Niskayuna girls lead the way at Grout Run

Niskayuna's cross country teams put on a show for their Schenectady County fans at last Saturday's Grout Run at Schenectady's Central Park.

Chelsea Trant won the girls Division I race to lead Niskayuna to a second-place finish in the team standings, while the Niskayuna boys placed a strong fourth against a tough Division II field.

Trant seized control of the 2.75-mile race early on and never looked back in winning the indi-vidual title with a time of 16:14.15. Ekeka Kuhn of Glens Falls was Trant's closest competitor, and Kuhn finished more than 15 seconds later.

I tried to get out fast in the first mile, and I started losing (the other runners) in the first half mile, said Trant.

"She had a fantastic start," said Niskayuna girls coach John Sharkey. "She took control of the race from the opening gun, which was unusual for her."

The remainder of Niskayuna's top five runners placed in the top 40, but only two " Nima Balan (11th place, 17:25.85) and Kelsey Ryan (19th, 18:10.18) " joined Trant in the top 20. That left the Silver Warriors in second place with 84 points, well behind Division I team champion Guilderland.

"We were hoping for a little better show today, but these things happen," said Sharkey.

Scotia-Glenville didn't have enough runners to qualify as a team for the Division II girls race, but it did have a top-10 finisher in Amanda Schermerhorn (ninth place, 16:35.38).

The Niskayuna, Scotia-Glenville and Schalmont boys teams all competed in Division II. Niskayuna was fourth with 122 points, while Scotia-Glenville placed ninth with 219 points and Schalmont finished 13th with 346 points. Niskayuna's Marshall Pagano was the top local runner with a fourth-place finish in a time of 14:02.26.""

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