Sauquoit Sweeps Holland Patent XC Meet

Posted on Sep 10 2015 - 2:38am by Perry L Novak

Holland Patent – Last year Dylan Cannarelli played soccer for Sauquoit Valley. On September 9th, the sophomore began his career as a cross country runner for the fabled program in superb fashion. He edged teammate Devin Murphy for first place at Holland Patent’s four-way meet.

“One day I just thought about it,” Cannarelli said of making the switch. “In track I’m a two-miler. I thought I’d give it a shot. I’m stoked!” As well he should be. Cannarelli led his team to a sweep of Holland Patent, West Canada Valley and Poland in the first meet of the 2015 season.

Sauquoit's Dylan Cannarelli was all alone at the finish line

Sauquoit’s Dylan Cannarelli was all alone at the finish line

“It was a good early meet,” Sauquoit Valley coach Steve Philpotts said. “I’m seeing what I expected.” Philpotts expects his teams to compete for sectional honors this fall, though the defending state champs – Tully’s girls and Beaver River’s boys – are in Class D with Sauquoit Valley.

“These are tough kids with a lot of heart,” Philpotts said. “HP’s toughest boy Wednesday was Christopher Celecki. The junior edged his teammate Connor Ludwin for top honors on his team and third overall, but he wasn’t satisfied.

HP's duo of Chris Celecki and Connor Ludwig were 3rd and 4th this afternoon

HP’s duo of Chris Celecki and Connor Ludwig were 3rd and 4th this afternoon

“We wanted to set a course record,” Celecki said of the goal he and Ludwin had. “About a minute off.” Celecki wasn’t discouraged his team didn’t win. “It’s a building year. There are a lot of good freshmen coming up,” he said.HP didn’t have the depth to stay with Sauquoit, but it did beat WCV and Poland. Ben Clarke led WCV’s boys. “I felt I ran pretty good,” the junior said. “I was a little over 20 minutes. I want to break 20 by the end of the year. Maybe if I’d started quicker I could have been sub-20.”

Poland coach Sandy Hitt knew her team wouldn’t vie for first. The seven-boy squad was missing three, as some play soccer as well and there was a match at night. “We’re behind, but we’ll keep working,” she said.  Franklin Szarek led the Tornadoes with a 24:37.

In the girls race, Marissa Jones led Sauquoit Valley to a 3-0 day, but for awhile the outcome was in doubt. The talented senior was tested by Poland junior Shiane Irwin. Irwin, unlike Cannarelli, still plays soccer, and she runs cross country. Poland is one of a few schools in Section III that has athletes playing two sports in one season.
And They're Off in The Girl's Division

And They’re Off in The Girl’s Division

“I didn’t know who she was or how much she had in her,” Jones, a senior, said of her new rival. “After about a mile, I could feel her getting tired.”
Irwin stayed even with Jones for a little more than a mile, and she didn’t tire that much as she held on to place second easily once Jones pulled steadily away.
“Soccer comes first,” Irwin, an All-State junior midfielder in her third year running cross country, said,” but I wanted to win. Once we got into the woods, she was just too far ahead. I wanted to get around 20 minutes. My best is around 20:30.”
The racers dodged the occasionally heavy rains that soaked the area for much of the afternoon. “I’m glad it stopped,” Jones said. “I hate running in the rain.”
Overall, HP coach Mike Stripp was pleased with how 2015’s first meet went for the boys and girls. “It was good for a first outing,” the veteran coach said. “And my fourth man (Dylan Richard) was a big surprise. He made a good transition.”

Boy’s Top 10 Finishers:

1   27 Dylan Canarelli    So. Sauquoit Valley      17:37  5:41

2   34 Devin Murphy       Sr. Sauquoit Valley      18:20  5:55

3   11 Celecki Chris      Jr. Holland Patent       18:36  6:00

4   14 Connor Ludwin      Sr. Holland Patent       18:36  6:00

5   37 Taylor Philpotts   So. Sauquoit Valley      18:39  6:01

6   36 Steven Philpotts   Sr. Sauquoit Valley      19:30  6:17

7   31 Sean Kehler        Jr. Sauquoit Valley      19:38  6:20

8   15 Tanner Ludwin      So. Holland Patent       19:52  6:24

9   40 Zachary Ward       Fr. Sauquoit Valley      19:53  6:24

10   16 Dylan Richard      Fr. Holland Patent       20:07  6:29


Girls Top 10 Finishers:


1   72 Marissa Jones      Sr. Sauquoit Valley      21:31  6:56

2   60 Shaine Irwin       Jr. Poland                         22:11  7:09

3   77 Madison Randall  Fr. Sauquoit Valley   23:35  7:36

4   61 Tempest Morrissey  Jr. Poland                 24:03  7:45

5   69 Raegan Crowe       Jr. Sauquoit Valley  24:17   7:49

6   58 Cheyenne Shoemaker So                  HP    24:26  7:52

7   80 Sumer Walker       So. Sauquoit Valley  24:37  7:56

8   73 Ashton Leary       Sr. Sauquoit Valley     25:12  8:07

9   66 Olivia Brink       Sr. Sauquoit Valley      25:22  8:10

10   75 Sara Moore         Sr. Sauquoit Valley      25:48  8:19