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Class C State Championship History - Boys

Posted Tuesday, November 10, 2009 by Perry King

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.

State Championship Class C Teams Results

 

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

1

Newark Valley (IV)

 62

Newark Valley (IV)

 37

Tully (III)

 

39

Fonda-Fultonvle. (II)

55

Sauquoit Valley (III)

57

South Lewis (III)

43

2

Holland-Patent (III)  63

Tully (III)

 

42

Pawling (I)

 

78

Canastota (III)

67

Dansville (V)

 

107

Bayport Bluept. (XI)

107

3

Irvington (I)

 

107

Voorheesvle.

(II)

119

Newark Valley (IV)

87

Pawling (I)

 

77

Ticonderoga

(VII)

109

John F. Kennedy (VI)

109

4

Gowanda (VI)

123

Wilson (VI)

 

141

Wilson (VI)

 

114

Byron-Bergen (V)

100

Rhinebeck (IX)

123

Waverly (IV)

 

120

5

James O’Neill (IX)

136

Irvington (I)

 

156

Byron-Bergen (V)

117

Sullivan West (IX)

109

Pawling (I)

 

133

Waterloo (V)

 

131

6

Berne-Knox-Westerlo (II)  148

Rhinebeck (IX)

156

Millbrook (IX)

175

Newark Valley (IV)

119

Fonda-Fultonvle. (II)

143

James P. O’Neill (IX)

135

7

Pembrooke (V)

154

Port Jefferson (XI)

189

Voorheesville (II)

187

Southwestern (VI)

192

Wheatley (VIII)

158

Fonda Fultonvle. (II)

138

8

Oyster Bay (VIII)

175

Norwood-Norfolk (X)

194

Saranac Lake (VII)

187

Gouverneur (X)

212

Delhi (IV)

 

165

Edgemont (I)

 

165

9

Babylon (XI)

 

231

Oyster Bay (VIII)

210

Port Jefferson

(XI)

200

Wheatley (VIII)

214

Wilson (VI)

 

167

Wheatley (VIII)

177

10

Potsdam (X)

 

252

Bath Haverling (V)

221

Wheatley (VIII)

270

Babylon (XI)

 

272

Potsdam (X)

 

229

Saranac Lake (IX)

221

11

Saranac Lake (VII)

264

Saranac Lake (VII)

265

Gouverneur (X)

303

 

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Mattituck (XI)

327

Potsdam (X)

 

339

  

 

State Championship Class C Section Results

 

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

1

III

191

III

166

III

206

I

269

III

192

III

148

2

IV

345

II

353

V

342

III

276

IX

340

V

394

3

I

391

IV

377

I

348

II

327

V

361

XI

457

4

IX

399

VI

449

VI

402

V

361

I

419

VI

468

5

V

490

I

483

IV

430

IV

463

IV

485

IX

496

6

II

497

V

576

II

498

VI

507

II

527

IV

511

7

VI

507

IX

594

IX

576

IX

526

VI

545

II

528

8

VIII

702

VIII

745

XI

828

VIII

760

VIII

571

I

584

9

XI

821

XI

804

VIII

846

X

772

X

911

VIII

713

10

VII

1043

X

832

VII

951

XI

1028

XI

962

VII

831

11

X

1076

VII

1070

X

1048

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