The Guilderland and Bethlehem girls cross country teams had strong performances at Sunday’s Manhattan Invitational in the Bronx.
Guilderland placed fourth in the Varsity A division with 156 points, while Bethlehem finished fifth in the Varsity D division with 144 points.
Senior Anna Pickett led Guilderland in the Varsity A race with an 11th-place finish in a time of 16:16.8. Sophomore Jenna Robinson was 14th with a time of 16:26.9, and junior Taylor Tommel placed 37th with a time of 17:12.9.
Holy Names won the Varsity A team title with 44 points, 65 points ahead of runner-up Colonie. North Rockland was third with 126 points.
Bethlehem placed four runners in the top 25 of the Varsity D race, which helped the Lady Eagles place fifth with 144 points. Senior Christie Macfarlane led the way with a 13th-place finish in a time of 16:29.7, while junior Lindsay Cheu finished 17th with a time of 16:38.0.
Sophomore Danika Jensen (21st place, 16:48.1) and junior Megan Davitt (22nd, 16:49.0) also finished in the top 25 for the Lady Eagles.
Pearl River claimed the Varsity D team title with 78 points. Shaker was second with 112 points, while St. Anthony’s placed third with 127 points, one point ahead of fourth-place Chelmsford, Mass.
The Bethlehem boys team challenged itself at the Manhattan Invitational by running in the Eastern States Championship division. Running against some of the top teams in the Northeast, Bethlehem finished 16th with 374 points.
Senior Matt Crawford led the Eagles with a 43rd-place finish in a time of 13:31.47. Senior Lucas Carpinello finished in 51st place with a time of 13:34.83.
The Guilderland boys team took seventh place in the Varsity B division with 178 points. Three Dutchmen finished in the top 30, led by senior Nico Turek’s 18th-place performance with a time of 13:43.65. Sophomore Knute Armstrong was 26th with a time of 13:57.58, and senior Austin Miller placed 27th with a time of 13:58.40.