By Chris Metcalf
BERGEN – The Livingston/Genesee Cross-Country Championships will take place this Saturday at Byron-Bergen High School.
Over 20 programs will be competing including Geneseo, Livonia, Avon, Dansville, Wayland-Cohocton, York/Pavilion, Mount Morris and Keshequa.
The Livonia boys and Dansville girls both captured LCAA/GR Division I titles during the regular season.
The Livonia boys finished 18-2 overall while the Lady Mustangs finished 19-1.
For Livonia, the Bulldogs wrapped up the title last week at Brae Burn in Dansville as Ryan Bosch, Matt Mulvaney, Silas Meadows, Aiden Brown, and Hunter Otis were in the scoring five.
It was Livonia’s second straight D-I title.
For Dansville, the Lady Mustangs also won their divisional title at their home course at Brae Burn as they were led by Brianne Hurlburt, Morgan Ball, and Haley Beman, who all finished in the top six.
The Geneseo boys and girls both had terrific regular season campaigns with the boys finishing second in D-II with an 18-2 mark while the girls finished third with a record of 16-4.
The Avon boys were second in D-I with a record of 17-3 while the girls placed fourth at 13-7.
The Wayland-Cohocton girls also enjoyed a great regular season placing second to Dansviille in D-I with a record of 18-2 while the Golden Eagle boys placed third at 12-8.
The top returning runner in this year’s race is Geneseo’s Catherine Staley, who finished second a year ago.
Geneseo cross-country coach Chris Morens says his program is excited to compete this week.
“Counties is one of my favorite races of the year because it is great to see the whole league in one race and it gives our athletes an opportunity to run their best in a large field,” coach Morens said. “It also helps the teams to see what is needed to be tuned up for sectionals. Our boys are ready to gain more experience with championship racing while our girls are looking to put together a strong race to build off of in the upcoming weeks.”
The sectional championships are Saturday, Nov. 4 at Letchworth State Park.