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HEATHER IATAURO, WHO is seen here crossing the finish line at last month’s OCIAA Championships, won her second state title on Saturday.

Heather Iatauro
Hits Her Stride

By Rob Potter
RUSHVILLE — November 11, 2003 – For the second time in her stellar scholastic running career, Tri-Valley’s Heather Iatauro is a state champion.
Iatauro, a senior, won the Class D title on Saturday at the New York State Public School championship meet at Marcus Whitman High School in Rushville. She ran the 3.1-mile course in a time of 19:16, which was five seconds ahead of second place finisher Emily Fung of Argyle, a Section II school.
Iatauro, who passed Fung in the last 500 meters of the race, also won a state championship in 2000 when she was a freshman. Iatauro has also won six consecutive Section IX Class D titles.
She was one of several county runners who competed at the state meet.
Sullivan West had seven athletes participating in the girls’ Class C race. Amanda Ward led the Lady Bulldogs with a time of 21:25, which earned her 26th place. She was closely followed by teammates Jamie Clifford (31st, 21:33), Jessica Wagner (44th, 21:47), April Ackermann (51st, 22:09) and Michelle Manzi (72nd, 22:44).
Lady Bulldogs Moselle DiPane and Ashley Relyea finished 91st and 112th, respectively. DiPane ran the course in 23:21 and Relyea posted a time of 25:36.
As a team, SW earned 119 points and placed fifth in the Class C standings.
In the girls’ Class D race, Tri-Valley’s Courtney Roosa and Erin Beach finished among the top 60 runners. Roosa was 52nd in a time of 22:17 and Beach was 55th in 22:23.
Four local runners participated in the boys’ events.
Sullivan West’s Michael Van Wagenen and Rob Ward ran in the boys’ Class C race. Van Wagenen placed 30th in 18:06 and Ward was 54th in 18:36.
In the boys’ Class D event, T-V’s Travis Wolfe finished 10th and teammate Jeremy Mathsen was 72nd. Wolfe posted a time of 17:26, while Mathsen ran the course in 19:04.

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