NHS and UV XC compete at Owego Invitational

Robert Jeffrey

Sun Sports Contributor


OWEGO – At the always uphill and challenging Owego invitational, the parallels and transformations between two rival sports is always an incredible spectacle to watch.

With the meet held at the Pheasant Hill Golf Course, where golfers normally drive, chip, and putt their way to victory – the polar opposite was held this past Saturday, September 23, on a balmy early morning.

Out of the 20 complete teams competing at the meet, the Purple Tornado boys finished 17 with a score of 421. If not for the deciding factor from Tioga’s sixth runner who split the tie between the two teams, the NHS crew would’ve moved up into the 16 spot. Starting the scoring off for Norwich was O’rion Slater who placed 57, navigating the 5 kilometer course with a time of 19:23.9. Stanton Baker was the next to finish the race with a time of 20:30.2, proving good for an 84 place finish. Noah Bufalini and Zayn Harper had back-to-back finishes with Bufalini coming in at 98 with a time of 21:06, and Harper following in hot pursuit timing 21:10 for 99. John Matlack-Grey was the final Tornado trooper to cross the tape, braving the less than ideal racing conditions with a time of 21:53 for the 119 finish out of the 146 total competitors.

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