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December 08, 2016
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Time is of the essence

Eldred girls raise the regional championship plaque (and a pumpkin, too) after their dramatic 2-1 state Class D quarterfinal win over Section 2 champion Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville. The Lady Yellow Jackets got the winning goal from Jordan Lepes with 17 seconds to go on a feed from Lynzee Kelty, who had scored the team’s other goal late in the first half. Eldred moves on to the Final Four in Cortland to face Section 3 champion Poland on November 16 at 12 noon.
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Needless to say time figured strongly in the NYSPHSAA Cross-Country Championships as the elite runners of Section IX vied against the best of the best from the state’s other 10 sections. For the first time in 30 years, Section IX had two individual state champions crowned. Warwick sophomore Megan Reilly (17:23.5) won the Class A title for the second year in a row, breaking the course record set at Queensbury in 2005 by then Warwick standout Aislinn Ryan by one tenth of a second. Onteora senior Julia Rubin-Armstrong (18:22.4) won the girls Class C honors. The Mt. Academy boys team won the state Class D title for the second straight year. Port Jervis had the next best team showing from Section Nine with a third place finish in boys Class B. Here is a list of Sullivan County runners with their places: Boys Class B: 71, Joseph Klein Monticello (16:49.3); Class D: 72, Jake Willoughby Eldred (18:11.33); 78, Kevin Maas Eldred (18:16.01). Girls Class B: 51, Camryn Johnson Monticello (19:13.2); Class C: 57, Kelsey Dutton Sullivan West (20:17.3); 74, Sabrena Smith Tri-Valley (20:44.8); 87, Autumn Bender Tri-Valley (21:06.9); 89, Brittany Pennell Tri-Valley (21:10.8; 90). Alex Brooks Tri-Valley (21:12.6); 100, Danielle Graham Tri-Valley (21:25.7); 106, Ali Reynolds Tri-Valley (21:35.1); 107, Brooke Gillette Tri-Valley (21:36.5). Class D 29, Kayla Maas Eldred (20:18.4); 77, Sarah Malzahn Eldred (22:15.9).

For a detailed story about the NYSPHSAA championships read “State Of Grace” on For an album of photos from the storied event visit