Herkimer Cross Country Competes in Region III Championships

UTICA, NY – Cold, rainy conditions hampered, but couldn’t stop the Herkimer Generals’s all-out effort at last Saturday’s 2018 Region III Cross Country Championship Meet, hosted by Mohawk Valley Community College.

Hudson Valley’s women ended Herkimer’s two-year reign as region champions with a commanding 15-44 victory over the runner-up Generals. Viking sophomore Mercedes Plavansky repeated her conference win with another excellent winning performance, timed at 21:13.2 for the 5 kilometer course.

Herkimer was led by a 12th place finish from rookie Jenna LaPerla (Mount Markham/Ilion, NY), who completed the 5K course in 25:54.7, barely missing all region honors. Herkimer occupied spots 19, 20 and 21, individually with Amina Mohamed (Bayview South/Milwaukee, WI) in 27:14.3, Claire Connolly (Little Falls/Little Falls, NY) in 27:45.0 and Malerie Belles (Cicero-North Syracuse/Clay, NY) in 28:29.6. Liberty Zamarripas (Travis/Austin, TX) rounded out the General attack, finishing 27th with a time of 31:50.0.

Hudson Valley’s boys had a much closer call, but led by a dominating performance from individual winner Jared Craw (he won by just shy of a minute), the Vikings edged out Finger Lakes, 44-47.

Herkimer wound up taking 5th, an unfortunate result, but with one of their top runners not having his best race, it’s still a good effort considering this is one of the more competitive all-around fields Region 3 men have seen in the last several years.

Retaining all-region honors was Jake Baisley (Dolgeville/Dolgeville, NY). Baisley crossed the finish line in 5th place with a time of 32:15.8, one of his best performances of the season without a doubt.

Following Baisley for the Generals were Lewis Lewis (Thomas R. Proctor/Utica, NY), Ricky Patterson (Peekskill/Peekskill, NY), Zumar Smith (Amelia Academy/Chesterfield, VA), Andrew Yacobucci (Canajoharie/Canajoharie, NY), Jordan Edmonds (Bridgeport Aerospace and Business/Bridgeport, CT), Kennyasha Joseph (Dover/Dover Plains, NY), Marius Murabito (Whitesboro/Whitesboro, NY), George Watson (Herkimer/Herkimer, NY), Kyler Ford (Herkimer/Herkimer, NY) and Justin Jones (Central Valley Academy/Ilion, NY). Lewis was 19th (34:08.4), Patterson cruised into 21st (34:11.5), Smith grabbed 24th (34:42.7), Yacobucci fought for 31st (36:37.1), Edmonds followed in 32nd (36:56.6), Joseph was right behind in 33rd (37:07.5), Murabito finished 35th (37:16.4), Watson powered home to grab 42nd (38:54.9), Ford placed 44th (39:38.4) and Jones dashed to 53rd (45:24.1).

Herkimer’s season will conclude next Saturday (11/3) at the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championship Meet hosted by Holyoke Community College in Massachusetts.

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