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Fallsburg cheerleader Celia Garcia shows her spirit. Garcia will be traveling to London, England as one of 300 American cheerleaders performing in London’s New Years’ Day Parade. She was selected as an All-American Cheerleader at one of the summer camps hosted by the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA).

By Richard A. Ross
October 27, 2011

SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — High school sports create many lifelong memories. This past week authored the latest series of salient memories for a number of area individual athletes and the teams they represent. Cross-country runners entered the spotlight at the Division IV and V championships held in Liberty and Eldred respectively.

At Liberty, Sullivan West’s Dani Myers (19:36) won her third consecutive Division IV title, leading the Lady Westies to their seventh division title, taking advantage of Tri-Valley’s relocation to Division V. The Lady Bulldogs narrowly edged out James I. O’Neill 26-29. (In cross-country, the team with the lowest combined score from its first five runners is the victor.) Eighth grade phenom Courtney Meyerer (19:48) finished second, just a week after leading her fellow harriers to a team win at the 12th Annual Ben Boice Invitational in Millbrook against a daunting field of schools including Onteora, FDR, Spackenkill, Red Hook, Highland, Marlboro and others. Kelsey Dutton (20:03) took fourth in the division race, and with Corinne Van Wagner (21:38) and Rosa Martinez (21:55) finishing ahead of O’Neill’s fifth runner, the title was secured.

In the boys race, O’Neill sophomore Zach Snel (16:33) outdistanced Sullivan West’s Reed Scott to help the Raiders to the team title. Scott’s meteoric rise continued. In 2009, he was ninth in 18:44. Last year, he finished fourth in 17:22, a prelim to this year’s second place in 16:40. Scott is looking to secure a place in the state meet this year for the first time. Myers and Dutton are state meet veterans. Myers won a medal last year as she finished 20th.

Coming up this week is the OCIAA league meet at Bear Mountain, a tune up for the sectionals on November 4, which serves as a state qualifier. Tri-Valley took its winning ways to the Division V circuit, as the boys and girls won again as they had in Division IV. This was the T-V girls’ 12th straight division championship. They were led by Autumn Bender’s first-place finish in 22:31 on the 3.1-mile course. Eldred’s Christine Donnelly (23:21) was second. T-V’s Olivia Rehm (23:48) was third and Danielle Graham (24:11) was fifth. T-V outscored Eldred 22-43.

In the boys race, it was Eldred’s Hunter Proscia (18:32) in first, with T-V’s Jim Bernstein (18:37) and Omar Lopez (19:01) in second and third. Eldred’s Alex Campanella (19:31) was fourth. The quartet of fine runners looks to return to states. This year’s meet will be held at Vernon-Verona Sherill Central School on November 12. Eldred runs in Class D and Tri-Valley competes in Class C.

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