In the girls race Monticello’s Camryn Johnson (18:55.24) was the county’s best in 12th place. Her twin sister Sydney Johnson (19:29.25) was 19th. Sullivan West’s Courtney Meyerer (20:09.93) was 36th just ahead of Eldred eighth grade phenom Kayla Maas (20:12.59) in 39th place. Sullivan West’s Kelsey Dutton (20:13.86) was 40th. Maas and Dutton look to return to states this year. Sullivan West hopes its top three runners that include Meyerer, Dutton and Corrine VanWagner (20:48.21) in 48th place will all make it to the big race. Finishing ahead of Dutton in 43rd place was Tri-Valley’s Alex Brooks (20:34.34). The Lady Bears to places 50, 51 and 52 with Brittany Pennell (20:49.50, Autumn Bender (20:58:88) and Sabrena Smith (20:53.90). Team-wise it was Tri-Valley in eighth, Monticello in 11th and Sullivan West in 14th. The girls field featured 130 runners. The Lady Bears are the defending Section IX class C champions and with their depth look to be the odds-on favorite to retain their crown. In the Section IX Class D boys soccer sectionals, number-one-seeded Eldred (8-6-2) played third seeded Family School (5-8-1) on October 29. The Yellow Jackets were seeking their first-ever Section IX boys soccer title. Their last appearance in the title game was in 1988. In Class B, sixth-seeded Fallsburg fell to number three Rhinebeck 4-0. Fifth-seeded Liberty (10-6) beat number four Highland 4-0 in the quarterfinals and faced Rhinebeck in the semifinals on October 29. In girls soccer sectionals top-seeded Eldred played second-seed Livingston Manor on October 29 for the Section IX title. Meanwhile seventh-seeded Liberty (6-7) fell to number two-seeded James I. O’Neill 5-1.
In football, Roscoe/Downsville Livingston Manor punched its ticket to the Section IX Class D title game vs. Chester with a 39-13 win over Eldred. Liberty fell to John S. Burke Catholic 46-12 in a non-league preview of the Class C semifinals slated for November 1 at Dietz Stadium. Sullivan West defeated Tri-Valley 61-21 as Jared Meola, Richard Shevak and Andrew Stabbert racked up two touchdowns apiece. Brian Stauch and Travis Roeder each had one TD for the Westies 3-4 (1-2 Class C Division II). Justin Swartout had two rushing TD’s for the Bears and Jared James caught a 60-yard TD pass for the other T-V score. T-V fell to 0-8 (0-3 Class C Division II). For more details on this game and other events during the week, visit www.sportsinsightsny.com. For albums of photos check out www.sportsinsights.smugmug.com.