Rush-Henrietta's Mickey Burke knew he was in the front of the pack in the boys seeded varsity AAA race at the McQuaid Invitational, but the senior had no idea that he was on a record-setting pace.
Burke crossed the finish line in 14:25.0 to win the race and break the course record at Genesee Valley Park, which previously stood at 14:35.
"Everyone was yelling at me right in my face," Burke said. "During the race I was just thinking, 'I've got to keep going, got to finally get the win.' To get the record on top of it really puts the icing on the cake, and there's a lot of icing on that cake."
It was the first time Burke took first at the McQuaid Invitational. The senior recently gave a verbal commitment to run for Syracuse University.
In the same race, Irondequoit's Josh Dyrland took third (14:48.2), Hilton's Tyler Ranke took fifth (14:56), McQuaid's Nick Ciolkowski took sixth (15:00.3), Webster Thomas' Keith Johnson took 13th (15:19.9), and McQuaid's Nate Howe took 14th (15:20.4). Thomas finished third as a team.
The Pittsford Mendon boys won the seeded varsity AA race as a team. Jack Wesley led the Vikings with an eighth-place finish (15:32.6), Connor Green finished 13th (15:40.4), Isaac Goodman finished 22nd (16:03.2), Kevin Dooley finished 24th (16:03.9) and Griffin Hess finished 25th (16:04.2). Coach Jason DeJoy said it's the first time the Mendon boys won a race at McQuaid. "They worked together well as a team and they packed it up real well," DeJoy said. "They've been doing what they do in practice all the time. They run together and they're able to do it during the race."
Brighton's Will Ronchetti took second (15:15.2) in the seeded AA race.
Brockport's Autumn Albrecht won the girls unseeded varsity AA-2 race with a time of 18:02.2. Pittsford Sutherland's Mary Visca took second (18:27.2), Churchville-Chili's Anna Kostarellis took third (18:33.0), Brighton's Alexa Campbell took 14th (19:10.0) and Irondequoit's Clara Wagner took 15th (19:18.9).
In the boys unseeded varsity AA-2 race, Victor's Luke Shanahan placed third (15:46.5), Greece Arcadia's Brian Northrup took sixth (15:54.7), Victor's Nathan Yost took seventh (16:01.2), Victor's George Mertens took 10th (16:14.6), and Greece Athena's Tommy Kolaniewicz took 12th (16:15.8). The Arcadia boys won the race with Nick Bentivegna taking 18th (16:29.5), Gavin Caccavale-Brown taking 25th (16:45.5), Derek Smith taking 28th (16:56.2) and Quinton Schill taking 44th (17:12.9). Victor took second as a team.
Marcus Whitman's Audrey Button took second (18:43.6) in the girls unseeded varsity A-2 race.
"It's great to have this competition," she said. "You're so pumped up and ready to go you don't even realize where you are or how fast you're going because you're going with the flow and the pack. It's nice everyone pushes each other."
In the girls seeded varsity AAA race, Penfield's Katie Lembo came in third (17:03.1), Rush-Henrietta's Alex Cooper took ninth (17:26.4), and teammate Siobhan Quinn took 10th (17:27.7). The Webster Thomas girls came in fifth.
Page 2 of 2 - In the boys unseeded varsity AAA-2 race, Irondequoit's Britt Kaukeinen took third (15:53.3) and Penfield's Mike Kozlowski took 13th (16:17.6). The Patriots took fourth as a team.
Harley-Allendale Columbia's Aamir Zain took sixth (16:17.7) in the boys unseeded varsity A-3 race and teammate Russell Hegedorn took 15th (16:47.9).
In the boys unseeded varsity A-2 race, Midlakes' Mitchell Priebe took ninth (16:25.8). The Pal-Mac boys placed fourth as a team.
East Rochester's Jacob Hanss placed 13th (16:10.9) in the boys seeded varsity A race.
The Pittsford Mendon girls finished fourth in the seeded varsity AA race.