Saratoga High School Cross Country Teams Sweep Suburban Council Meet
The Saratoga cross country program made it a clean sweep in the Suburban Council meet in Spa State Park on Saturday. Both the boys’ and the girls’ teams won their events. It’s the eighth time in the program’s history that has happened.
The girls and boys teams with coaches Linda and Art Kranick
It was the first league meet win since 2005 for the boys. Freshman Aidan Tooker, who is so slight of build that it might seem a light breeze could hold him back, was the first Blue Streak to cross the finish line. He came in fourth overall with a time of 15:43.46. It’s the fastest time ever for a Saratoga freshman.
Saratoga's Aidan Tooker at the finish line
“He’s a young kid with a big heart and a lot of guts,” says Saratoga coach Linda Kranick. “He did a good job today, and he’s got a good future.”
Tooker says it was a great day for a run. “The weather was amazing, and the course was really nice.”
Tooker says the team’s strategy always stays the same – to work together and support each other. “It’s a big team sport, so we need to support each other during the race.” And they do that in part by talking to each other, especially in the middle part of the course. “We say c’mon, let’s go, you need to get your head back into this, or you’re doing awesome. Just general things, encouragement.”
Four of the team’s seven runners made it into the top ten. Besides Tooker coming in fourth, senior Evan Quinones finished sixth, followed closely by juniors Brent Freestone in seventh and another freshman, Gavin J. Gaynor, who came in eighth. Senior Travis Briggs finished 11th.
Saratoga's Quinones, Freestone, Gaynor (from the left)
The girls did equally well, also taking four of the top ten spots. But two of the girls finished back-to-back at first and second.
Saratoga's Taylor Driscoll being applauded by the crowd
Taylor Driscoll finished first, with a time of 17:29.56, while Keelin Hollowood was just 13 seconds behind.
Saratoga's Keelin Hollowood
Driscoll says everyone was feeling really good before the race. “We took it out really fast, and just maintained it. I felt good, strong.”
A pre-race pep talk including Spencer Hayes (light blue shirt) and Shania Hayward
The Saratoga boys finished with 36 points, well ahead of second place Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake with 97. Shenendehowa was third with 100 points. On the girls side, the Blue Streaks had 28 points to outdistance Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake with 63 Guilderland was third with 112 points and Shenendehowa was fourth with 125 points.
Girls Results: 28 team points
1. Taylor Driscoll, Senior, 17:29.56
2. Keelin Hollowood, Senior, 17:42.96
4. Olivia Morrow, Freshman, 17:50.49
8. Sarah Morin, Junior, 17:50.49
13. Madeline Samuel, Senior, 18:47.54
17. Spencer Hayes, Sophomore, 18:47.54
37. Shania Hayward, Junior, 18:47.54
Boys Results: 36 team points
4. Aidan Tooker, Freshman, 15:43.46
6. Evan Quinones, Senior, 15:43.46
7. Brent Freestone, Junior, 15:43.46
8. Gavin J. Gaynor, Freshman, 15:54.49
11. Travis Briggs, Senior, 15:54.49
15. Jay Navin, Junior, 15:54.49
21. Joe Verro, Junior, 15:54.49
Some tired fans
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