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LCAA’S FINEST: Avon cross-country continues to improve at McQuaid Invitational

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By Chris Metcalf, senior sports editor, LCAA’S Finest

ROCHESTER – The Avon Braves Cross Country team traveled to Genesee Valley Park Saturday to compete in the annual McQuaid Invitational where five runners brought home honors.

In the Girls Varsity A2 race, Maria Geary (Soph.) placed 21st overall with a time of 19:29 (6:30), improving from the year prior where she ran 20:55.

Paige Plaatje (Jr.) also had a strong race with a time of 23:23, a season’s best time by well over a minute.

In the boys race, Jordan Murray (Jr.) placed 49th overall with a time of 17:03 (5:41). Murray is a two-sport athlete and also a member of the football team., playing both sides of the ball the night before in a physical battle with York/Pavilion.

Also having a strong race for the boys was first-year runner Hunter Rumfola (Jr.) who set a season’s best pace with a time of 18:33 (6:10).

Avon modified runners captured three ribbons, as Owen Hitchock (7th), Quinn Kenyon (7th), and Sarah Webster (7th) all placed in the top 100 earning ribbons.

“We are getting stronger both physically and mentally,” said Avon XC coach, Josh Williams. “As a team, we are rightfully proud of our performance and progress but more importantly – hungry to put in the work to meet our goals for the rest of the season.”

The Avon boys are currently tied for first with Livonia in the LCAA/GR standings and will take on the Bulldogs Oct. 10 meet in Holley.

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