SCOTIA — The Scotia-Glenville boys’ cross country team turned in a championship season, and the memorable season continues Saturday when senior Kyle Ostrander and juniors Noah Greski and Alex Tebano compete at the state championship meet at SUNY Plattsburgh.
“First time we’ll have three boys,” Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Krogh said of his at-large qualifiers. “We’ve had two, so this is big, and with Trevor [Dzikowicz of Amsterdam], four of the five at-large runners will be from the Foothills Council. Our league is getting stronger.”
Scotia-Glenville had the top boys’ team in its league for the second year in a row, with the Tartans repeating as unbeaten dual champions before repeating as the winner of the Foothills title meet. Scotia-Glenville also notched team wins at the Burnt Hills and McQuaid invitationals, as well as its own invitational, this fall.
“It’s been a lot of fun, but we’re not done yet,” Krogh said.
Ostrander, Greski and Tebano will be competing among the state’s best runners for the first time, as will Scotia-Glenville freshman Stephanie James in the girls’ race. The Tartans will be part of the Class B mix, from which the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys will be chasing a fourth consecutive state championship.
“They are probably going to do really well,” James said of her schoolmates.
Greski made a significant move up at the Nov. 4 Section II championships at Saratoga Spa State Park, where he placed third after finishing 24th as a sophomore. His third was best among the five at-large state qualifiers, while Ryan Allison and Will Marchant of Burnt Hills took the top two spots.
“I was predicted to do well last year and got sick. I couldn’t breathe,” Greski said. “Ever since then, I’ve had a fire in me.”
Ostrander placed fourth at the sectionals after running 17th last year, and Tebano was ninth at the sectionals after running 15th last year.
“One word to describe all three of them is desire,” Krogh said. “That brings them all together to push each other, and the investment they’ve made has paid off big time.”
Ostrander said he struggled with his breathing and cramps at the 2018 sectional meet, as he was still recovering from a vocal cord disfunction.
“This season, the end goal was to get to states,” Ostrander said. “I’ve never experienced this kind of race with such a high level, and it’s going to be a major learning experience. Looking forward to it.”
Last year’s sectional result gave Tebano a ton of motivation for this year’s race.
“I missed by two places, and missed out on a great opportunity,” Tebano said. “My biggest goal was to get to states, and after we did well to start the season, that goal looked like it could definitely happen. I’ll be running for Scotia and for college coaches.”
James was third at the sectonals behind Class B champ Kate Sherman of Mohonasen and Logan Barsalow of Averill Park. Burnt Hills won the team title.
Section II’s other state meet teams will be Shenendehowa (Class A), Fonda-Fultonville (Class C) and Lake George (Class D) on the boys’ side, and Saratoga Springs (Class A), Greenwich (Class C) and Berlin (Class D) on the girls’ side. Saratoga and Greenwich won girls’ state team titles in 2018.
Along with Allison and Sherman, Section II’s other individual champions in action will be Tom Ragone of Niskayuna (boys’ Class A), Ella Kurto of Saratoga (girls’ Class A), Gitch Hayes of La Salle (boys’ Class C), Brynne Wright of Greenwich (girls’ Class C), Andrew Drescher of Duanesburg (boys’ Class D) and Madison Relyea of Mayfield (girls’ Class D).
Saturday’s competition begins with the boys’ Class A race at 9 a.m., and the boys’ Class B race will follow at 9:30 a.m. Races will continue to start every half hour afterward.
Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.
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