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One of the most brilliant of the many Manhattans
Gras - 12:17.1 breaks John Trautman's 18-year-old meet
Nicole Blood - 14:17.8 leads Saratoga
girls to first sub-15:00 average team time. Saratoga,
ranked US#2 in the Sept
22 Harrier rankings, scored 56 points to beat US#19 Argyle 87 and
US#17 Bay Shore 120.
Shenendehowa NY boys - 12:58.7
team average is a meet record for the US#5 ranked team.
and Pix - Complete results on ArmoryTrack.com
|Nicole Blood -
Saratoga break its 1996 record of 15:10.12 for best average team time.
leads Ahmed Haji to finish
photos by John Nepolitan
NY boys, with meet director Ed Bowes (L)
The top three girls teams in the Race of Champions at the Great American
Cross Country Festival in Cary NC Sept 27 were all from New York, and
they will run a rematch in the Girls Eastern States Championship as part
of the Manhattan Invitational at
Van Cortlandt Park, New York City this Saturday (10/11). The three teams
are Saratoga NY (ranked 2nd in the US by The
Harrier), US#19 Argyle, and US#17 Bay Shore.
Saratoga's Nicole Blood won the Great American ROC, Bay
Shore's Laura Cummings was third, Saratoga's Lindsay
Ferguson was fourth, and Argyle's Emily Fung and
Caitlin Lane were 5th and 7th.
Boys varsity races are balanced, with strong teams spread across the
seven races between 1:12 pm and 2:24 pm. Some leading boys teams are US#5
Shenendehowa (Varsity A race), Northeast #10 Warwick Valley (A), Cherokee
NJ (B), University City CA (C), Northeast #7 Northport NY (D), US#24 Brookwood
GA (D), St. John's Prep MA (E), Midlothian VA (E), Bishop Hendricken RI
(E), US#8 Mainland NJ (F), NYC #1 Monsignor Farrell NY (F), LaSalle PA
(F - winner of small school race at Great American)
- 2002 - the
mud was the story of the day, but it didn't stop Nicole Blood and Brendan
Fennell from turning in stellar performances. Blood leads Saratoga girls
24 to 89-point margin in Eastern States Girls Championship. Shenendehowa
NY boys 13:15.8 had fastest average boys time. (top boys teams are spread
across seven varsity races, so there is no head to head team winner).
Patchin, after tripping and belly flopping in the stretch, got
an honorary medal from meet director Ed Bowes.
- 2001 - Meet
is an emotional affirmation of New York and American spirit, just one
month after the September 11 World Trade Center attack. Brian Dalpiaz
and Tracy Brauksiek are the fastest runners of the day. Saratoga NY
girls win Eastern States. Old Bridge NJ is a split second winner of
fastest boys team time over Bishop Hendricken RI and St. John's MA.
- 2000 - Julia
Pudlin's "one last burst" catches Erin Donohue at the finish
(below). Saratoga's deep squad wins varsity girls by 88 points
and scores perfect 15 in both JV races. Charles Millieon NY and Austin
Smith VA share fastest boys time of the day, 12:35. Danbury CT boys
13:19.3 have fastest team average.
- Colonie NY girls edge Saratoga 59-61. Laurel Burdick NY and John Huber
NY are fastest individuals of the day.