Brett Russell, Jared Hecht and Sonya Krezmien all earned spots in the New York State cross country championships with performances in the Section 6 state qualifier Friday at Knox Farm in East Aurora.
Led by Russell and Hecht, the Springville boys team finished second among all Class C schools in the section, and first under Class C1. Russell was second overall in Class C at 16:45.81 and Hecht took fourth (17:04.21).
Also for the SGI boys, senior Zackary Peterman finished strong with a 10th-place finish (17:48.13). Mikey Evans was 33rd (18:41.85), Nathan Myers 37th (18:50.45), Austin Yetter 44th (19:05.87) and Casey Waterman 60th (19:48.75).
The Springville girls team took seventh in Class C (third in C1). Krezmien finished third in the class (20:24.08) and qualified for the state championships. Teammate Hannah Goetz was close behind in sixth at 20:38.91.
Also for the SGI girls, Evelyn Smith was 41st (23:55.46), Jaime Dickinson 52nd (24:29.77), Abigail Fruehauf 95th (27:11.01) and Linnell Anderson 103rd (29:07.47).
The state championships are set for Saturday in Plattsburgh.