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Sports > High School >> Cross Country/Track

Federation Cross-Country Championships

New York's finest: Monticello harriers to vie against the best of the best

Nov 21, 2019

By Richard A. Ross - reporter/photographer

Monticello's Steve Bello, Brandon Mancroni and Evan Waterton were part of Section 9's winning Class B boys team at the NYSPHSAA championships. Bello and Waterton medaled and will move on to vie in the Federation Race against the elite runners from NYC's Public-School Athletic League (PSAL), Catholic Schools Athletic League (CHSAAA) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS) at the Federation Championships held at Bowdoin Park this Saturday.
WAPPINGERS FALLS -- To get to compete at the NYSPHSAA Cross-Country Championship last weekend was an honor so many harriers dream of. But to medal at that meet against such elite competition by finishing in the top 20 of your race is an even bigger dream come true.
Monticello's Steve Bello and Evan Waterton did just that with Bello taking 9th (15:08) and Waterton 17th (15:13). They were part of the Section's victorious Class B boys' team that was victorious against the other ten sections at the state meet.
The Section 9 Class B boys team was comprised of 12 runners from the following schools: Mount Academy's seven runners, Monticello's trio that included Brandon Mancroni who finished 47th (15:48) and Goshen and New Paltz which had one harrier each.
The Federation race features the best harriers from the NYSPHAA race as well as the elite runners from NYC's Public-School Athletic League (PSAL), the Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAAA) and the New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS).
It truly codifies the best runners of the entire state. Going into the race Bello is seeded 37th and Waterton is seeded 70th.
The girls race is at 12:15 p.m., followed by the boys race at 1 p.m.
Monticello Cross-Country coach Rick Sternkopf noted, “I am beyond proud of our four athletes including freshman Taina DeJesus who qualified for the Cross-Country Championships this past weekend. She finished 83rd (11th freshman) in 19:56. Now for Steve and Evan, I am really excited for them to run this weekend. They earned themselves another race, and we are looking to add two more medals to an already successful season. After training on the course today, Steve and Evan both seem comfortable going into this weekend. We look to get out fast and run smart through the ‘Hilly' 2nd Mile of the course.”
See the November 26 issue of the Sullivan County Democrat to see how they did.

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