Girls & Boys Performance Database
1999 Sectional Class A Girls Team Results:
I'm just an interested Class A spectator,
but I'm certain about one thing ... as a group (from top to bottom) the
coaching above is as good as anywhere in New York State!
(1) FM - 33
(2) CNS - 106
(3) Liverpool - 124
(4) West Genesee - 135
(5) Proctor - 158
(6) Oswego - 174
(7) Central Square - 187
(8) Baldwinsville - 191
(9) Auburn - 220
(10) Rome - 237
(11) Corcoran - 249
(12) Nottingham - 320
(13) ESM - 369
(14) Whitesboro - 396
How do I rank these teams for the upcoming
season?? ... Well ... I think it's prudent to simply rank them in the
order they finished above ... until we see some results for this year. I
expect some surprises ... I just don't know what the surprises will be. At
the beginning of last year's season, I had no idea that Laurel Burdick was
such a great runner ... maybe I wasn't paying attention or maybe I just
don't know enough about Class A (In 1998, Laurel finished 15th at States
in Lake Placid and 14th at Federations). Will another runner emerge to challenge
Laurel this year?? I think one or more Class A runners will
"blossom" into the "elite" group ... Will it be a
modified runner moving up or a veteran from last year?
This could be a very competitive year in
Class A with several teams challenging for top honors ... that's why I'm
interested. It will take a team effort (runners #1 through #5) to
determine the final champion. With so many good teams, the outcome of duel meets may be a poor
predictor for predicting the sectional champion. Below are some brief
thoughts about various teams ... (Note: when I mention returning runners
from last year, I am simply looking at results from sectionals, etc ...
some of these runners may no longer be running for that school ... I have
not talked to the coaches).
||I believe a champion
remains a champion until somebody proves otherwise ... therefore, FM
is #1. They lost some great talent to graduation (Andrea Aris,
Lindsay McGann, Julie Olsen, and Karen Hannum) ... so, some
observers might think this is a rebuilding year. I don't think so ... any team that starts with the state champion (Laurel
Burdick) and an outstanding senior (Greer Mahoney) is not really
rebuilding. Coach Bill Aris has a great running program ... I'm
certain three new runners (at least) will emerge to bolster the FM
||CNS loses last year's best
runner (Lindsay McClintock) to graduation. However, they are
returning the next seven runners (Laura Ewald, Nicole Zablotny, Jennifer Elderbroom,
Nakida Robinson, Trisha Tibbitts, Van Tran, and Beth Quartier). With
some help from their modified team or improvement among varsity
runners, CNS is a real contender.
||Liverpool loses Heather
Staub to graduation, but they return a solid core of runners (Laura
Burchill, Jen Mills, Danielle Scalione, Mary Ferguson, and Kristin
Taormina). Freshman Laura Burchill is one candidate to join the
"elite" group of Section 3 runners. Liverpool may be FM's
most serious contender.
Coach George Ball is not only an
excellent coach, he's a tireless worker ... I thank him for his incredible efforts in hosting the State Track Meet in June and other
meets. Coach Ball produces the cross country rankings in the
Syracuse newspapers and he does a great job!
||West Genesee losses the
excellent runner Morgan Doherty to graduation, but they return the
equally excellent Shannon Morris. Shannon is a perennial top runner
in both track and cross country. Coach Jim Vermeulen is another
outstanding Class A coach ... he reviews the West Genesee team at his
own website ... please go there for more
information because he knows a lot more about West Genesee than
I do. With some help from last year's modified team, West Genesee
can become a top contender for Class A honors.
||Proctor losses Najtu Okanovic
and Christina Roth to graduation. Freshman Kayla Sergio and 8th
grader Andrea Okanovic return ... maybe one of these young ladies
will be the big surprise??
||Oswego returns their top
six runners from last year's sectionals (Kristin Wallace, Sally Holthouse,
Alecia Oleyourryk, Caitlin Oberst, Amanda Russell, and Rebecca Martel).
Just a hunch ... I think Oswego will improve a lot this year ...
they have outstanding coaching and athletes ... this could be a
||Central Square returns two
excellent sophomore runners (Amanda Lalley and Sara Kerns) ...
either one could be this year's big surprise.
||Baldwinsville is returning
their top seven runners from last year's sectional race. Junior
Kelly Owens is one of the best Class A runners.
Through his tenure at Baldwinsville, Coach
Jim Goulet has been one of the great Section 3 coaches. He's won
many championships and developed many great runners ... he's been incredibly helpful to many coaches, athletes and fans
... it's only a matter of time before Baldwinsville returns to the