HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 37TH MCQUAID INVITATIONAL
Weather: Perfect, after 3 days of rain. Temp. 60-65. Course a bit soggy but
increasingly firm under a steady sun.
Course: A new 3. 0 mile looping which in most cases ran 10-15 seconds slower
than the looping we've used in recent years. ( Notable exceptions were
Peter Meindl's breaking the old course record by 5 seconds and Molly
Huddle's doing the same by 7 seconds!)
Field: 236 schools from 5 states and Ontario. Approximately 5300 runners
spread over 23 races
Class A Seeded (Small schools) Skaneateles 42, Groton 69. Veronica Gobeyn (10) of Williamson NY a runaway winner in 18:01.
Class AA Seeded (Medium Schools) - Honeoye Falls-Lima beats Warwick
Valley, 63-67, with a late charge. Fourth year in a row for HF-L. Angela Kudla (12) of Starpoint wins in 18:26
Class AAA Seeded (Large Schools) - Colonie and Shaker bring their rivalry
from Albany to Rochester and finish 1-2 (77-105) Individually, Molly Huddle, from
Class A Elmira Notre Dame, moves up for a tougher race and sets a course record of 17:04.4 in beating Footlocker finalists Laurel Burdick of F-M (17:29) and
Michelle Sikes of Lakewood OH (17:48).
Class A Seeded (Small) - East Rochester wins for the first time, 114-127, over
Eisenhower PA. Anthony Mion, St.Vincent's/St.Mary's, Akron OH (15:10) defeats top PA runner Andy Weilacher (15:15) of Eisenhower.
Class AA Seeded (Medium) - Jon Pierce of Canton wins by 55 seconds to lead
Canton to the team title, 77-89, over HF-Lima. Pierce's 15:06 was best of the day until Meindl.
Class AAA Seeded (Large) - Meindl narrowly missed the course record in
winning last year, but his 14:47.4 set a new mark for a course that supposedly
was tougher. He got plenty of early push from one of Ontario's best -- Adam
Hortian (14:58) of Bluevale C.I., the only other runner to break 15 minutes. Tight
team battle between defending champion Greece Athena and Liverpool went
to Athena, 102-111, led by Andy Wigton's 3rd place.
COMPLETE TEAM RESULTS ARE ON THIS WEBSITE. (Individual summaries will be posted beginning on Tuesday at the rate of 4-5 per day. Be patient!)