Pittsford Mendon High School cross-country entered six teams in the Monroe County Championship 5K races Oct. 27 at Hilton’s Parma Park.
This meet offers the opportunity for schools to compete against each other regardless of classification — school size. The Vikings claimed individual and team champion honors.
Against 17 other schools, Mendon girls captured the overall Monroe County title in the varsity A race for the first time since 2010. Maggie Casey led the Vikings with her fifth-place finish in a field of 129 runners. Following Casey were Olivia Lucia in 10th, Julia Tomanovich in 16th, Riana Heffron in 24th and Anna Schreifer in 26th.
The varsity B girls’ team won their race against 10 teams. This squad was led by Sarah Winfree and her individual championship in a race of 141 runners. Following Winfree were Jessica Robinson in fourth, Lexi Herman in 10th, Julieta Zabala in 16th and Carly Cody in 18th.
In a field of 79 runners, Arianne D’Arcy crossed the finish line in seventh place, steering her ninth- and 10th-grade girls’ team to fourth place, out of eight junior varsity teams. The next Vikings to cross the line were Ashley Trott in 13th, Sophia Palumbo in 15th, Holy Kim in 16th and Shannon Hughes in 23rd.
Sam Lawler won the varsity A boys’ race by one second, which kept the individual Monroe County championship in Viking territory for the fifth consecutive year. Lawler’s first-place finish led his squad to sixth place against 13 other schools. Mendon’s next point-scorers were Jimmy Smith in 10th, Matt Queiroz in 24th, Tom Morrell in 50th and Nico Valentine in 66th, out of a field of 144 athletes.
The largest field of the day was the varsity B boys’ race with 226 harriers. Placing ninth in this race was Nathan Gupton, who guided Mendon to third place against 13 other teams. The next four Vikings to cross the line after Gupton were Evan Hackett in 12th, Gavin Clouser in 19th, Max Serling in 27th and Jeremy Tabechian in 32nd.
In the boys’ freshman/sophomore race of 177 runners, Will Bozek was the first Viking to cross the finish line. His 47th-place finish led Mendon to 10th place against 14 other schools in the junior varsity race. Bozek was followed by Michael Palumbo in 52nd, Clayton Cody in 86th, Lucas Thiele in 88th and Jake Palmiere in 91st.
The Vikings won the DeJoy Cup, named in honor of former Mendon cross-country and track coach Jason DeJoy, and awarded to the school with the fastest combined varsity boys’ and girls’ times, demonstrating 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 Casey, Lucia, Tomanovich, Heffron, Schriefer, Lawler, Smith and Queiroz.