Irvington’s boys’ cross-country team cruised to the League 3B title with 27 points on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Host Hastings finished second with a distant 69 points while Dobbs Ferry was right behind the Yellow Jackets in third with 70 points.

Liam Lyons crossed the finish line in first place for the Bulldogs, with a clocking of 13:05.6. Teammate Lucas Turano was slightly over two seconds behind him in second place (13:07.8). 

Rounding out the finishers for Irvington were Ryan Carron (seventh, 13:44.6), Brice Pierce (eighth, 13:52.5), Indy Minkoff (ninth, 13:53.7), Mitchell Milun (12th, 14:00.2), and Taoig Cyper (14th, 14:08.1).

“We are glad our boys’ varsity are league champions, as they have worked hard and raced well all fall,” Irvington coach Chris Barry said. “We are also proud of our JV boys for sweeping their race. Our boys’ team depth is really something else this year.”

Hastings was sparked by Emmett McGrath in third (13:10.7) with Owen Pietraszek taking fourth (13:16.8). Gus Renzin placed 16th.

“Emmett McGrath and Owen Pietraszek have been training well together, and their third- and fourth-place finishes highlight those efforts,” Hastings coach Molly Guilfoyle said. “We were missing a key runner in Patrick Maloney, but teammates Gus Renzin, Seamus Pugh, and Emre O'Flaherty worked as a pack to push each other and fill that gap.”

Dobbs Ferry was led by Devin Barbera in fifth (13:17.7) and James Masterson in sixth (13:26.4). Cyrus Dadina was 13th (14:01.2).

For the girls, Hastings finished second to Bronxville at the league meet. The Broncos scored 21 team points while the Yellow Jackets netted 56. Irvington was third, with Dobbs taking fourth.

“I couldn't be happier with both teams finishing second at our league meet,” Guilfoyle said of her Hastings teams. “We have a loaded league with incredibly talented and well-coached teams, and our runners put it all out there and raced and competed with the best.” 

The Hastings girls were sparked by the Thomas sisters, with Caitlin placing third in 14:52.5 and Anna taking fifth in 15:43.1. Natalie Romero was 12th (17:08.9) and Bliss Johnsen took 19th.

“Freshman Caitlin Thomas and junior Anna Thomas were dynamic as always,” Guilfoyle said. “Freshman Natalie Romero is making huge improvements and is making a name for herself.”

Irvington was led by Luciana Forte in seventh (15:46.4), Ciara Lyons in 13th (17:17.1), and Joanna Paul in 15th (17:22.6).

“To have our top three girls all gain all-league honors was great, especially against the very good and well-coached teams in our league,” Barry said.

Alessia Bubula placed 11th for the Eagles in 16:49.3. Molly Hunt was 17th and Melanie Miadelets took 20th.

Section 1 Coaches Invitational

At the Section 1 Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls on Oct. 16, Irvington’s boys’ team finished fourth out of 21 teams in the Varsity 3 race. The Bulldogs were also eighth overall across all races against schools with much bigger enrollments.

Lyons led the way yet again in fifth place in 17:54.2. Turano was 26th in 18:38.2. Carron (34th), Minkoff (36th), and Milun (38th) placed in the top 40 in a 167-man field.

Dobbs Ferry was sixth of 19 squads in the Varsity 1 race. Marc Lucasey (eighth, 17:55.3), Barbera (15th, 18:15.5), and Masterson (27th) paced the Eagles.

Hastings took 12th in Varsity 1 with McGrath (ninth, 17:56.9) and Pietraszek (18th, 18:17.1) the top finishers for the Yellow Jackets.

Ardsley’s boys finished 19th in the Varsity 3 race as a team. 

The Irvington girls placed ninth in the Varsity 3 race, with Forte pacing the team in 13th (21:55.8).

Dobbs Ferry finished 10th in Varsity 2 as Fenna Laban led the team in 28th.

Hastings was 10th in the Varsity 1 race as Anna Thomas (18th, 21:36.6) and Romero (33rd) were the top finishers.

“The kids were all happy to get a chance to run at Bowdoin before the championships, even on somewhat tired legs,” Guilfoyle said. “They still performed incredibly well on a tough course and are excited for the remainder of the season.”

Ardsley’s girls’ team was 14th in the Varsity 3 race.


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