Pittsford Mendon cross-country competed in five 5K races at the Monroe County Championships on Oct. 28 at Hilton’s Parma Park against 14 other local schools.
This meet offered the opportunity for teams to compete against each other regardless of classification.
Mendon girls were the varsity B race champions, led by Rachel McCarthy’s second-place finish. Closely following McCarthy were Livia Betti in third, Manvi Singh in fourth, Samara Henning in eighth and Izzy Reynolds in 18th.
The varsity girls’ team earned third place and were led by Madelyn Rose MacLaughlin’s 15th-place finish. Following MacLaughlin were Maggie Casey in 21st, Julia Tomanovich in 25th, Ellie Anstrom in 29th and Sarah Winfree in 35th.
In the boys’ freshman/sophomore race, Nathan Gupton led his squad to fifth place by crossing the finish line in 18th place. Gupton was followed by Tom Morell in 25th, Gavin Clouser in 27th, Nathan Trumble in 49th and Alex Pogharian in 66th.
Joey Fisher led his varsity B boys’ squad to ninth place with his individual 39th place finish. The next four Vikings to cross the line after Fisher were Jacob Caputo in 40th, Jeremy Tabechian in 43rd, Michael Anderson in 63rd and Christopher Fursman in 68th.
Nathan Lawler was the individual champion of the varsity boys’ race for the third consecutive year, setting a new course record and leading the Vikings to third place. Also scoring points for Mendon were Sam Lawler in fifth, Jimmy Smith in 26th, Matt Queiroz in 34th and Colin Murphy in 53rd.
Mendon’s varsity boys and girls earned second place for the DeJoy Cup, which combines a school’s varsity boys’ and girls’ performances into one score and demonstrates the overall strength of the school’s program.
First-team All-County distinction was awarded to the top 32 runners in each varsity race. Vikings who met criteria were MacLaughlin, Casey, Tomanovich, Anstrom, Nathan and Sam Lawler and Smith.