For the last six years, roughly the same group of schools have battled through the regular season and on toward the all-important Sectional meet in their area to determine which team and which 12 runners will represent their section in the New York Class C State Championship race for the boys and girls. A few schools like Greenwich and Irvington have moved to or from Class C and B or D during those years, but there has been a fair amount of stability during the period both in the pool of schools and even the teams that have represented many of the 11 sections. This year, Section 1 Class C added Putnam Valley and Briarcliff from Class B. This preview provides a brief synopsis of the past 5-6 years for which results are easily available, with extra attention of course being given to Dobbs Ferry.
Boys Class C History Overview
In 2002, a year before the NY State Championship's XC Class race results seem to have been broken out or at least posted in online archives, a runner from Tully named Lopez Lomong won the Class C Championship race. That a future Olympian also represented NY's Class C is just one indicator of the quality of the runners who have run in the State meet. Each year the best Class C runners have battled up among NYS's elite, and last year Chenango Valley's Max Straneva was elected to the NY State First Team.
Dobbs Ferry is a fairly recent addition among the teams in the Class C competition, having had its moribund program restarted in 2004. The Eagles do have some notable pieces of XC history on their side however, since the brothers Steve and John Hunt won the individual NY State Championship for Dobbs Ferry in 1967 and 1969. During the recent era, Patrick Wortner and Brendan Wortner are the lone Eagle guys to earn berths in the State Meet as an at-large runner, Patrick in 2007-2009, and Brendan in 2008-2009. Patrick placed 36th in the States in 2007 and 23rd in 2008, while Brendan Wortner took 26th in 2008.
From the 2004 to the present, Pawling has been the team that has most often been the powerhouse in Section I, earning the team spot for three straight years and improving its results in the States from 5th in 2004, to 3rd in 2005, to 2nd in 2006, and also earning the berth in 2009. Irvington won in 2007 and 2008 and the Bulldogs finished 5th and then 3rd in the States. During this period Pawlings' Colby Delbene and Westlake's Chris Miller were the top runners.
The adjustment of classes and school size qualifications in 2004 for XC gave Section I its current shape, and the area has been fairly strong during most of the years. Section III has been the most powerful area winning 2 of 5 team championships and 4 of 5 State Section crowns, but Section I is the lone area to also cop a Section title, winning by a narrow 7 points in 2005. Newark Valley of Section IV has been the lone repeat champion, taking the last two titles including a 1 point victory last year over this year's strong favorite, Holland-Patent of Section 3.
Last year's individual winner, Max Straneva of Chenango Valley, is back to defend his title, and other top-10 returnees from last year include Aaron Walker of Canastota, Julian Saliani of Irvington, and Kendall Ward of James O'Neill. Cody Stanton of Jordan-Elbridge failed to make the cut, and Steve Petramale and Willie Underwood of Lake George will be competing in the Class D championship.