Weekly Feature



2018-10-11 / Sports

Blue Devil harriers fare well in invite held at site of state championships

East Aurora’s boys cross-country team beat out 28 other teams to win Friday’s St. Anthony’s Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island to make the most of its early look at this year’s state championship course. Members of the squad included Jacob Sigeti, left, Gavin McPherson, Nick Ebling, Thomas Wlodarczyk, Alex Hillyard and Colin Cassidy. East Aurora’s boys cross-country team beat out 28 other teams to win Friday’s St. Anthony’s Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island to make the most of its early look at this year’s state championship course. Members of the squad included Jacob Sigeti, left, Gavin McPherson, Nick Ebling, Thomas Wlodarczyk, Alex Hillyard and Colin Cassidy. East Aurora’s cross-country teams got a sneak peek at the course where this year’s state championships will be held by participating in Friday’s St. Anthony’s Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Long Island.

Members of East Aurora’s boys team turned in season-best performances to win the invitational on one of the state’s toughest courses. With a challenging hill at the mile and “Cardiac Hill” at the two-mile mark, the Blue Devils took advantage of their strength to finish first in a race with over 300 runners and 29 teams.

Leading the way for the boys’ team were Thomas Wlodarczyk, who finished 11th, Nick Ebling in 14th, Gavin McPherson in 19th, Alex Hillyard in 25th, Colin Cassidy in 43rd and Jacob Sigeti in 95th.

The members of East Aurora’s girls team also turned in solid performances and were just a few spots from taking the title, but had to settle for third after finishing Just five points prevented East Aurora’s girls cross-country team from matching the Blue Devil boys’ finish at Friday’s St. Anthony’s Invitational, as the Lady Blue Devils had to settle for third place in the team standings. Members of the squad included Ava Danieu, left, Maggie McLaughlin, Emily Jason, Megan McLaughlin, Karis Ertel, Samantha Hulme and Geneva Green. Just five points prevented East Aurora’s girls cross-country team from matching the Blue Devil boys’ finish at Friday’s St. Anthony’s Invitational, as the Lady Blue Devils had to settle for third place in the team standings. Members of the squad included Ava Danieu, left, Maggie McLaughlin, Emily Jason, Megan McLaughlin, Karis Ertel, Samantha Hulme and Geneva Green. just five points out of first place. Megan McLaughlin raced to a third-place finish, followed by Karis Ertel in 11th, Maggie McLaughlin in 23rd, Ava Danieu in 29th, Geneva Green in 37th, Samantha Hulme in 56th and Emily Jason in 74th.

East Aurora went into the invitational feeling good about its chances after both the boys and girls squads continued their respective undefeated streaks by running past Lake Shore on its wet and flooded Evangola State Park course.

The teams enjoyed a picnic and swim in Lake Erie after stomping through ankle- and knee-deep water on trails that were soaked from a week of heavy rains.

East Aurora returned to action Tuesday by hosting West Seneca East on its high school course, but information about that league dual meet was not available at press time. The Blue Devils close out their week by taking part in the Alden Invitational on Saturd ay.

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