish from Lauren Allan in 21:46.8, an eighth-place finish from Devin Reilly in 22:03.6, and a ninth-place finish from Isabella Moyer in 22:29.0.
“The coaches were very happy with the way our girls battled Bronxville, even coming up a little short,” Barry said. “Lulu has made herself into a legit upfront runner, and Isabella Berger has been so, so consistent for us this fall.”
He continued, “Lauren Allan had another big kick to finish up, Devin Reilly battled again through knee pain to keep us in the race, and Isabella Moyer ran in our top five for the first time.”
Barry added, “With Joanna Paul [10th in 22:37.4], our top six is as good as any team we've had since the days of Annie Field and Mairin Din.”
Irvington will next tangle with Dobbs Ferry and Hastings on Nov. 7.
“Dobbs Ferry will get a shot at our girls and Hastings at our boys on our home course, assuming all goes well,” Barry said.
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In a dual meet on Oct. 23, visiting Ardsley was swept by Sleepy Hollow with the boys losing, 25-34, and the girls coming up short, 25-32.