East Hampton senior standout Ryan Fowkes, a top-notch runner, found out he isn’t a mudder. Competing in the New York State Class B Cross Country race at Sunken Meadow State Park on Saturday, November 10, Fowkes did not take to the wet, muddy track, went out too fast, and tired late. He placed 72nd overall out of 114 runners in 17:58.8.
Fowkes recovered the next day, winning the Montauk Dock race.
Two Pierson runners competed in the Class C event. Ben McErlean, only a sophomore, completed the Class C boys race in 18:48.4, which placed him 75th out of 131 runners. His teammate, junior Peter Schaefer, finished 116th in 20:12.
Ava Engstrom, an East Hampton sophomore competing in her second consecutive state meet, placed 51st out of 113 runners in her Class B race, crossing the finish line in 20:41.8.