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NY STATE CROSS COUNTRY: OWEGO GIRLS TEAM, TWO BOYS READY FOR STATE MEET (2022-11-11)

By TIM TAYLOR
Tioga County Sports Report
VERONA, N.Y. — Jaelyn Chrysler and Abby Fahey will lead a contingent of nine Owego harriers into the 2022 NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championships at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School Saturday.

The lady Indians won the Section IV Class C championship last week, qualifying seven runners for the state meet. Owego qualified two boys runners as well.

“We are excited to bring our girls team and two members of the boys team to race at VVS in the state championships Saturday,” Owego coach John Heath said.

Chrysler, a freshman who took fourth at sectionals, and senior Abby Fahey, a 12th-place finisher, are making return trips to the state meet. Chrysler earned a medal after crossing the finish line 13th while Fahey was 91st.

This year, the duo will be joined by senior Cameron Pichany, junior Abigail Luke, freshmen Abigail McHugh and LillyMay Wheeland, and Lilly LaFever, an 8th-grader.

Chrysler has logged a best time of 19:19 this season and placed in the top 10 at every meet. Fahey has run a top time of 20:46 while Wheeland was the team’s No. 2 finisher at sectionals with a season-best 21:18. McHugh has clocked 22:09, and the top times for Pichany (22:52), LaFever (22:55) and Luke (23:03) are just seconds apart.

“The girls team had a strong performance at sectionals and we are looking for each runner to race the VVS course better than they did in September, and to hopefully finish sixth or better in the team standings,” Heath said.

The Owego boys team will be represented by a freshman and a sophomore.

“Sullivan O'Donnell and Magavin Allen will be representing the boys team and this will be their first experience in a state championship race,” Heath said. “Both boys have had strong seasons capped off with big runs last week at sectionals. Their goal is to also improve on their times from September at the VVS course and to be midpack in the competitive state field Saturday.”

The duo placed fifth and eighth, respectively, at sectionals and their fastest times are identical — 17:39.

The Indians lost the sectional team title to Oneonta by one point due after an unfortunate medical incident near the finish line cost their top runner, Jace Stuart, an individual victory.

The boys compete in the first race of the day at 10 a.m. while the girls start at 12:30 p.m.

Tickets are only available online and can be purchased at https://gofan.co/app/school/NYSPHSAA. Prices are $11.50 per car which covers the entire day of competition. The event will be streamed on the NFHS Network via MileSplit, the official broadcasting partner of the NYSPHSAA State Championships.

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SCHEDULE
Boys Class C — 10 a.m.
Boys Class D — 10:30 a.m.
Boys Class A — 11 a.m.
Boys Class B — 11:30 a.m.
Girls Class C — 12:30 p.m.
Girls Class D — 1 p.m.
Girls Class A — 1:30 p.m.
Girls Class B — 2 p.m.


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