Weekly Feature

2007-10-24 / Sports

Amherst girls win medium schools race at Clarence Invite

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter

Amherst coach Bob O'Donnell can't remember the last time his girls cross-country team won the Clarence Fall Classic Invitational, but he'll definitely look back at last Saturday's performance with fond memories.

The Lady Tigers won a tiebreaker over Olean and Starpoint to win the medium schools race. All three teams had 67 points after the first five runners had crossed the finish line, but Amherst won because their sixth-place finisher, junior Katie Smith, recorded a faster time than Olean's sixth runner, Amanda Giermak. Smith finished 31st in 24:28; Giermak was 32nd in 24:34. Starpoint only had five runners in the race.

"It showed that every effort counts," said O'Donnell.

Sophomore Brenna Symoniak won the race in 19:53.3. It was the second-fastest time at the meet. Classmate Tori Sosnowski placed seventh in the race in 21:39. Sophomore Olivia May (17th, 22:52), senior Diane Herzog (23rd, 23:36) and senior Violet Penna (26th, 24:13) rounded out the Lady Tigers' top five.

The boys team placed fourth in the medium schools race with 101 points.

Senior David Szymkowiak won the race in 17:21. Senior Jeremy Jones was the Tigers' next finisher at 17th in 19:30, followed by junior Kory Roche (23rd, 19:44) and junior Elliot Bible (41st, 21:00). Freshman Jamie Schwartz placed 10th overall in the freshman race in 19:01.

The boys are 5-2 in dual meets; the girls are 3-4.

Amherst will compete in ECICs on Saturday at East Aurora High School.

e-mail: pnagy@beenews.com

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