Pierson’s Penelope Greene continued her strong season at the Division Championships at Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park on October 29.
Thanks to her individual performances throughout the season, Greene was allowed to partake in the team championship race at divisions. Running among the county’s elite runners in rainy and soggy conditions, Greene, a sophomore, finished 11th overall in the county in 20:10, a season’s best. Her time placed her second in Division IV just behind Elwood/John Glenn freshman Emily LaMena, who finished in 19:57.
The rest of the Lady Whalers competed in the team qualifier race. Abby Sherwood continued what head coach Jim Kinnier called an impressive rookie season by running her best time at Sunken Meadow in 23:36.
Pierson boys head coach Joe Amato said his team’s main focus over the past few weeks, with it being so young, was the Freshman/Sophomore Championships back on October 25 at Sunken Meadow. Being able to field both freshman and sophomore teams, the Whalers were able to place eighth in the freshman race, with Tristan Sabbeth, Marcus Krotman and Logan Harstein all winning medals. P.J. Ramundo finished 10th among the county’s sophomores in 15:44. Tom Schiavoni placed 15th in the same race and also medaled.
Amato said his team had “mixed results” at the division meet. Ben McErlean was coming off a bad cold that made its way through the school and finished in 19:22, well behind his personal best. Peter Schaefer, who along with McErlean, qualified for states last year, was nursing a sore ankle he suffered at the Brown Invitational a few weeks back. Ramundo (19:01) and Schiavoni (19:48) both ran personal bests, and Keegan Guyer (20:13) also ran well, Amato said.
The Section XI Championships, otherwise known as the state qualifier, is this Friday back at Sunken Meadow where the Pierson boys and girls will be looking to win against fellow Class D schools to qualify as a team for the New York State Championships, which is November 16 in upstate Plattsburgh. At the very least, Greene, McErlean and Schaefer will be looking for repeat trips to states after having qualified last year.