Storm runners team up for victories

LAKE PLACID – On a sunny afternoon that was just about perfect for running, the Saranac Lake girls cross country team claimed victories over Lake Placid and Ticonderoga in Tuesday’s meet at the Olympic Sports Complex’s biathlon trails.

The Red Storm girls swept the fourth through ninth positions on the way to the two wins. Lake Placid sisters Nina and Gabby Armstrong took the individual titles as they crossed the finish line first with clasped hands, both completing the course in 22 minutes, 46 seconds. Sentinels runner Naomi Forkas placed third in 23:32, and Saranac Lake’s runners then grabbed the next six spots.

Sophie Theorn led the Red Storm, finishing fourth in 24:14. She was followed by teammates Johanna Mohrs (24:19), Grace Sullivan (24:29), Jacinda Riggs (26:20), Caroline Dodd (26:26) and Jackie Garso (27:41).

Briana Roy was 11th for the Blue Bombers in 31:13 and Morgan Paul finished 12th for the Saranac Lake girls in 33:28.

Ticonderoga’s boys placed five runners in the top 10 on their way to a sweep of Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. The Blue Bombers boys also picked up a win in the meet as they topped the Red Storm.

Karl Schulz was the fastest finisher for Lake Placid, placing third in 18:39. The top two spots belonged to the Sentinels, with Shawn Silliman winning the race in 18:21 and Tyler Beldon the runner-up in 18:38. Jacob Young placed fourth for Ticonderoga in 19:38.

Zane Pelleteri topped the Red Storm contingent, finishing fifth in 19:44.

Three more Lake Placid runners placed in the top 10 as Trent White finished seventh in 20:16, Forest Ledger was ninth just two seconds back and Scott Schulz secured 10th place in 21:07.

Junior Curtis Rissberger placed 11th in 21:08, Saranac Lake senior Max Paul was 12th in 21:13 and Nick Saulpaugh of the Blue Bombers finished 13th in 21:18.

The Saranac Lake and Lake Placid cross country teams will both travel when they next compete again on Tuesday. The Red Storm runners will head to Beekmantown to take on the Eagles and Seton Catholic, while the Blue Bombers visit Plattsburgh to take on the Hornets and Northeastern Clinton.