Pierson Cross Country Runners Compete at State Meet

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Ben Mcerlean running at the New York State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. Joe Amato photos

Four members of the  Pierson boys and girls cross country teams traveled north to the snow-filled track at Wayne Central High School outside of Rochester on Saturday to compete in the New York Sate Cross Country Championships. Race conditions were “among the most difficult I have witnessed in my 20 plus years coaching cross country,” Pierson boys coach Joe Amato said.

Still, junior Hunter Hansen and freshman Ben McErlean ran for the boys, and Caroline Jungck and Penelope Green for the girls, competing in the Class D race in slushy, muddy and bumpy conditions. The boys race was in the morning, and Amato said the surface froze overnight making the race that much more difficult. Hansen ran a 21:01, while McErlean finished in 21:55. Both runners finished in the bottom third of the 100 plus competitors.

The girls race was later in the day, and the ground had thawed, but the course was muddy as a result. Green finished 51st out of 109 runners in 22:53, and Jungck was 62nd overall in 23:13.

Shelter Island’s Kal Lewis won the Class D boys race with a time of 16:44.6.

Caroline Jungck

Penelope Green

Ben Hunter, let.

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