South Lewis Lady Falcons Are State Champions - 11/15/2017

South Lewis Lady Falcons Are State Champions-11/15/2017

TURIN - On Saturday, November 11, the South Lewis Falcons girls’ cross-country team competed at the New York State Championships at Wayne High School. With cold temperatures and very muddy conditions, the Falcons scored 62 points in the team competition to defeat Greenwich of Section II (65 points) and Maple Grove of Section VI (69 points). Coming into the meet, the Falcons were ranked #3 and upset the two favorites with the help of the unfavorable running conditions. The Falcons were led again by the trio of Hannah Ielfield, Hali Ielfield and Lexi Bernard. South Lewis was able to place three runners in the top 10. Hannah placed third in 20:22, Hali placed fifth in 20:31, and Lexi placed ninth in 20:42. The Falcons’ fourth runner, Marsella Ventura, had her best race of the season, placing 33rd in 22:11. Ventura beat the fourth runners for Greenwich and Maple Grove to give the Falcons a considerable lead in the team scoring. Abby Durgan placed 67th to complete the five-person scoring. The Falcons placed second, fourth, sixth, 16th, and 34th in the team scoring to get 62 points. Morgan Feisthamel and Chloe Seller placed 70th and 80th for the Falcons’ sixth and seventh team members.  At the post-race ceremony, South Lewis was presented championship medals, a banner, and the state championship plaque. The state championship was the first ever state win by a girls’ team at South Lewis and second championship for the cross-country program. The other was the boys’ team in 2003 in almost the same conditions. South Lewis also helped Section III win the inter-sectional title for 2017.  After all the girls’ races were complete, the Falcons were given the news that the team qualified for the New York State Federations, which will take place this coming Saturday, November 18, at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, NY. The team finished seventh overall in the merge (all classes and schools competing) with 324 points. Only Fayetteville-Manlius, Shenendowa, North Rockland, Monroe-Woodbury, John Jay-Cross River, and Ithaca finished ahead of the Falcons. South Lewis finished ahead of all Class C and D teams and only had one Class B team place ahead of them. The coaching staff thanks the local fire departments and the police for the parade/escort out of Turin on Friday as the team left for the state championships.