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Boys cross country celebrates its best season in decades

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Steven Felice, Contributing Writer

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The Monroe-Woodbury boys cross country team had a successful season and improved from last year.

The team, coached by Mr. Glover and assistant coaches Mr. Hemmer, Mr. McCafferty, and Mr. Brown, was ranked 25th in the state last year and this year they were ranked as high as 9th, according to the New York State Sportswriters Association.

“Best season in decades,” said Athletic Director Ms.Hock. “The team performed beyond what everyone expected.”

The team was undefeated in invitationals this year. The invitationals included the Paul Short Run, the St. Anthony’s Invitational, and the Section One Coaches Invitational.

The team achieved one of their goals by winning the OCIAA County Championship, a race that the Crusaders were not expected to win. In this race, runner Mike Hannon was injured and Trevor Ladue, finishing third, led the team to the victory.

At sectionals, Daniel Hynes finished in sixth place to help Monroe-Woodbury reach their goal and win a Section IX, Class A championship and qualify for the Class A state meet. The win included defeating Warwick Valley, Section IX champions for the past 19 years.

At the state meet, the team finished sixth with Trevor LaDue, Andrew Yi, and Mike Hannon as the team’s top runners.

“I knew it could have been my last race this year so I had to push myself to the limit,” said sophomore runner Andrew Yi.

This performance helped Monroe-Woodbury boys cross country qualify for the New York Federation Championships, a meet that brings the top teams from the state’s classes and leagues. The Federation Championships meet hosted 28 teams this year and the Monroe-Woodbury team placed 10th, with senior captain Mike Hannon leading the team. According to a tweet by Purple Pride XC, the boys won six invitationals, were undefeated in dual meets, won three championships and qualified for both the state and federation meet this year. It’s been 23 years since Monroe-Woodbury won these championships and was ranked as high as top 10 in the state.

Varsity Runners Daniel Hynes, Andrew Yi, Skylar Brodsky, and Keith Allen return next year in hope of winning another Section IX, Class A championship.

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