Purple Tornado compete at McQuaid Invitational

Robert Jeffery

Sun Sports Contributor


ROCHESTER – For the majority of New York State cross-country fanatics, the season came to a fever pitch at the incredibly competitive and nationally recognized McQuaid Jesuit Invitational.

For those who are commonly unfamiliar with cross-country racing circles, McQuaid has played host to this spectacle of a cross-country event for the better half of the last 53 years. But remarkably so, each year brings out the best, brightest and fiercest competition New York, it’s accompanying border states, and Canada has to offer.

Let’s jump right into it the day of races that occurred on Saturday, September 30.

In the sixth race of the day, the Norwich Purple Tornado boys varsity team ran in Small Schools Boys Unseeded A-2 race. Emerging from the tightly packed field of 297 athletes, Noah Bufalini claimed the top spot for Norwich running to a time of 17:11.4, placing 50th over the relatively flat three-mile course. O’rion Slater was the next subsequent Tornado to cross the finish line, finishing 80th in a time of 17:42.2. The third runner finishing the race for the Tornado was Stanton Baker, emerging among the assortment of colored singlets blurring past towards the finish line for a 117th placement in a time of 18:10. NHS’ John Matlack-Grey proved to be the fourth Tornado runner on the day to cross the tape, finishing with a time of 18:54 for 168th place. The fifth Tornado harrier to complete the scoring was senior Zayn Harper. Harper navigated his way to a 219th finish with a time of 19:26. Jacob Russell serving as one of the two Norwich displacement runners placed 235th for a time of 19:51, and fellow teammate Andrew Meccariello was ten spots behind for 245th, finishing with a time of 20:04. Out of the complete teams within the race, the Purple Tornado placed 23 out of a monstrous 39 school field.

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