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2018-10-18 / Sports

Depew cross-country teams running well

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI Reporter

The Depew cross-country teams have both split their meets so far this season. Both the boys and girls teams are 2-2 through four meets and putting forth some solid efforts.

The boys team has been led by junior Dean Godios, who has finished first in every dual meet he’s been in this season. He’s also placed well at invitationals and is hoping to qualify for the New York State Championship meet this season.

“We’re running very well,” Depew coach Joe Franjoine said. “Everyone on the team is working hard. Dean Godios is really doing well. He took fourth place at the Alden Invitational. He’s working hard to get a spot on the state team. Right now, he’s running ahead of pretty much everyone in the small schools. He hasn’t been beaten in a dual meet yet.”

Other solid runners on the boys team have been Steven Paolini, senior Kyle Luangpakdy and seventh-grader CJ Kanick.

“Steven is running well and beating his personal-best times. He’s been great as our captain,” Franjoine said. “Kyle has been doing well. He’s been contributing and running his best times. We expect a lot from CJ in the future. He’s been sick, but he’s making a good comeback.”

The girls team has been led by 11th-grader Juliana LaBruna, who is a captain.

“She’s been running well,” Franjoine said. “She’s been contributing to the team. She’s a team leader and a captain. She’s been leading the team in the classroom and on the running on the courses.”

Freshman Kaitlin Whalen has also been a rock-solid runner for the Lady Wildcats this year.

“She’s really coming on now,” Franjoine said. “She’s had a slow start, but she did well at the Alden Invitational. We’re expecting her to finish strong.”

Other top runners for the team have been Isabelle Myles, Julia Durham, Addison Smaczniak and eighth-grader Jessica Palmisano.

“Isabelle has been working hard and beating her personal best times. She’s leading by example,” Franjoine said. “Jessica is a sprinter in track, so she started to do cross-country to get in good condition of the track season. She’s been coming along as well as Isabelle and Addison.”

The postseason is rapidly approaching for both teams. The ECIC meet will take place next Saturday and the Sectional Championship meet will be the week after that.

“We hope to get some All-Stars; they do All-Stars for the top 14,” Franjoine said. “Dean could be running right up there. If things go right, he could be one of the first males in the small school. He’s running very well right now. Our boys and girls teams should be getting together by then.”

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