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Tri-Valley's Adam Furman wins again; first sub 15:00 in 20 years

Richard A. Ross
Posted 10/25/22

BEAR MOUNTAIN – “The Bears went over the mountain and what do you think they saw?” 

Answer: A history-making first place finish by Adam Furman (14:57.50) who notched the …

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Tri-Valley's Adam Furman wins again; first sub 15:00 in 20 years

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BEAR MOUNTAIN – “The Bears went over the mountain and what do you think they saw?” 

Answer: A history-making first place finish by Adam Furman (14:57.50) who notched the first sub-15-minute time in the past 20 years of the OCIAA Championships. His school and county record time places him as the 17th fastest runner in the race’s history. And oh yes, it was his second straight victory in the event, the only Tri-Valley boy to have won it since the school joined the Orange County League. 

Last year his winning time was 15:42.1. This time out Furman eclipsed Monroe-Woodbury’s Colin Gilstrap (15:01.10) and Collin Catherwood (15:11.20), two runners who tried in vain to catch him. M-W did win the team title with a combined scored of 24. But “rinky-dink” Tri-Valley, a nickname coined by former coach and AD Joe Iatauro, took second with a score of 71, finishing ahead of all other schools big and small. 

Chip Furman, Adam’s dad and coach continues to be impressed by his son’s achievements. “Last week at Burnt Hills was the hardest I’ve ever seen him race.” 

Adam was ecstatic: “I was so happy with my time, it’s one of the top times on this course. I was happy with my Burnt Hills performance but I’m even happier with this. I’m thinking I’ve got to be close to number one in the state.” 

He is, now holding the fastest three-mile time in the Empire State and on track to attain his primary goal this fall, a state title not just for the team (again), but an individual crown to add to his treasure trove of medals, trophies, ribbons and smiles. 

Adam wasn’t the only Bear beaming with pride. His younger brother Van, a sophomore finished fourth in the race in 15:59.10. At this stage of his growth spurt, Van still is developing the strength to propel him to a fast start. He was about 60th at the first turn of the cone but picked off runners with his quick turnover to capture fourth in the field of 135 runners. Van is eclipsing Adam’s times from his younger running days and next year when Adam has moved on, he will ascend even further when all the present seniors graduate. 

The third Bear of note is Adam’s eighth grade sister Anna, who finished third in the girls race in 18:41.40. By far the most relaxed of the Furman trio, she runs for the sheer fun of it. Needless to say, there was no one close to race winner Karrie Baloga of Cornwall (16:33.40). Baloga is not only the top runner in NYS, but she is ranked second in the nation to Abbey Necklicki from Minnesota. The two will attend the University of Colorodo in the fall. 

Furman’s coaches Tyler Eckhoff and Skylar Musa have no intention of heaping heavy workouts on her lest she becomes just another burnt out runner who was pushed too far and too fast. 

Anna recapped the race: “In the beginning there were some other girls in front of me but once I reached the hill, I really pushed it. In the end it was worth it.” 

The rest of the T-V boys’ team had a superb performance overall. Craig Costa finished 13th in 16:40.40. Thomas Houghtaling was 25th in 17:16.00. Dayne Wall took 42nd in 18:12.50 and Connor Weyant was 47th in 18:19.10. In the girls race the Lady Bears finished 12th overall behind 11th place Monticello. Brynn Poley finished 54th in 22:32.80. Lily Siciliano was 79th (24:15.20), Delanie Hoffman came in 85th. Chrissy Wachter rounded out the top five in 107th place with a time of 26:35.20. 

Boys results: Sullivan County top 100 finishers: 1. Adam Furman (T-V) 14:57.50; 4. Van Furman (T-V) 15:58.10; 13. Craig Costa (T-V) 16:40.90; 25. Thomas Houghtaling (T-V) 17:16.00; 28. Vincent Mingo (T-V) 17:29.40; 29. Landon Volpe (SW) 17:37.00; 41. Bobby Pape-Laucella (M) 18:10.10; 42. Dayne Wall (T-V) 18:12.50; 47. Connor Weyant (T-V) 18:19.10; 55. Frankie Giorgianni (M) 18:36.00; 58. Dominic Giorgianni (M) 18:40.50; 63. Irvin Oestrich (M) 18:47.10; 76. Isiah Hershewsky (F) 19:01.50; 78. Ryan Zempoaltecatl (F) 19:06.70; 79. William Burns (M) 19:09.20; 88. Daniel Seminario (M) 19:73.30; 96. Anthony Hicks (LM) 19:44.00.

Girls results: Sullivan County top 100 finishers: 3. Anna Furman (T-V) 18:41.40: 32. Nataly Zempoaltecatl (F) 21:39.60; 39. Taina DeJesus (M) 21:53.60; 50. Diya Patel (M) 22:20.60; 54. Brynn Poley (T-V) 22:32.80; 57. Gisella King (F) 22:40.20; 58. Kaitlyn Morse (M) 22:47.10; 65: Abby Morse (M) 23:08.30; 68. Layla Wilkin (SW) 23:25.90; 77. Adisyn Somers (M) 24:11.60; 79. Lily Siciliano (T-V) 24:15.20; 83. Regan Kizer (Eld) 24:35.10. 85. Delanie Hoffman (T-V) 24:38.00. 91. Hannah Titus (M) 25:04.80; 93. Joslyn Odell-Schreier (F) 25:21.80; 96. Jones Jordan (LM) 25:28.00; 97. Nevaeha Jones (LM) 25:32.70.

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