Ms. Willow Bertrand
QUEENSBURY, NY— On Saturday morning of September 15th, 26 of the top CVU female runners, along with the top 23 CVU male runners, boarded the bus at 6:30 am for a 6:45 am departure to Queensbury, NY to race against teams from around the state of New York.
The team’s nerves were high as they ventured towards the important race against New York teams. As coach Bliss said, “The most important thing is that the level of the competition is a bit higher than our first two or three races. Most athletes like the course, and it challenges us to run fast earlier in the season.”
First up was the girl’s varsity race, with Alice Larson taking first place (running a personal best of 18:19), Ella Whitman in 6th, Finnegan Mittelstadt in 12th, Sadie Holmes in 14th. Catherine Noel and Jasmine Nails followed closely behind to finish off the team with a second place finish, a slim nine points away from first place.
After the varsity girls’ successful race, the varsity boys stood upon the starting line, ready to compete against 22 other teams, with Jared Leonard leading the boys team in 16th, Gavin Schaaf in 27th, Skyler Heininger in 40th, Alec Mogielnicki in 46th, and Jamie Williamson finishing off the score in 54th. Overall, the team placed 5th out of 22 teams.