Dzikowicz leads AHS boys cross country team in Foothills opener

Trevor Dzikowicz ran to a second place finish on Tuesday afternoon at Indian Meadows Park. The Scotia-Glenville boys came away with a 19-42 victory, but Dzikowicz showed he has the ability to run with the best in the league.

“He’s improved a lot,” Amsterdam coach Kevin Wilary said of Dzikowicz. “Trevor worked out during the summer doing a lot of running and triathlons. He came into the season stronger and in great shape. He’s only a freshman but he’s been running at this level for years.”

At only fourteen, Dzikowicz appears ready to take on the task of being a front runner for the Rams. On Tuesday he battled Tartans top runner Nate Tabbert stride for stride for most of the race before Tabbert managed to put some distance between the two of them as they were leaving the wooded part of the course. Just like in the girls race earlier in the day, the Scotia- Glenville boys knew when to make their move.

“I’m very happy with my race,” Dzikowicz said. “I wish I could have kept up with him, but coming out of the woods he just took off on me.”

Tabbert crossed the line in first at 16:20 followed by Dzikowicz with a time of 16:33. The next six runners were all Tartans with Ryan Bruce (16:36) in third followed by Kyle Ostrander (16:37), Alex Tebbano (16:53), Noah Greski (17:07), Nick Swain (17:22), and Jacob Leaper (17:35). The lead pack of Scotia- Glenville runners set a torrid pace making it difficult for the their opponents on a hot late summer afternoon.

“It felt really fast as we left the start,” Dzikowicz said. “A lot better than Saturday (Fort Plain Invitational).”

Dan Bublak (18:10) was next across the line for Amsterdam in ninth place. Marcos Santiago (19:03) rounded out the top ten for the Rams. Nick Rodecker (24:24) came in 18th, and Tim Kruger (32:50) completed the field for Amsterdam, who with only five runners had enough to score, but felt the strain of being a little short handed.

“We did alright,” Coach Wilary said. “We lost a couple of kids before the season started, so we don’t have a big team. It’s hard when you have only five guys, everybody has to have a good day.”

Amsterdam will get a boost when they get a sixth man up and running. Chaun J’ Ramos, who ran last year for the Rams program will be eligible to run soon.

“I’m looking for us to improve over the next couple of meets,” Coach Wilary said.

The Rams will need the stamina to stay strong in an always competitive Foothills Council season. Dzikowicz used some extra measures to his workout over the summer to stay in shape. Running, biking and swimming were all part of his routine.

“One thing that really helped me was doing triathlons,” Dzikowicz said. “That helped me build extra endurance.”

Rounding out the field for Scotia-Glenville were Ethan Hodge (19:59), Sam Whitehead (20:00), Tyler Hanhurst (20:23), Michael Pino (20:50), Laif Lundstrom (21:28), Shaun Meyer (23:01), Aidan Winters-Bona (24:08), Ayden Keith (25:50), and Nick DiDonato (32:55).

The Amsterdam boys return to action with a home meet on Tuesday, September 26 against Gloversville at Bob’s Trees in Galway. Start time for the meet is scheduled for 4:15pm.

The Amsterdam modified boys team is running in the Galway Invitational on Saturday, also at Bob’s Trees. Start time is set for 9am.

Scott Mulford

Scott Mulford has been covering local sports for over 20 years. He previously wrote for the Amsterdam Star and The Free Press of the Mohawk Valley.