Conor Cashin is getting used to being the top runner on the Voorheesville boys cross country team.
Two weeks after placing second at the Queensbury Invitational, Cashin took first place in the boys varsity Division I race at last Saturday's Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Invitational at Saratoga Spa State Park.
Cashin had little trouble with the field on his way to his first invitational title. He pulled away from the pack midway through the race and cruised to a winning time of 16:21.0, nearly 24 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor.
Going down the second hill, I lost (the other runners), said Cashin. "I just kept pushing so no one could catch me."
Cashin has now finished in the top five of each of the invitationals Voorheesville has participated in " tops among all of the Blackbirds. And his development into Voorheesville's lead runner following the graduation of Macky Lloyd has helped the Blackbirds maintain their status as the top Colonial Council team.
"I just got a good base coming into the season so I could step in and take (Lloyd's) place," said Cashin.
"It's big for someone to step up," said Voorheesville boys cross country coach Bill Carducci. "Everyone thought that (Ian) Powell would be the one to take Macky's place, but Conor look good in track season, and he really worked hard during the summer."
Cashin has had plenty of help in leading Voorheesville. Powell, Taylor Treadgold, Nathan Bub and Tucker Bourque have consistently placed in the top 30 of the invitationals they've run in.
Those four runners played key roles in Voorheesville's team performance at the BH-BL invitational. Powell placed sixth (16:56.5), Treadgold took eighth (17:01.9) and Bub finished 13th (17:24.2) to set the table for a first-place finish in the Division I team standings " one which Bourque finished with a 33rd-place performance (18:16.0). Voorheesville wound up with 61 points, 22 points ahead of runner-up Hawthorne Valley.