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Area runners shine at CVAC meet

November 1, 2012
By staff ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

CADYVILLE - Saranac Lake and Lake Placid traveled to Cadyville Rec Park on Saturday for the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference cross country championships.

Lake Placid's Nina Armstrong was the top finisher from the two area schools, finishing third in the girls' race in 19:47. Her sister Gabby Armstrong took sixth in 20:27.

Elena Beideck was Saranac Lake's highest finisher, placing seventh in 20:27. Next up for the Red Storm was Johanna Mohrs, who finished 14th with a time of 21:27.

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Lake Placid sophomore Nina Armstrong races her way to a third-place finish in Saturday’s CVAC championship meet.
(Photo — Alicia Brandes)

"Our girls did well. They shed time off of previous races at the same course," said Saranac Lake coach Joe Merrihew. "A very exciting race to watch as the girls looked very strong and had a very strong showing. These girls had breakthrough races just when it matters the most."

It was the fourth year in a row that Beideck was named as a CVAC all-star, an award that is given to those who finish in the top 15 in the league meet.

Margaret Champagne of Seton Catholic won the girls race with a time of 19:20, followed by Ashley Leta of Peru with a time of 19:38.

Peru won the girls team title with 30 points. Saranac Lake was fourth with 99.

On the boys' side, Saranac Lake sophomore Zane Pelleteri was the top Tri-Lakes finisher with his 14th place performance in a time of 18:16. Teammate Max Paul finished 23rd in 18:42.

"I am very excited to see how much improvement our boys have made this season," Merrihew said. "Just about every race this season has shown that our boys are progressively getting stronger and faster, just in time for the end of the season."

Karl Schultz was Lake Placid's fastest boys runner, finishing 15th in 18:23.

Jeriqho Gadway of Peru won the boys' individual title with a time of 16:11, outkicking Seton Catholic's Mitchell Ryan who finished in 16:31.

Saranac won the boys team title, edging second-place Beekmantown 63-66. Lake Placid was seventh in the boys' team scoring with 165, followed by Saranac Lake in eighth with 173.



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