SARANAC LAKE - Saranac Lake sophomore Zane Pelletieri picked up his first career varsity win Tuesday to lead the Red Storm past Northeastern Clinton and AuSable Valleyfor their first team victories of the season.
Pelleteri completed the 5-kilometer course in 19 minutes and six seconds, putting him 12 seconds ahead of AuSable Valley's Brandon Russo.
"Around the second mile, I was in about fourth place, and then I knew I had to go from there," Pelletieri said.
Saranac Lake sophomore Zane Pelletieri leads his team to wins against AuSable Valley and Northeastern Clinton in a cross country meet Tuesday at Saranac Lake High School.
(Enterprise photo — Mike Lynch)
At that point, he took over first and never looked back. Pelletieri had a tight lead heading into the final lap around the sports field at the high school, but extended it by the time the race was over.
The Saranac Lake boys won 21-34 over Northeastern Clinton and 25-30 against AuSable Valley. The wins evened the Red Storm's record to 2-2.
AuSable Valley beat Northeastern Clinton 21-36.
The meet at Saranac Lake High School was the first home contest of the season for the Red Storm.
Northeastern Clinton's top finisher was Anthony Piche, who finished third in 19:33. He was followed by Saranac Lake's Chris Willette and Max Paul, who finished in 19:35 and 20:08. Saranac Lake's Chris Schneider finished eighth in 21:42.
"I'm real happy with the boys side," Red Storm coach Joe Merrihew said. "They came in real tight, and on the girls side as well, they came in real tight. When you run as a pack, it helps bring them all together, and that's what they did today. They ran as a pack today, and that was helpful."
The Red Storm girls improved to 3-1 as neither Northeastern Clinton or AuSable Valley could field a full team. The wins improved Saranac Lake to 3-1 on the season.
Coming off a victory last week, Elena Beideck led the Saranac Lake girls with a second-place finish, recording a time of 22:16. She came in behind Northeastern Clinton's Samantha Smith, who covered the course in 21:32.
"I think we all ran really hard," Beideck said. "We've been training well, so I think it's starting to show."
The Saranac Lake girls dominated the standings after Beideck as they filled the next six spots. Johanna Mohrs finished third in 24:02, Grace Sullivan finished fourth in 24:28, Jackie Garso was fifth in 24:43, Jacinda Riggs was sixth in 25:01, Remi Orticelle was seventh in 26:03 and Kaileigh Woodruff was eighth in 26:13.
Saranac Lake returns to action Saturday when the teams travel to Saranac Central.