Empower Federal Credit Union School Challenge Awards

(Aug. 8, 2013)

August 7, 2013 (Utica, NY)- The Boilermaker Road Race is pleased to award the traveling trophies in the Seventh Annual Empower Federal Credit Union 5K School Challenge to Sauquoit Valley High School Girls' Team who successfully defended its title as the reigning 5K Champion. The Sauquoit Valley Girls' Team has won the Empower Federal Credit Union 5K Challenge since its inception. This year, the New Hartford Boys' Team defeated the six time champions the Sauquoit Valley Boys' Team.

Team scoring was based on the average Carbone 5K Race finishing time of the first five girls' team finishers and the first five boys' team finishers. The Sauquoit Girls Team won with a combined time of 1:56:55, and a combined time of 23:23, followed by the New Hartford Girls Team. The New Hartford Boys' Team won with a combined time of 1:35:57, a combined average time of 19:12, followed by the Sauquoit Valley Boys' Team.

Plaques were awarded to the first five girls from the Sauquoit Valley Team (Gianna Latella from Cassville and Andrea George, Renee Henck, Hayley Mielnicki, Mia Salvatore all from Sauquoit) and the first five boys from the New Hartford Team (Kelan McKenna, Ian McKenna, John Maciag, Nicholas Lemire all from New Hartford and Kenneth Burdick of Sauquoit).

In the Sixth Annual Empower Federal Credit Union 15K School Challenge, New Hartford Central School won both the boys' and girls' trophies. Team scoring was based on the average 15K Race finishing time of the first five boys' team finishers and the first five girls' team finishers. The New Hartford Girls' Team successfully defended their title with a combined time of 6:23:40, and a combined average time of 1:16:44, followed by the Whitesboro Girls' Team. The New Hartford Boys' Team won with a combined time of 5:39:17, and a combined average time of 1:07:52, next place team was the Holland Patent Boys' Team. 

Plaques were awarded to the first five girls (Kimberly Wrate, Samantha Hollister, Samantha Madden, Lanika Sanders all of New Hartford and Whitney Petralia of Utica) and the first five boys (Blake Haddad of Frankfort, Sammy Cittadino of Utica, Forrest Sears of Sauquoit, Sean McKenna and Adam Zogby, both of New Hartford).

Whitesboro Central School was awarded the Highest Percentage of Participation Award with 4.18% of the student body participating in either the Boilermaker 15K or the Carbone 5K Races. New Hartford Central School finished second with a participation of 4.06%.

The following schools were eligible to participate in the Empower Federal Credit Union School Challenge: Adirondack Central, Brookfield Central, Camden Central, Canastota, Clinton Central, Cooperstown, Dolgeville, Frankfort-Schuyler, Hamilton, Herkimer, Holland Patent, Ilion, Little Falls, Madison, Mount Markham, Mohawk, Morrisville-Eaton, New Hartford, New York Mills, Notre Dame, Old Forge, Oneida, Oriskany, Owen D. Young, Poland, Thomas R. Proctor, Remsen, Richfield Springs, Rome Catholic, Rome Free Academy, Sauquoit Valley, South Lewis, Vernon- Verona Sherrill, Waterville, West Canada Valley, Westmoreland and Whitesboro. Each runner had to be a full time student between grades 7-12 as of June 1, 2013 or a 2013 graduate of the school they attended.
 

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