T.J. Hornberger was the runner-up a year ago in the Class B race of the New York State Public High Schools Cross Country Championships at Elma Meadows.
The Lake Shore senior did one better Saturday at Queensbury High near Glens Falls, winning the Class B title in 15:16.3 and finishing fifth overall in the field of 482 boys runners over the 3.1-mile course.
Hope Pietrocarlo, a sophomore from Maple Grove, won the girls Class D championship in 18:29.5 and was 36th overall.
Sophia Tasselmyer, a Starpoint sophomore, was the top Section VI girls finisher overall. She was eighth (17:54.9) among the field of 472 and finished second in Class B, an improvement over her fifth-place performance in her class a year ago.
The runners raced in 37-degree temperatures over a dry course, conditions that suited Hornberger just fine.
“I love cold weather running,” said Hornberger, who estimated that he took the lead about 2 miles into the race.
“It’s probably the best thing I’ve ever done in cross country,” said Hornberger, who began running in seventh grade and will continue in college at Syracuse next year.
Hornberger admitted he was wary of Brian Cook of Pearl River, who finished one place behind him in Class B a year ago. Saturday, Cook was third again in Class B. Ryan Udvadia of Shoreham Wading River was second.
Daniel Huben of Clarence was 16th overall in 15:28.5 and 13th among runners in Class A.
Sophomore Owen Barber of Allegany-Limestone was ninth in Class C in 16:08.2 and 77th overall.
Corey Wefing of Maple Grove was seventh after his fifth place a year ago among Class D runners and was 87th overall in 16:12.5.
For the girls, Marissa Saenger of Clarence finished eighth among Class A runners (17:58.1) and 11th overall.
Other top ten finishers from Western New York girls was senior Marta McLaughlin of East Aurora, who was ninth in Class B (18.21.9) and 28th overall.
In overall boys team scoring, Clarence was 11th overall and sixth in Class A with 319 points. Overall, Sweet Home was 18th, Barker 23rd and Alden 31st.
Among the girls, East Aurora was sixth overall and third in Class B. Overall, Clarence was 17th, Maple Grove 21st and Akron 27th.
Tasselmyer led Section VI to first place in Class B. Pietrocarlo led the sectional team to second in Class D.
The overall winners were Bryce Millar, a junior from Fayetteville-Manlius (15:06.3) in the boys and Megan Reilly, a sophomore from Warwick Valley (17:23.5) in the girls. Millar won by only three-tenths of a second over junior Mike Brannigan of Northport.
Fayetteville-Manlius swept both the boys and girls overall team championships with three top 10 finishes in each race.