October 30, 2013 —
LAKE HUNTINGTON, NY — “These are the days of our lives.” Those words made famous by television’s timelessly popular soap opera aptly apply to the young men and women who have devoted themselves wholeheartedly to their exploits on the fields and trails this fall. These precious autumn days are waning, but the memories encoded therein will not fade, thanks to the thousands of photos taken and the stories written that will preserve these noble youthful endeavors for time immemorial. The great triumvirate of high school fall athletics, namely football, soccer and cross-country, will soon reach their respective denouement, but for now the glory days are still unfolding.
This past week’s OCIAA championship was a great forerunner to the November 1 Section IX Cross-Country championships that will be run on the same course at Bear Mountain. Running against all comers from schools large and small, harriers at the OCIAA meet sought to test their mettle against the course and their own class competitors in the Section IX meet. There, the top team from each class along with the five top runners aside from those on the winning team will qualify to run in the state meet at Queensbury High School on November 9. Sullivan County had its share of great performances at the OCIAA race. Tops among county boys was Monticello’s Joe Klein (16:29.74) who took 24th place. Tri-Valley junior Ian Kurzrock (16:39.40) was 28th. Teammates Hauk Boyes (17:31.24), Brenden Hasbrouck (17:45.24) and Aidan Woolsey (17:56.27) were 63rd, 70th and 78th respectively. Eldred’s Kevin Maas (17:59.03) was 78th and Sullivan West’s Dan Paparella (18:18.08) shattered his personal best time by 30 seconds as took 81st just ahead of T-V’s Justin Weintraub (18:12:58) in 82nd and Eldred’s Jake Willoughby (18:18.08) in 86th out of the field of 156 runners. Team-wise, Port Jervis took first place. T-V finished 12th, Monticello was 16th. Sullivan West was 17th, Liberty 20th, Livingston Manor 22nd and Fallsburg 23rd.