Scotia-Glenville cross country runners have a three-peat and repeat among the goals they’ve set for Saturday’s Foothills Council championship meet at Queensbury High School.
“That’s what we’ve been preparing for,” Scotia-Glenville coach Jim Krogh said Wednesday after the Tartans swept Amsterdam to complete their dual meet season. “The journey continues.”
It’s already been a rewarding trip for the Tartan teams, who have combined for a 15-3 dual meet record heading into the season-ending league title meet where they’ll be looking for more accolades.
The Scotia boys will be seeking their third straight team title, while the Scotia girls are determined to claim their first since 2004. That cast is led by defending meet champ Stephanie James, and 2019 race runner-up Delaney Krogh.
“I’m hoping,” James said. “I want to get first and keep my streak going. I’ve definitely got to focus because there are some real good runners out there.”
Clara Avery of Glens Falls, Marissa Colvin of South Glens Falls, Miranda Habshi of Queensbury and Alayna Wian of Schuylerville are among them. Wian’s victory led Schuylerville to a 27-29 win over Scotia on Oct. 19 when James was taking her PSAT, and that is the lone blemish on the Tartans’ 8-1 dual record.
“The girls will be interesting,” Jim Krogh said. “In any given race, you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
As a COVID-19 safety measure, the 10 schools will be competing one at a time at the meet, and runners from each school will go off in staggered starts of 60 seconds. Foothills teams used the same format during the dual meet campaign.
“Last year, we ran in a group,” said James, a sophomore. “There will be no one to cheer you on. It’s going to be so different.”
James and Delaney Krogh both believe there could be a different end for the Scotia girls, who finished third last year behind Queensbury and first-place Broadalbin-Perth.
“I honestly think we can do it. We’ve got a good group of girls,” Delaney Krogh said. “We’re all on the same page. We want to win the Foothills. We’ll do what it takes to get there.”
Krogh is the only senior on the team that includes several younger runners, including her freshman sister, Sadie.
“It’s going to be our last hoorah together,” Krogh said.
The Scotia boys are anchored by seniors Noah Greski and Alex Tebano, who placed second and fifth, respectively, last year to aid their team first-place finish.
“I think we have a pretty good shot, but it’s going to be close,” said Greski, who has committed to run at Siena College. “We want to get it. We’ve been working hard all summer. All season.”
Greski, Tebano and James were among four runners from Scotia who qualified for the state meet last year, but that event, as well as the Section II finals, were canceled this fall due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“The sectionals have been canceled and the state has been canceled, so this is the biggest prize to go after,” Jim Krogh said. “Our guys are going to run to win.”
The Scotia boys lost in the regular season to Schuylerville by five points and to Queensbury by two points.
“We all have to be on our ‘A’ game,” Tebano said.
Greski and Tebano will have their sites on the individual title, too, in a solid field that will also include Julian Stedman of Glens Falls, Jack Hicks of Queensbury, Patrick McGloine of Schuylerville and Trevor Dzikowicz of Amsterdam.