ATHENS FINISHES SECOND IN RACE 1 AT PRE-STATE MEET
By: Tim Birney | AthensWildcats.com | September 18, 2021 | Photo courtesy Tim Taylor
CHENANGO FORKS — Seniors Kyle Anthony and Matt Gorsline, and junior
Ethan Denlinger all finished in the top 20 to lead Athens to a
second-place finish in Race 1 here Saturday at the Pre-States
McDaniel-Baxter Cross Country Invitational at the Chenango Valley State
There were five boys races, and five girls races. In all,
there were 83 boys teams, including 66 complete teams, competing, and 78
girls teams, with 47 complete teams. There 675 boys in the merged
field, and 463 girls.
Powerhouse Fayetteville-Manlius had
seven runners in the top eight and ran away with the team title in Race 1
with 19 points. Athens tallied 78 points, while third-place Nanuet had
“As a team, the
boys really ran a solid race today,” said Athens coach Mike Bronson. “To
place second as a team in our race, against the level of competition
that was here today, is a good showing for us.
“We got out a little more aggressively than we normally do, and then the boys responded well to the competition,” he noted.
Lewis and Ethan Hicks did a great job today, in their first high-level
invitational. Kyle Anthony, Matt Gorsline, and Ethan Denlinger are
really consistent for us up front, they work well together.
“We are really happy with how we are running at this point in the season,” added Bronson.
Anthony clocked in with a time of 18:03.4, while Gorsline finished 14th in 18:03.4, and Denlinger was 19th in 18:43.9.
Carter Lewis finished 30th for the Wildcats in a time of 19:29.4, while
freshman Ethan Hicks was 32nd in 19:41.0, junior Nate Prickitt was 36th
in 20:15.2, senior Izaak Hobday was 39th in 20:32.1, senior Sander
Bertsch was 49th in 21:38.7, freshman Aiden Oldroyd was 61st in 22:56.5,
and freshman Pierce Oldroyd was 75th in 24:23.4.
PHOTOS 1-8 COURTESY OF AMANDA CONKLIN. ... PHOTOS 9-24 BY TIM TAYLOR.MERGED RESULTS
Wildcats finished 16th out of 66 complete teams with 580 points.
(Corning won the team title with 84 points, and Fayetteville-Manlius was
second with 147 points.)
Anthony finished 64th overall, while
Gorsline was 70th, Denlinger was 111th, Lewis was 189th, Hicks was
211th, Prickitt was 266th, Hobday was 301st, Sander Bertsch was 396th,
Aiden Oldroyd was 473rd, and Pierce Oldroyd was 545th.
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About the Author
Tim Birney is the founder / owner of River Road Media Group. He was born and raised in the Valley, graduating from Waverly High School in 1984.
Birney earned an Associate's Degree in Journalism from SUNY Morrisville in 1986 and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism / Public Relations from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1988. He began his newspaper career at The Daily Review in Towanda in 1989, before moving on to The Evening Times in 1995. He spent more than 10 years at the Times, the last four as Managing Editor.
River Road Media Group includes five sites in "The Sports Reports" family that cover 24 school districts in five counties: Valley Sports Report (launched Aug. 10, 2009), Tioga County (NY) Sports Report (Aug. 13, 2018), and Northern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 31, 2020); Northern Tier West Sports Report (March 15, 2021) Southern Tier Sports Report (Aug. 16, 2021).