The Irvington boys varsity cross-country team captured the New York State Championship title Nov. 13 at Chenango Valley State Park.
“We are very proud of our athletes, who have been seeking this outcome since late June,” coach Chris Barry said. “They have put their hearts and souls into their training. They run with confidence. They run for each other.”
The team was led by Lucas Turano, who finished in 13th place with a 17:14.1 run, and Liam Lyons, who finished in 20th place with a 17:34.4 run. They both secured all-state honors with top-20 finishes in the 132-runner race. Other top runners included Brice Pierce, who finished in 26th place with a 17:52 run; Indy Minkoff, who finished in 30th place with a 17:55.6 run; Ryan Carron, who finished in 31st place with a 17:56.7 run; Taoig Cypher, who finished in 60th place with a 18:28 run and Mitch Milun, who finished in 70th place with a 18:40.5 run.
Competing against 10 other sectional champion teams from around the state, the Bulldogs finished 12th best overall. In addition, they advanced to represent Section 1 at the Federation championships on Nov. 20, along with 17 other public schools from around the state.
“This is a great honor and, while we have had individual runners representing Irvington at the Federation meet in the past, we have never had a team there in the 65-year history of our program,” Barry said.