County teams run wild at Section II championships

"As much as Steve is our leader out there, we focus more on team than individuals," said Jones. "We had a lot of kids not only get their personal records, but also our fifth, sixth and seventh guys all ran well."

Adam Quinn and Zack Predmore contributed top-five finishes for Shen. Quinn was third in a time of 15:19.0, while Predmore was on Quinn's heels in fourth place with a time of 15:19.3.

Zac Suriano (sixth, 15:27.2) and Mike Danaher (10th, 15:45.9) also placed in the top 10 for the Plainsmen, the top-ranked class AA team in the state.

Cassie Goutos and Alysha McElroy joined Davidson in the top 10 for Saratoga in the girls race. Goutos placed third with a time of 17:54.6, and McElroy was eighth in a time of 18:31.1.

Brianne Bellon (13th, 18:41.3) and Liz Ochse (17th, 18:46.6) rounded out the Blue Streaks' top five.

BH-BL proved its No. 1 ranking among class A girls teams was no fluke, as it took the Sectional title with 45 points, 14 points ahead of runner-up Queensbury.

It was a measure of revenge for the Lady Spartans, who lost to Academy of Holy Names by four points at last year's Sectionals.

"We worked 365 days to close those four points. We weren't going to lose by four points again," said BH-BL coach Shawn Zepf.

Sophomores Meaghan Gre-gory and Sam Roecker led the Lady Spartans. Gregory placed third with a time of 17:43.7, while Roecker finished fourth with a time of 17:46.6. Rachel Cyrus (11th, 18:47.5), Molly Pezzulo (13th, 19:12.3) and Martha Brown (14th, 19:12.9) rounded out BH-BL's top five.

"It's been the same thing all year. It doesn't matter what the week is " somebody steps up," said Zepf. "Today, it was Rachel Cyrus who stepped up."

The BH-BL boys team nearly made the state meet, but Queens-bury fended off the Spartans to take the class A title with 29 points. BH-BL settled for second place with 43 points.

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