The New York State Federation of Secondary Schools Athletic Association announced Tuesday the cancellation of its 2020 Cross Country Championships.
This year’s event was scheduled for Nov. 18 at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, where the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys’ team and the Saratoga Springs girls’ team placed first last year as well as in 2017.
“Due to the continuing public health emergency related to COVID-19, the Federation Board unanimously voted to cancel this year’s Cross Country Championships,” said Jim Foster, NYSFSSAA Executive Secretary, via a press release. “We are disappointed that we won’t be able to give the top runners in New York State a chance to compete in a culminating championship event this year, but we understand the health and safety issues that are at the forefront right now.”
The running event was canceled for the first time in 2018 due to heavy snow in the Wappingers Falls area. The 1987 meet at Fayetteville-Manlius High School was called halfway through due to snowy conditions.
The event, which was first held in 1974, brings together teams and individuals from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, Catholic High School Athletic Association, Public School Athletic League and Association of Independent Schools for competition.
Aside from Burnt Hills, Section II boys teams from Glens Falls, Saratoga, Shenendehowa and Shaker have won Federation titles. Other Section II girls’ team champions came from Burnt Hills and Colonie. The Saratoga girls own 24 Federation championships, all under co-coaches Art and Linda Kranick.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association previously announced the cancellation of its fall championships for all sports.
In boys’ soccer action Tuesday, Iddrisu Haruna accounted for both goals, and Bilal Shohatee made eight saves, to spark Schenectady’s 2-0 Suburban Council win over Troy.
Madison McMaster and Elizabeth Sheehan both scored two goals as Saratoga Springs posted an 11-0 Suburban Council girls’ soccer win over Albany.
In golf action, Connor Canale carded a 35, and Colin Cotter and Landon Russom both followed with a 38, to lift Broadalbin-Perth past Scotia-Glenville 150-200 in a Foothills Council match. Joshua Frament led the Tartans with a 46.
Clarkie Carroll and Will Braxton fired a 37 and 39, respectively, and Saratoga defeated Ballston Spa 241-271 in a Suburban Council match. Carter Lamport paced the Scotties with a 40.
CBA defeated Colonie 249-287 behind Dixon Boggs’ 37 and Conlon Van Epps’ 40. Joe Baronowski and Kevin Hulett both had a 46 for Colonie.
Mollie Thomas turned in a 43, and the Saratoga girls defeated Ballston Spa 94-114 in Suburban Council competition.
Broadalbin-Perth and Queensbury tied in the Foothills Counil, both teams finishing with a 156. Mairead Marsden had a 46 for Broadalbin-Perth, and Adriana Della Della had a 47 for Queensbury.
SCHENECTADY 2, TROY 0
Troy scoring: None. Schenectady scoring: Haruna 2-0. Goalkeepers: Troy, unavailable. Schenectady, Shohatee, 8 saves.
SARATOGA SPRINGS 11, ALBANY 0
Halftime: Saratoga Springs 7-0. Albany scoring: None. Saratoga Springs scoring: McMaster 2-0, H. Baldwin 1-3, Shields 1-0, Von Ahn 0-1, DiBlasi 1-0, Rodriguez 1-1, Neville 1-2, Long 1-0, Sheehan 2-0, E. Baldwin 1-0. Goalkeepers: Albany, Fish, 17 saves. Saratoga Springs, unavailable.
SARATOGA SPRINGS 241, BALLSTON SPA 271
S – Carroll 37, Braxton 39, Dean 41, Sica 41, Kim 41. BS – Lamport 40, Tribley 45, M. Desmond 45, C. Desmond 46.
CBA 249, COLONIE 287
CBA – Boggs 37, Van Epps 40. COL – Baronowski 46, Hulett 46.
BROADALBIN-PERTH 150, SCOTIA-GLENVILLE 200
BP – Canale 35, Cotter 38, Russom 38, Terwilliger 39. SG – Frament 46, Bianchi 50, Jones 51, Hodge 53, Lotano 53.
SARATOGA SPRINGS 94, BALLSTON SPA 114
S – Thomas 43, Jackson 51, Porter 53, Cate 54. BS – Duval 51, Sikoryak 63.
BROADALBIN-PERTH 156, QUEENSBURY 156
BP – Mrsden 46, Tomlinson 53, Abel 57. Q – Della Bella 47, Burkich 51, D’Angelico 58.
COACHES: To report results, please email [email protected] on the day of the event. Submissions accepted daily until 10:15 p.m.