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Burnt Hils-Ballston Lake cleans up at state meet

It was another stellar state cross country meet for Section II teams.

Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake swept the boys and girls Class A titles, while Shenendehowa claimed the boys Class AA crown and Greenwich won the girls Class D title at last Saturday's state championships at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

BH-BL was locked in a duel with Section V champion Pittsford Mendon in the boys Class A race, but the Spartans got their first five runners across the finish line before Mendon's top five finished the hilly course. BH-BL finished with 51 points, while Mendon settled for second place with 67 points.

Otis Ubriaco led the Spartans with a second-place finish in a time of 16:32.85. Scott Maughan was 11th in a time of 16:47.07, and Kent Harlow finished 13th in a time of 16:56.29. Sean Pezzulo (43rd, 17:43.84) and Matt Rusilas (45th ,17:55.34) rounded out BH-BL's top five.

There was less drama in the girls Class A race, as BH-BL placed five runners in the top 15 to take the team title with 23 points, 34 points ahead of runner-up Cornwall.

Sam Roecker and Molly Pezzulo led the Spartans with top-five finishes. Roecker was fourth in a time of 18:59.40, and Pezzulo placed fifth in a time of 18:59.77. Meaghan Gregory finished eighth in a time of 19:36.04, with Riley Wilk (12th, 19:47.44) and Alyssa Drapeau (13th, 19:48.37) rounding out BH-BL's top five.

The Shen boys had two runners in the top 10 and five runners in the top 25 to claim the Class AA state title with 30 points, 17 points ahead of Section III champion Fayetteville-Manlius.

Alex Leuchanka led the Plainsmen with a second-place finish in a time of 15:59.47, .2 seconds behind state champion Alex Hatz of Fayetteville-Manlius. Dan Harris (eighth place, 16:27.74) was Shen's second runner, while Jamie Glover (15th, 16:37.72) was the third Plainsmen to cross the finish line. Mike Danaher (17th, 16:40.35) and Brian Trainor (25th, 16:54.64) sealed Shen's victory.

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