2018 Cross Country
Boys  Pre-Season Sectional Preview

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Note: As I say every year, this is just a projection. It's pretty much everyone's best Saratoga State Park times and some adjustments where I felt it was needed. I have not included any new runners that teams have added but I may have adjusted team scores if I have an accurate guess on where to put them.

Boys: Class A, Class B, Class C, Class D

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Boys Class A - 1:30pm


What to Look For: Niskayuna took home their first sectional title since 1981 last year but were hit pretty hard by graduation and that leaves a very tight three team race for the title this year. Saratoga gets the slight edge on who they bring back and the potential they have for improvement. Especially Peter Moller, who joins the team this season after a 4:32 1600m last year. Guilderland has two top ten runners returning and could take it if their 3rd through 5th runners can close the gap to their top two. Shenendehowa has the best 1-7 depth but they need those runners to improve from the mid 16's and get close to 16 minutes if they want to take the title. Individually, Saratoga's Shea Weilbaker is the favorite as the only runner in the race to dip under 15 minutes last year and he will want to make up from last year's disappointing 3rd place. Tindale and Cavaliere will battle next as Tindale will want to come back from missing states last year and Cavaliere coming back after making it to states last year.


Top 20 Class A Returning Individuals

1. Shea Weilbaker-Sr. Saratoga Springs 11. Thomas Ragone-Jr. Niskayuna
2. Noah Tindale-Sr. Guilderland 12. Isaac Menis-Sr. Schenectady
3. Matthew Cavaliere-Sr. Bethlehem 13. Ezra Ruggles-Sr. Saratoga Springs
4. Marty Dolan-Sr. Niskayuna 14. Aidan Waite-Jr. Saratoga Springs
5. Alex Hislop-Sr. Shenendehowa 15. Dustin Chambers-Sr. Columbia
6. Ben Guerin-Jr. Ballston Spa 16. Bryan Spence-Jr. Shenendehowa
7. Nicholas Soldvere-Sr. Guilderland 17. Ryan Shanahan-Jr. Shenendehowa
8. T.J. Randall-Jr. Shaker 18. Jack Parsons-Jr. Guilderland
9. Liam Danaher-Sr. Columbia 19. Vinny Levchenko-So. Shaker
10. Anthony Verro-Sr. Saratoga Springs 20. Nick Logan-Jr. Queensbury


Class A Team Preview

PL School Pts. Brief Summary of team
1. Saratoga Springs 75 Return everyone and add Moller to give them the slight edge
2. Guilderland 79 Solid two top but need their 3rd through 5th to move close to contend
3. Shenendehowa 81 Great depth with Hislop leading but rest of team need to be right around 16 minutes
4. Shaker 120 No seniors in the top 7 with Randall having a shot at states
5. Ballston Spa 147 Guerin has a good shot at states but 3rd through 5th need to close the gap
6. Niskayuna 163 Lost a ton from last year's championship but Dolan and Ragone are a solid top 2
7. Bethlehem 184 Graduation killed them but Cavaliere should return to state, everyone else is over 17 min.
8. Columbia 194 Solid top two with Danaher and Chambers but need rest of the team to close the gap
9. Colonie 255 Zukowski and Rickert are the only two under 17 min. Need the rest to improve.
10. Queensbury 256 Logan is the only one in the 16's. 3rd through 5th need to close to their 2nd runner.
11. Schenectady 296 Lose last year's champ, Ahmed. Menis and Medina under 17 but everyone else way back
12. Albany High 358 Eveleth is the only one in the 17's. Need big improvements from the rest of team
13. Amsterdam 359 Dzikowicz is only one in 17's and can improve a lot. Rest of the team need to close the gap.
14. Troy 431 Daupinais is in the 18's but everyone else is over 22 minutes

Boys Class B - 2:00pm


What to Look For: Burnt Hills have won the last two state titles and are a big favorite for a third, returning just about everyone. The battle will be for second as Scotia-Glenville, Schalmont and Mohonasen are all in the mix. Scotia-Glenville has the best depth but Schalmont has the best front running with the Beltrans. Mohonasen also has good depth but need just a little more from their 4th and 5th.  Albany Academy moves up to Class B after two Class C titles because private schools must be punished when they have a couple of good seasons. Individually, Berg is the only returning runner under 15 minutes but teammates Gillooley and Brennan are not far off. Schalmont's Beltran's could break that top four up




Top 20 Class B Returning Individuals

1. Tyler Berg Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 11. Nate Nagle South Glens Falls
2. Aidan Gillooley Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 12. Nick Graziano Albany Academy
3. Evan Brennan Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 13. Cowen Leininger South Glens Falls
4. David Metacarpa Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 14. Gabe Winters-Bona Scotia-Glenville
5. Francisco Beltran Schalmont 15. Kevin Sherameta Mohonasen
6. Antonio Beltran Schalmont 16. Kyle Ostrander Scotia-Glenville
7. Nick Hunziker Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 17. Mikhail Troyan Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake
8. Kevin Board Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 18. Alex Tebano Scotia-Glenville
9. Nathan Belcastro Mohonasen 19. Nick Berube Mohonasen
10. Dante Ubriaco Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 20. Adam Limoges Averill Park


Class B Team Preview

PL School Pts. Brief Summary of team
1. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 17 2 time state champs bring back just about everyone. Should easily repeat with top four
2. Scotia-Glenville 92 No front runners but 21 second spread give them the slight edge for 2nd place
3. Schalmont 100 Great top 2 with the Beltran's. Need their 5th to close the gap if they want 2nd.
4. Mohonasen 107 Belcastro leads 3 in the top 20 but need 4th and 5th to close the gap
5. C.B.A. 147 Haring and West in the mid 17's. Better depth than everyone under them will help
6. Averill Park 177 Limoges and Malefant in the 17's but need everyone else to close the gap
7. Albany Academy 183 Graziano has shot a states but graduation killed them, nee 4th and 5th to improve a lot
8. South Glens Falls 184 Nagle and Leininger could both make states but rest of team need to close the gap
9. Gloversville 238 Reed is in the mid 17's but everyone else needs to close the gap
10. Glens Falls 271 Lose Class C state champ, Hughes, Trackey and Powell only ones in the 18's
11. Hudson Falls 275 Saville in the low 18's but 4th and 5th are over 23 min.
12. Lansingburgh inc. Brito is in the low 18's but need to fill up team.
  Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons inc. Incomplete last year and return no one :(


Boys Class C - 2:30pm


What to Look For: When it comes to the smaller schools is usually comes down to who has the best depth and Class C's this year is the perfect definition of that. Schuylerville has the favorite with two runners in the top ten and the only team with five returners under 19 minutes. They are by no means a big favorite as a handful of teams could challenge with a few improvements.  Broadalbin-Perth, Ichabod Crane, Catholic Central, and Voorheesville could all take shot with improvements from their 4th and 5th runners. Stillwater could be a darkhorse with John Gannon returning after not running last year. The individual title opens up with Greenwich and Rensselaer/Doane Stuart moving up to Class C. Ensslin returns with the best time but Goca and Yusaitis are not far behind. I also wouldn't be surprised if Peyton Howard challenges for the title. His 15th place preseason doesn't take into consideration is sub 4:30 1600m in outdoor.


Top 20 Class C Returning Individuals

1. Evan Ensslin Voorheesville 11. Dylan Oliva Mechanicville
2. Henry Goca Rensselaer/Doane Stuart 12. David Millard Mechanicville
3. Joe Yusaitis Stillwater 13. Michael Vecellio Ichabod Crane
4. Ethan Burch Schuylerville 14. Micah Smith Broadalbin-Perth
5. Manuel Calvo Greenville 15. Peyton Howard Greenwich
6. Spencer Daley Catholic Central 16. Caleb Jeralds Chatham
7. Joseph Marchese LaSalle 17. Aiden Scott Hoosick Falls
8. Max Dwyer Schuylerville 18. Bruce Gregg Greenwich
9. Alex Christian Ichabod Crane 19. Ronan Coughlin LaSalle
10. Shane Viscosi Fonda-Fultonville 20. Jonah Stewart Schuylerville


Class C Team Preview

PL School Pts. Brief Summary of team
1. Schuylerville 116 Best top 2 with Burch and Dwyer. Will want 4th and 5th close to 18 min. to seal the deal.
2. Broadalbin-Perth 165 Smith is the mid 17's but everyone else need to improve from mid 18's-19's
3. Ichabod Crane 179 Solid top two with Christian and Vecellio but 4th and 5th need to dip under 19 for team to move up
4. Catholic Central 181 Daley is a solid number 1 in the 17's but need 4th and 5th to close gap
5. Voorheesville 185 Ensslin one of the tops in the class but rest of team 2 min. behind and need to close
6. Stillwater 206 Yusaitis should return to states. Team could make big jump with Gannon returning to team.
7. LaSalle 207 Marchese and Coughlin good top 2 but need 4th and 5th to close the gap
8. Greenwich 254 Howard will be much improved compared to last year but tough to figure out rest of the team.
9. Cobleskill-Richmondville 309 Top three in the mid 18's but need a big improvement from their 5th spot if they want to move up
10. Fonda-Fultonville 326 Viscosi leads in the mid 17's but some new blood should bring the team up at least a few notches
11. Greenville 363 Calvo has a good shot at states but 3rd-5th are all over 20 min and need improvements
12. Cohoes 365 Kelly and DeCelle in the mid 18's but 4th and 5th are far behind and need to get closer
13. Mechanicville 372 Oliva is solid in the mid 17's but 3rd-5th are over 20 min. and need to close the gap.
14. Fort Plain/Canajoharie 384 Perue and Wintermute are in the mid 18's but 4th and 5th are far behind.
15. Johnstown 405 Cwiakala is only runner under 19 min. need drop in times from basically everyone
16. Granville/Whitehall 426 Top 3 in the mid 19's but 4th and 5th over 21 min and will need to improve
17. Rensselaer/Doane Stuart 445 Goca is one of the top runners in the class but everyone else is over 20 minutes
18. Chatham 454 Jeralds was in the 17's but only three return but had younger runners in track
19. Cairo-Durham 470 DiGiovanni is in the mid 18's but 3rd and 4th are over 21 minutes.
20. Tamarac 475 Top 3 were in the 19's last year with everyone else over 21 min. Modified from last year could help.
21. Catskill 475 Davies is in the low 18's but everyone else is over 20 min. and need improvements
22. Hoosick Falls 508 Top runner transferred to Columbia. MacDonald is only runner under 20 min.
23. Coxsackie-Athens inc. Only two returning runner, both over 20 minutes
  Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk inc. Only have 4 runners at the moment. Waddingham in the mid 18's with 2nd and 3rd in mid 19's
  Taconic Hills inc. Nack was in the low 19's last year and their only returning runner
  Watervliet inc. Trying to start rebuild with three new runners


Boys Class D - 1:00pm


What to Look For: Maple Hill is the defending champion and returns just about everyone from last year which makes them a huge favorite to repeat with them having four out of the top seven times returning. Hadley-Luzerne, Duanesburg, and North Warren/Johnsburg should challenge for second with Hadley-Luzerne holding the edge with the better depth. Duanesburg and North Warren/Johnsburg need a little more help from their back end to challenge. Individually, North Warren/Johnsburg's Brandon Olden is the returning champion and is the favorite to repeat. Duanesburgh's Andrew Drescher and Maple Hill's Noah Albanese and Nick Mannion could challenge but Olden was help by Henry Goca and Peyton Howard moving up to Class C's.


Top 20 Class D Returning Individuals

1. Brandon Olden-Sr. North Warren/Johnsburg 11. Holden Decker-Jr. Galway
2. Andrew Drescher-Jr. Duanesburg 12. Jon Fraser-Jr. Hadley-Luzerne
3. Noah Albanese-Jr. Maple Hill 13. Sal Gallo-Sr. Duanesburg
4. Nathan Mannion-Sr. Maple Hill 14. Griffin Day-Sr. Saratoga Catholic
5. Ken Mulvey-Sr. North Warren/Johnsburg 15. Reese Steele-Jr. Maple Hill
6. Thatcher Deyoe-Sr. Maple Hill 16. Cody York-Sr. Hadley-Luzerne
7. Quinn Practico-Sr. Maple Hill 17. Paul Munson-Jr. Duanesburg
8. Collin Douglas-Jr. Berlin 18. Thomas Moore-Jr. Warrensburg/Bolton
9. Caden Awad-Sr. Saratoga Catholic 19. Nathan Shader-So. Maple Hill
10. Erik Schreiner-Sr. Hadley-Luzerne 20. Austin Lints-Jr. Schoharie


Class D Team Preview

PL School Pts. Brief Summary of team
1. Maple Hill 35 Defending champs return just about everyone and should repeat easily with Albanese leading
2. Hadley-Luzerne 96 Schreiner and Fraser in the 17's and with some good depth should give them 2nd
3. Duanesburg 112 Drescher should return to states. Need improvement from their 5th spot to move up
4. North Warren/Johnsburg 121 Olden is returning champ and Mulvey also under 17 but 4th and 5th need to close the gap
5. Berlin 169 Douglas leads invthe mid 17's but 4th and 5th over 20 min. and need to close the gap
6. Saratoga Catholic 178 Awad and Day in the 17's but rest of team over 20 min. and have to close the gap
7. Galway 198 Decker leads in the 17's and Ingle in the 18's, everyone else over 20 min. and need to improve
8. Lake George 199 Unkauf is only runner under 19 min. Pack isn't bad but times need to improve
9. Schoharie 222 Lints and Hahn are in the 18-19 range, everyone else over 20 min. and need to close gap
10. Hawthorne Valley 240 Top 3 in the 19's but everyone else over 21 min. and need to close the gap
11. Warrensburg/Bolton 292 Moore in the mid 18's but everyone else over 20 min. New runners could help
12. OESJ 311 Root is only runner under 20 minutes. 3 min. 1-5 gap need to close
13. Hoosic Valley 319 Graduation hit hard. Cipolla and Yando lead in the mid 19's
14. Argyle/Fort Edward 341 Jarvis leads in the mid 18s but everyone else is more than 3 minutes behind
15. Mekeel Christian 367 Lillenthal leads in the mid 19's but everyone else is over 22 minutes
16. Berne-Knox-Westerlo inc. Bungay's only returning runners, both were in the 19's last year
  Hartford inc. Harrington, in the mid 20's, is their only returning runner
  Mayfield inc. Two returning runners with both over 20 minutes.