For the second year in a row, Pittsford Mendon junior Nathan Lawler ran away from the McQuaid Invitational as the fastest runner from Section V.
The recipient of the cross country meet’s Charlie McMullen Memorial Plaque ran the three-mile course Saturday at Genesee Valley Park in 14 minutes 51.1 seconds, good for second in his seeded medium schools race and third overall among boys. More than 8,000 boys and girls total entered to run a race at the meet, some from the top teams in New York state.
Lawler’s time was more than 11 seconds faster than his time on the same course in 2015. He then came back on Wednesday and won a Monroe County league meet at Finger Lakes Community College. Lawler finished in 16:27, 25 seconds ahead of Brockport’s Eric LaCourt.
School/year: Pittsford Mendon/junior.
Did you know?: This 2015 Democrat & Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Cross Country Team selection was very close to advancing to last season’s Nike Cross Nationals. Lawler placed ninth, one position and five seconds from qualifying. He is also last year’s state runner-up and Section V champion in Class B.
Indoor/outdoor trails: Maintains an “A” academic average and enjoys hiking.
At the McQuaid Invitational: Lawler finished behind East Aurora junior Ian Russ in their school division race. “We raced each other last year. He’s improved a lot, and I definitely saw him as a threat in this race. When he started picking up, I tried to stay with him, and I did everything I could, but he’s a really good runner. I’m glad with the second place.”