46th Annual Loyal D. Greenman Invitational
Ely Park Golf Course, Mt. Prospect
Saturday, October 15th
The Loyal Greenman Invitational has a reputation for tight competition in challenging conditions, and the forty-sixth edition of the event did not disappoint on either count, with Rochester McQuaid, by the narrowest of margins, winning its third straight varsity boys’ team title, and the top four varsity girls teams separated by five points. Additionally, some of the best individuals in Section IV gave a tantalizing preview of the level of competition we can expect to see in the fast-approaching championship season.
On the boys’s side, meet officials needed to go to the sixth-man tiebreaker to determine the winner after Horseheads’ and defending Class A State Team champion McQuaid’s five-runner scores left them deadlocked with 45 points apiece. Both teams placed three runners in the top ten, with Horseheads’ Brian Crimmins the individual winner. McQuaid’s slightly superior depth gave them the title, as their sixth man, sophomore Javy Perez, finished twenty-second, five places and ten seconds ahead of Horseheads’ sixth. Westhill of Section III, making their first Loyal Greenman appearance, finished third with 124 points, followed by Binghamton with 143. McQuaid appears well-positioned to make it four Greenman titles in a row next year, having placed two juniors and a freshman among the top six finishers yesterday and having only one senior in their top seven.
The varsity girls’ team finish was nearly as close as the boys’, and deeper up front, with Trumansburg pulling out a 95 to 96 win over Horseheads, followed by Oneonta with 98 and Westhill at 100. Trumansburg, another first-time Greenman participant and currently ranked sixteenth in New York State in Class C, was led by seniors Katlin Shippy and Brianna VanSoest, in sixth and twelfth, respectively, while junior Liz Wall in seventh and sophomore Felicia Lalomia in ninth paced Horseheads. Oneonta’s young varsity squad, which includes eighth grader Jamie Keown and only one senior, showed the best depth among girls’ teams, its top five runners all finishing in the top twenty-five and within forty-three seconds of one another. Westhill, ranked twenty-fifth in the state in Class B, was led by the strong senior twosome of Betsy Black in third and Jessica Curry in fourth. Curry was the Section III Class A individual champion last year, with Black the runner-up.
Individually, the girls’ field, besides Black and Curry, included two-time Foot Locker National finalist Lauren Mullins, a Johnson City senior, and Windsor junior Maddie Zeitz, currently ranked fourth in the State in Class C. In addition to Horseheads senior Crimmins, fourth in the State 1600 final last spring in 4:12.87, and McQuaid standout junior Mike Sullivan the boys’ lineup included Binghamton senior Ian Tolan. Ian is coming off a breakout track season during which he recorded times of 4:21 in the 1600 and 9:25 in the 3200, prompting him to give up soccer and run cross country for the first time this fall. The wet conditions that local harriers have dealt with all fall made negotiating the hilly Mount Prospect course a particular challenge this year, and any thoughts the exceptional group of front runners assembled on the starting line may have had of mounting an assault on the venerable course records held by Maine-Endwell’s Suzanne Girard, who ran 17:30 in 1979, and Binghamton’s Dan Mullins (Binghamton’s modified coach and father of Lauren), whose 15:00 came in 1982, were certainly gone before the starter’s cannon was fired. Neverthless, the competition was spirited. Zeitz and Mullins separated themselves from the field on the course’s difficult second mile, exchanging the lead before Maddie pulled away over the final 600 meters to win in 18:53 to Lauren’s 19:11. Similarly, Crimmins and Tolan ran within a step of one another the entire distance before Brian upped the tempo in the final 600, finishing in 16:20 to Ian’s 16:33.
Besides Ian Tolan, varsity finishers for the Patriot boys’ included resurgent senior Graeme Gowland in twenty-third, fast-improving freshman Pedro Arias in twenty-fifth, reliable junior Jabril Robinson in twenty-sixth, and varsity newcomers Rohan Patel and Josh Barber in sixty-seventh and sixty-eighth, respectively. Running well for an incomplete varsity girls’ team were the inseparable sophomore tandem of Georgia Westbrook in twenty-fourth and Alexa Boyd in twenty-sixth, and gritty senior Alex Burke in fifty-sixth. Freshman Benalio Daniels was the Patriots’ top JV boy, finishing thirty-seventh. The highlight for Binghamton’s modifieds was the second place team finish of the girls’ squad of eighth graders Kathryne Miller and Emily Anderson and seventh graders Corinne Roma, Jocelyn Pack, Emily Saunders, Grace Perna, Ashley Wetzel and Talia Castelli.
As always, our thanks to the managers of the Ely Park Golf Course for allowing us to conduct this event at their beautiful facility. Thanks also to our volunteers, spectators, and meet officials, and especially to the participating teams. We hope you are all able to join us next year. To those teams who couldn’t make it this year, keep us in mind for 2012.