After dominating Section 4 opponents this season, the Corning boys cross country team will get a chance to see how it stacks up against the best teams in New York.
The Hawks will join the Elmira girls team in competing for Class A titles Saturday at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championship meet at Elma Meadows Golf Course, east of Buffalo.
Those teams will be joined by seven other runners from the Elmira-Corning area at the meet, which includes four class races for both the boys and the girls.
Corning is ranked 12th in the state in Class A and is projected to finish seventh out of nine teams by www.tullyrunners.com, the top high school running site for New York. Top-ranked Fayetteville-Manlius is the projected winner.
The Hawks’ resume includes Southern Tier Athletic Conference and Section 4 Class A titles. Corning’s lineup features seniors Stephen Rossettie and James Hauck, juniors Sam Chauvin, John McCarthy and Thomas Moshier, and freshman Brian Bates.
Rossettie, Chauvin and McCarthy finished second, third and fourth, respectively, at sectionals.
Elmira seniors Shaun Kurcoba and Cory McCarty will also run in the Class A race.
This will be the first appearance at states for Kurcoba, who took fifth in Class A at sectionals. McCarty, who was seventh at sectionals, ran to a 36th-place finish in Class A at last year’s state meet.
Horseheads junior Hunter Hoffman will make his state meet debut after finishing ninth in Class A at sectionals.
Also competing is Watkins Glen junior Matt Gill, who was the Class C runner-up at sectionals after running to 55th place last year at states.
The Class A girls race will include Corning sophomores Katie Butler and Madeline Ustanik. Butler was a third-place finisher at sectionals and Ustanik was ninth.
The other Elmira-area runner in the meet is Thomas A. Edison senior Samantha Sauer, who placed fifth in Class D last year at states. She is in Class C this year and finished fifth in that race at sectionals.