Leading off today:
Bryce Millar of Fayetteville-Manlius defended his NYSPHSAA boys Class A cross country championship Saturday in a time of 15:30.3 at SUNY Canton.
Millar's effort highlighted another big day for F-M, with the boys and girls teams defending their Class A championships. East Aurora posted the Class C version of the team double, going one better by snaring individual first-place finishes in each race on the muddy five-kilometer course.
Millar, who will sign a letter of intent next week with Indiana University, won the 2013 state title at Queensbury. With Nick Ryan having won in 2011-12, F-M runners have earned four straight individual boys titles in the large-school classification to go with four team crowns since 2009.
With Kyle Barber (third overall) and Adam Hunt (eighth) next across the line behind Millar among competitors in the team race, F-M cruised to victory by a 24-100 margin over Shenendehowa.
Though Bertha Budda (17:49.7) of Arlington and 2013 Class B winner Jessica Lawson Corning were the first two finishers in the girls Class A race, F-M's first five runners scored in places two through six, led by freshman Sophia Ryan (18:04.1) in third place overall.
That gave Fayetteville-Manlius a comfortable 20-85 win over Saratoga.
East Aurora's team sweep in Class C was a closer affair. The boys fought off Mount Academy (winner of the previous two Class D titles) 45-61, led by junior Kenny Vasbinder's 15:54.6 for individual honors. The girls outdistanced Bronxville 51-54, with Greenwich (83) and Westhill-Bishop Ludden (88) not far off the pace. East Aurora junior Sophia Tasselmyer was the winner in 19:07.8, more than 30 seconds ahead of the field.
East Aurora previously scored the team double in the 2010 NYSPHSAA meet.
"It's a huge accomplishment," EA coach Walt McLaughlin told The Buffalo News. "It's absolutely been our goal all season ... and it worked out. It was a tough course with lots of mud and lots of rain."
Beaver River hit a major milestone by posting 74 points and edging Barker (80) and Norwood-Norfolk (81) for the boys Class D championship. In pulling down their first title since 2008, the Beavers earned their 15th championship in the history of the meet and tied West Genesee lacrosse for the most NYSPHSAA first-place trophies in any boys sport. The girls leader is Rockville Centre South Side girls soccer, which will be chasing its 18th championship next weekend in Cortland.
"I'm just very proud of our team," junior Brett Neddo told The Daily Times. "We don't have a lead runner, per se, but we have a very strong pack. The Beaver Dam is alive."
Pittsford Mendon's boys made it two straight Class B championships and Tully successfully defended in the girls Class D race.
Full results: You can follow the links here for the boys and girls results from the NYSPHSAA cross country meet.
RCSS advances: Junior Keri Cavallo scored in the first sudden death to lift Rockville Centre South Side to a 2-1 victory vs. Shoreham-Wading River in the NYSPHSAA girls Class A soccer finals.
Cavallo cashed in Tessa Considine's corner kick into the box, charging in near the far post to redirect the ball with her face.