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Ronan Runs To Victory In NYC

Randolph’s Ronan McDonald, left, sprints to the finish at the Manhattan High School Invitational in the Bronx. Submitted photo

NEW YORK — Ronan McDonald has had an outstanding cross country season so far this fall, but the Randolph Central School star saved his best for last weekend.

Competing in the Manhattan High School Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, the senior finished first in the Boys Varsity A race with a time of 12 minutes, 53 seconds on the 2.5-mile course, to hold off Aidan Higley of Salesianum by one second.

About 12,000 runners, representing 300 schools, participated in the invitational which, according to meet organizers, is the largest high school meet in the country.

Joining McDonald and his Randolph team in the trip to the Bronx were runners from Falconer and Fredonia, all with the goal of finishing in the top 75 in each race, which would earn them a medal.

In addition to McDonald, also receiving medals among the area runners were Rayven Sample of Falconer (14:02.02, 43rd place), Josh Walters of Randolph (14:22.1, 72nd place); and Joe Krenzer of Falconer (14:22.9, 75th place).

Ronan McDonald, a senior at Randolph Central School, is seen competing earlier this fall. Submitted photo

In the Girls Varsity A race, Fredonia’s Emily Brown (15:40.20) and Savannah Lashbrook (17:05.60) placed eighth and 60th respectively to earn medals.

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