The varsity boys cross country team picked up its first seeded race win at the McQuaid Invitational in more than 25 years last weekend.

This popular invitational is held in Rochester, NY and is the largest held east of the Mississippi River with over 7,000 runners from all over the country coming to compete in various races.

Despite the mud and rain the Picker boys team won the Small School Seeded race with 116 points, out-running 22 other teams for the top spot.

Leading the way with a 5th place over all finish was North East High School junior Ryan Smathers finishing in a time of 15:46.  Senior, Ben McAuley was 2nd man in for the harriers with a 16th place finish and a time of 16:36. 

Freshman standout Gary Olson finished in 25th and senior, Doug Drab finished right behind in 28th place. Jacob Miller and Tyler Giesen finished out the varsity roster in 46th and 60th places respectively.

In the junior varsity boys’ race, freshman Ryan Anderson had a nice race finishing in 6th place overall. Bill Macaulay finished tough in 16th place.

The JV boys race hosted almost 23 full teams and 250 runners.   

The girls cross country team also ran in the Small School Seeded Race finishing in 9th place.

Anné Lewis finished in 17th place with a time of 19:44. Alex Artise finished 37th with a time of 20:25.

Emma Verdonik, Shelbee Messenger and Leah Fails also running nice races,  finished in 48th, 51st and 63rd places respectively. 

Finishing out the roster for the varsity girls  were freshman Rachel Prather and senior Alia Clark.

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