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Cross country: Three times a winner

Lansing adds to her Grout Run trophy case; Van Epps wins boys race

Shaker’s Maryanna Lansing, right, keeps a safe distance away from Queensbury’s Megan Kellogg in the final stretch of Grout Run Oct. 5 at Schenectady’s Central Park.

Shaker’s Maryanna Lansing, right, keeps a safe distance away from Queensbury’s Megan Kellogg in the final stretch of Grout Run Oct. 5 at Schenectady’s Central Park. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Maryanna Lansing did it again.

The Shaker sophomore held off a late charge from Queensbury’s Megan Kellogg to win her third straight Grout Run title Saturday at Schenectady’s Central Park. Lansing finished with a time of 15:49.87, nearly nine seconds ahead of Kellogg.

“It’s fun to do well and be up there winning again,” said Lansing.

Kellogg was closing the gap on the final hill when Lansing started hearing people urging her to run faster. Lansing heeded the calls and turned on her afterburners, leaving Kellogg far behind by the time they reached the bottom of the hill.

“I just had my parents and all my teammates telling me she was gaining on me,” said Lansing.

Queensbury got the final say in the team standings, though. The Spartans edged Shaker 33-36 to finish first in the Division I race.

“We didn’t win the team title, but our young girls are coming through for us,” said Shaker coach Marbry Gansle.

Besides Lansing’s victory, Shaker had two runners place in the top 10. Audrey Martino finished third with a time of 16:05.78, and Payton Czupil placed sixth with a time of 16:41.54.

Colonie claimed the Division II girls title with ease. Five runners placed in the top 10 to give the Lady Raiders 29 points, 31 points ahead of runner-up Bethlehem.

“This is the first time we’ve run really well, except for dual meets,” said Colonie girls coach Frank Myers. “This is the only (invitational) where we did what we should have done.”

Connetquot’s Erin Melly won the individual title in Division II with a time of 15:55.79, but it soon became a sea of Colonie garnet and gold uniforms. Bellame Bower led the Lady Raiders with a second-place finish in a time of 16:03.51, and Amanda Chambers placed third with a time of 16:14.65. Kathryn Tenney (sixth place, 16:34.06), Shannen Kerin (eighth, 16:50.19) and Marilyn O’Brien (10th, 16:53.52) followed the lead pack.

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