Dzikowicz takes first for AHS cross country, BPHS boys win meet

Amsterdam freshman Trevor Dzikowicz won his second straight Foothills Council varsity boys meet race, but the Broadalbin-Perth boys claimed the team title 24 to 34 on Tuesday afternoon when the Rams and Patriots met at Bob’s Trees in Galway.

Dzikowicz, in his third year at the varsity level with the Rams posted a time of 17 minutes and eight seconds for the top spot, but the next three runners to cross the line were BPHS Patriots. Micah Smith (17:11), Wyatt Couperus (17:19), and Devin Becker (17:22) all finished ahead of the next two Rams’ Daniel Bublak (17:59) and Marcos Santiago (18:11) leading to the win.

“The boys did a good job especially on the second half of the race,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Jeff Richards said. “We’re starting to get healthy at the right time.”

Daniel Dylong (18:34), Evan Smith (18:39), and Damien Brockum (18:44) were the next BPHS runners in line ahead of Amsterdam’s Chaun J Ramos (18:59), and sealed the win.

“We don’t have an elite runner,” Coach Richards said. “We rely on our pack and we were together today.”

Nick Rodecker (24:24), and Tim Kruger (38:45) rounded out the field for an Amsterdam team that continues to get better as the season progresses.

“Chaun J (Rmos), Marcos (Santiago), we all had a good race,” Amsterdam coach Kevin Wilary said. “The kids have done a good job improving. I should see noticeable improvement over the next couple of weeks. They gave it everything they had. B-P had more today.”

Also competing for Broadalbin- Perth were Patrick Nellis (19:15), Preston Hadley (19:29), Antonio Zevola (21:45), Jordan Perna (22:42), Michael Dormond (23:12), and Ryan Gardner (25:24).

Dzikowicz shines at Killian Invitational

Trevor Dzikowicz has been enjoying a banner year for the Amsterdam varsity team. The freshman posted a top ten finish at the highly competitive John Killian Memorial Invitational this past Saturday at Moreau Recreation Park in South Glens Falls. Dzikowicz’s time of 16:17.18 was good for ninth place among some of the top high school runners in the state.

“I was really impressed with how he ran at the invitational.” Coach Kevin Wilary said of Dzikowicz. “He ran against some really good runners and put up a top ten finish. He loves running.”

The Rams also got a top forty finish from Daniel Bublak (17:46.06), and strong efforts from

Marcos Santiago (18:51.78), and Nick Rodecker (24:43.72). Amsterdam ran as an incomplete team.

Schalmont’s Francisco Beltran (15:04.84) was the top overall finisher in the boys varsity race. Guilderland won the team title with 55 points.

BPHS runners excel at Herrmann Invitational

Both the Broadalbin-Perth boys and girls varsity teams turned in impressive performances at the 75th annual E.J. Herrman Cross Country Invitational at Proctor Park in Utica, NY.

The BPHS boys finished tenth with 282 points in the Santo Paniccia Boys Varsity Race. Micah Smith (19:05.50) led the Patriots with a 41st place time. Wyatt Couperus (19:26.70), and Devin Becker (19:37.50) both finished in the top 60. Also competing for BPHS were; Daniel Dylong (20:35.80), Preston Hadley (21:41.70), Evan Smith (22:08.30), Antonio Zevola (23:13.70), Jordan Perna (24:27.00), and Jeff Shlomovich (24:33.00).

The Lady Patriots finished seventh with 210 points in the John Convertino Girls Varsity Race. Junior Gabrielle Larsen (21:52.9) finished 20th overall to lead the BPHS girls varsity. Samantha Murphy (22:03.4), and Mackenzie Dezolt (23:27.2) also posted top 50 times. Also competing for Broadalbin- Perth were Sarah Larsen (24:08.1), Jessie Brooks (25:56.2), and Brooke McClarren (44:05.4).

Joseph Santiago leads Amsterdam modified boys

Joseph Santiago posted a time of 10 minutes and 20 seconds to finish third overall in the boys modified race on Tuesday. Kai Brennan (10:43.80), was fourth in the boys race, and Justin Santiago (11:16) was fifth for Amsterdam.

Connor Couperus (9:29) was the top overall finisher to lead the Patriots. Robert Carr (9:50) was second overall for BPHS. Aiden Snyder (11:47), Thomas Holland (12:36), and Gabe Leone (12:42.82) also completed the course for the Patriots.

The boys and girls modified races in the Foothills Council are run at the same time. Modified runners only complete one lap around the course. Varsity runners complete two laps.

Amsterdam at Grout Invitational on Saturday

The Amsterdam boys and girls cross country teams will be running in the 79th annual Grout Invitational at Schenectady’s Central Park on Saturday, October 7. The modified races are slated to begin at 9am, and the varsity races scheduled to start before 1pm.

Amsterdam returns to Foothills Council action on Tuesday at Johnstown High School for the final league dual meet. Start time is slated for 4:15pm.

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.