Cross country: Streaks seek back-to-back titles
The Saratoga Springs High School boys’ cross country team will be seeking its second consecutive Class A title today when the New York state championships are held at Queensbury High School.
Opening ceremonies begin at 8:45 a.m., with the first race scheduled to go off at 9.
The Blue Streaks, led by Jay Navin, held off Fayetteville-Manlius by a single point to win the “A” crown last season. Navin, then a junior, placed 14th overall.
It will be a little different this year. Navin is back, but the Blue Streaks are now led by sophomore Aidan Tooker, who won the Section II Class A championship in 15:43.13. Tooker placed 18th overall in the state meet last year.
Other runners who placed in the top 50 at states for Saratoga last year, and who will be running again today, are senior Brent Freestone (39th) and sophomore Gavin Gasynor (46th).
Senior Mickey Burke of Rush-Henrietta (Section V) placed second overall last season and is expected to duel with Bryce Millar of Fayetteville-Manlous for the individual title today. Millar is ranked No. 1 in New York state, with Burke holding down the No. 2 spot.
Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons won the Class B title last year, but the Golden Knights graduted the majority of runners who were responsible for winning the title.
The girls’ competition is wide-open, as 12 of the top 13 overall finishers last year were underclassmen, including Megan Reilly of Warwick (Section X), who won the individual title as a freshman. Also returning is Bella Burda of Arlington (Section I), who was second last year.
Leading the Section II contingent will be Shaker sophomore Maryanna Lansing, who placed 12th overall last year. Lansing won the Section II Class A championship last weekend with a time of 18:43.82 over the same course.
Also competing in the girls’ field will be Holy Names teammates Kaylee Scott, who finished 25th in the states as a sophomore last year, and eighth-grader Lydia Williams, who placed 36th last year.