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2017-11-23 / Sports

Lady Blue Devil harriers run at Federation meet


East Aurora’s girls cross-country team beat out all other local entries at this past weekend’s Federation Championship meet downstate to finish 13th overall in the team scoring standings. Representing the Lady Blue Devils in the race were Maggie McLaughlin, left, Theresa Murphy, Karis Ertel, Sam Hulme, Ava Danieu, Megan McLaughlin, Molly McLaughlin and Emily Jason. East Aurora’s girls cross-country team beat out all other local entries at this past weekend’s Federation Championship meet downstate to finish 13th overall in the team scoring standings. Representing the Lady Blue Devils in the race were Maggie McLaughlin, left, Theresa Murphy, Karis Ertel, Sam Hulme, Ava Danieu, Megan McLaughlin, Molly McLaughlin and Emily Jason. East Aurora’s girls cross-country team continued to excel this past weekend as it participated in the New York State Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park near Poughkeepsie.

The Federation Championships puts the best teams from the different associations — including the NYSPHSAA, CHSAA, AIS, and PSAL, bringing together all public and private schools — all in one race.

The Bowdoin Park course, which is located along the banks of the Hudson River, is one of the toughest in the state, as it climbs dramatically in elevation throughout the first one and a half miles then makes its way back down toward the finish.

East Aurora’s girls team proved once again that it is among the top teams in the state as the Lady Blue Devils finished 13th in the team scoring, outdistancing all other local teams in the race in the process.

Megan McLaughlin led the East Aurora charge with her 14th-place finish, followed by Molly McLaughlin’s 34th-place finish. Karis Ertel (117th), Ava Danieu (150th), Emily Jason (158th), Maggie McLaughlin (184th) and Sam Hulme (198th) rounded out the Lady Blue Devils’ efforts.

“It’s a real honor to be invited again this year and a real test to race in an event with so many great runners and teams,” coach Walt McLaughlin said. “With 27 of the best teams and 255 individuals, the race is like no other. Sometimes surviving the large numbers and tough course is the goal in the first half, then you have to put it all out there on the second half.

“Racing in these conditions builds character and toughness with the experience.”

The boys and girls teams will head back to Bowdoin Park to participate in the Nike National Qualifier, which will take place on Saturday. The top two teams and first five individuals in each race will qualify for the Nike National Championships, which will be held in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday, Dec. 2.

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