Steve Arnett expected his team to be in the top 15, although he was hopeful for maybe 10th or 11th place.
But on Saturday, the Arlington High School cross country coach was pleasantly surprised when his boys team finished eighth at the New York State Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park.
The Admirals were eighth out of 26 teams.
Arnett told his team, which won the Section 1 Class A title two weeks ago, that the race would be challenging.
“It’s a zoo. I tried to explain that to the guys,” Arnett said. “You have to be patiently aggressive. Move up when you can, don’t force it. They carried out that tactic well.”
John Jay’s Sean Murray finished 61st overall, clocking in a time of 17:18.90.
“We are all proud of Murray’s incredible season and all his performances,” John Jay coach John Russo said in a statement. “Just to make it this far is a huge accomplishment. He runs with heart and we all look forward to see what he accomplishes next.”
Matthew Dillon was the first runner from Arlington to finish the 3.1-mile race, placing 60th with a time of 17:18.70. Colin Waters was 75th (17:27.80) and Brendan Foley was 76th (17:29.10). Joe Morrison finished 83rd (17:35.10) and Mike Asselmeyer was 146th (18:02.60).
Andrew Pfeifer placed 191st (18:22.90), while Max Glazowski was 215th (18:45.40).
“This was a crew that at the beginning of the year was picked to be third at sectionals,” Arnett said. “We made more than a run and won, got the state meet and got invited to (the Federation Championship). I’m proud we got in the top 10 and finished eighth.”
Sarah Trainor of Franklin D. Roosevelt placed 81st (20:28.30). Caroline Timm from Our Lady of Lourdes was invited to the Federation Championship, but opted not to compete.
Watkins Glen of Section 4 placed first as a team, while Noah Carey of Section 2’s Guilderland finished the individual race first (16:06).
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