Peppy, Gostomski Repeat As Individual Winners
Maple Grove Wins Team Titles For Boys, Girls At Bemus Point Golf Club
BEMUS POINT — For the second year in a row the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association Cross Country Championship meet was led by Michael Peppy of Maple Grove and Abby Gostomski of Cattaraugus-Little Valley.
The seniors will be entering the postseason in good form, with both earning their second consecutive individual CCAA titles as Peppy toured the course at Bemus Point Golf Club in 16:33.58 on Friday afternoon while Gostomski clocked an 18:53.49.
For the Red Dragons, team titles were also on Friday’s docket with the boys earning first place with 60 points while the Lady Red Dragons posted 40 points. Right now Maple Grove is the No. 3 Class D team in the state according to the New York State Sportswriters Association while the girls team sits at No. 2 behind Section II Greenwich.
“Last (CCAA) race we were looking to move forward and go into states and have a good states run last year,” Peppy said after claiming his title. “So that’s what we were trying to do this year and kind of repeat what we did last year and come back where we left off last year, that’s what we did.”
“At this point I’m happy with where my times are and I think that they’ll make me competitive going into the sectional and state meet,” Peppy added.
While Friday offered some atypicially warm and sunny weather for local runners, one good thing about the course in Bemus Point is that it holds up under pretty much any conditions.
“I would have liked it a little cooler,” Gostomski said. “But this is a nice day so, there was no mud or anything so it was easy to get up the hills because I wasn’t slipping. I’m focused on my time, not really my place. I’d like to get to 18:30 by states.”
Following Gostomski was Kylee Odell of Clymer/Sherman/Panama in second (19:07.58) while Christina Peppy took third (19:24.42) to lead the Lady Red Dragons and Bailey Gostomski finished fourth (19:31.14).
Rounding out the top girls finishers were Ava Crist of Maple Grove with a 19:39.70 while Emily Brown led Fredonia/Westfield in sixth place with a 20:13.45.
It was Fredonia/Westfield that earned second place in the team standings with 76 points while Silver Creek/Forestville took third, Clymer/Sherman/Panama fourth and Cattaraugus-Little Valley fifth.
Following on Michael Peppy’s heels was Matt Evans of Randolph, finishing with a time of 16:48.24. In third was John Swabik of Clymer/Sherma/Panama with a 16:55.42 while Dagon Bryant led Southwestern with a 16:59.39 and Josh Johnson took fifth (17:00.7) for Fredonia/Westfield.
Aiding Maple Grove to the team title were Peter Auer (17:01.95) and Frank Colburn (17:30.27).
Falconer/Cassadaga Valley grabbed second place in the boys team standings with 93 points, followed by Clymer/Sherman/Panama with 129, Fredonia/Westfield with 136 and Southwestern with 144.
Runners will return to Bemus Point Golf Club on Nov. 3 for the Section VI Championships.
Maple Grove 60, Falconer/Cassadaga 93, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 129, Fredonia/Westfield 136, Southwestern 144.
1. Michael Peppy (MG), 2. Matt Evans (Ran), 3. John Swabik (CSP), 4. Dagon Bryant (SW), 5. Josh Johsnon (FW), 6. Peter Auer (MG), 7. Lyle Warrior (G), 8. Sam Filbert (AL), 9. Ronan McDonald (R), 10. Frank Colburg (MG), 11. Diego Rey (FW), 12. Dylan Davis (FREW), 13. Drew Pownall (FREW), 14. Collin Barmore (FCV), 15. Shane Hetrick (MG), 16. Ben DePerna (FCV), 17. Tony Vezina (SW), 18. Hunter Wassink (CSP), 19. Logan Holthouse (CSP), 20. Andrew Young (FCV). T–16:33.58
Maple Grove 40, Fredonia/Westfield 76, Silver Creek/Forestville 102, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 115, Cattaraugus-Little Valley 146.
1. Abby Gostomski (CLV), 2. Kylee Odell (CSP), 3. Christina Peppy (MG), 4. Bailey Gostomski (CLV), 5. Ava Crist (MG), 6. Emily Brown (FW), 7. Acacia Barber (FREW), 8. Abby Brunenvas (MG), 9. Hannah Sullivan (SW), 10. Grace Auer (MG), 11. Mackenzie Gratto (CSP), 12. Savannah Lashbrook (FW), 13. Hannah Gullo (FW), 14. Ellen Decker (SCF), 15. Jaylah Cossin (SCF), 16. Ashlyn Collins (O), 17. Riley Caskey (MG), 18. Bryn Mozzi (MG), 19. Kendra Berg (MG), 20. Lindsey Clawson (AL). T–18:53.49