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Albany rolls to championship
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ALBANY - The Albany boys cross country team had one chance to run in front of the squad's home fans, and the Comets put on a display Saturday at the 17th annual Baertschi Invitational.

Albany placed five runners in the top 15 to outdistance Poynette, 44-62 for the small schools title.

"They get one opportunity to show the home community what they are about," Albany coach Tony Brewer said of his team, who qualified for state last year, but have just one home cross country meet. "Right now they are on a roll. Right now, they are not just talking, they are backing it up. They want to keep it together and get better."

Albany sophomore Reece Whitehead finished fourth (18:05) and junior Drew Mather was sixth (18:09).

"Our goal for the team was to win the meet," Whitehead said. "I didn't expect it. I'm glad. We kind of did it for our coach."

Albany senior Tyler Conley took eighth (18:33) and freshman Johnny Kallgren was 11th (18:45). Fellow freshman Jose Ramirez took 19th (19:02) and junior Trent Kuebli finished 19th (19:18).

Pecatonica-Argyle took seventh in the small school race out of nine teams. The Vikings were paced by junior Chris James, who finished ninth with a time of (18:35) and sophomore Wyatt Massey (18:52). The Vikings had two other runners emerge and crack the top 50. Freshman Marcus Rubio finished 45th (21:07) and freshman Cody James was 49th (21:22).

The Albany boys cross country team is seeking a third straight conference title.

"They want to three-peat and they are putting in the work to do it," Brewer said.