NEW HARTFORD — Eva Borton couldn't help but crack a smile.
The selfless and accomplished Clinton runner won her third straight New Hartford Invitational individual title Saturday at Perry Junior High School.
Borton grinned graciously, however, when her team's winning score was reiterated to her.
"It was pretty cool," said Borton, who owns many school records and went to states in cross-country and track last year. "I think the entire team (set person records)."
Clinton placed three in the top four to capture the overall and small schools girls title with 39 points. New Hartford (60) was the large school winner and runner-up.
"We're seeing a lot of leadership from different areas," Clinton head coach Norm Deep said.
Individually, Borton won comfortably with a time of 18:29.1. She ran smoothly uphill and faster downhill to pull away. No one was around her by the halfway point.
"My race was gonna be the same whether I had people around me or not," Borton said.
"She's very methodical about her training. ... She follows her plan to a T," Deep said.
Harvey, a freshman, was the runner-up (19:38). Remsen freshman Jade Dening (20:59.9) took the third spot ahead of Clinton senior Taylor Highers (21:13.1). West Canada Valley freshman Madilyn Connor (21:18.2) rounded out the top five.
In the boys race, temperatures in the mid-80s caused New Hartford junior Josh Farmer to run a slower race, but he still was able to capture his second straight individual title at 16:08.5.
Farmer had the lead by a few paces at the halfway mark, creating even more separation as he ran up the hill behind the scoreboard.
"The whole JV team and girls (varsity) team was there. They took me to a whole 'nother level," Farmer said.
Adirondack sophomore Tyler Fauvelle ran the fastest small schools time and took second overall at 16:33.6. Oriskany junior Sam Sharlow (16:42.1), Clinton senior Andy Ford (17:09.2) and Camden senior Tim Cook (17:11.2) rounded out the top five.
New Hartford also won the overall and large school boys title with 40 points. Camden (85) took second. Clinton (112) took the small schools title and third overall.
"We just gotta represent and have some fun," Farmer said.
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