Hannibal cross country competes at Chittenango

By Rob Tetro

The Hannibal Boys and Girls Varsity Cross Country Teams competed in The Chittenango Invitational at Jamesville Beach Sept. 14.

Hannibal Boys and Girls Cross Country Coach Dan Pawlewicz said both teams delivered solid performances at The Chittenango Invitational. However, he said the Hannibal teams were at a bit of a disadvantage because by the time they took to the course, conditions of the course weren’t what they were when the day began.

The Hannibal girls varsity team finished ninth out of 17 teams. The Lady Warriors were led by eighth-grader McKenzie Mattison. In an event that featured 168 other runners, Mattison came away with a first-place finish with a personal best time of 20:15.

Following Mattison was Reilly Harris in 32nd place with a time of 22:40.5 and Vanessa Waldron in 42nd place with a time of 23:28.5.

The Hannibal boys varsity team finished in seventh out of 19 teams. Jason McFarland led The Warriors, placing 12th with a time of 17:48. Following McFarland was Zane Pointon in 19th place with a time of 18.12.8 and Ben Slate in 22nd place with a time of 18.23.8.

After hosting Marcellus on Wednesday, the teams travel to Baldwinsville today to take part in The 62nd Annual Baldwinsville Invitational. After coming away with a first Place finish in last year’s event, the Hannibal boys varsity cross country team will be striving for a repeat performance.

In early November, Jamesville Beach will be the site of the 2013 Section 3 Championships.

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