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Federation cross country canceled

Federation cross country canceled

Snowstorm knocks out annual races
Federation cross country canceled
Kelsey Chmiel of Saratoga Springs placed second at last year's Federation meet.
Photographer: ERICA MILLER

The New York State Federation Cross Country Championship scheduled for Saturday at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls was called off late Thursday night by event officials due to heavy snow in that area.

The Saratoga Springs girls' team, which won its 23rd Federation title in 2017 on the same course, was among those entered from Section II.

Federation representatives announced the cancellation in a release that read: "As a result of the winter storm and following the recommendation of the cross country organizing committee, the NYS Federation unfortunately has had to cancel the 2018 Federation Cross Country Championship at Bowdoin Park on Saturday, November 17th. It has been determined that the course will not be a suitable championship course for athletes and spectators. The meet will not be rescheduled this year."

Thursday's storm left as much as a foot of snow in parts of Dutchess County.

"The people who organize it are die-hard cross country people, and when they say it's not going to be possible, you know it's not a good situation," New York State Public High School Athletic Association Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said.

The Federation event had never been canceled before, though 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 NYSPHSAA, Catholic High School Athletic Association, Public School Athletic League and Association of Independent Schools for competition.

"You had people ready to get on the road from all corners of the state," Zayas said. "That's why they had to make a call [Thursday night]. The last thing you want is to have people get there and be told there will be no racing."

Section II swept the team titles a year ago when the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys joined the Saratoga girls as meet champions. Burnt Hills defended its NYSPHSAA Class B title last week, but opted not to enter the Federation race.

Bowdoin Park is set to host the Nike Cross Country Northeast Regional races Nov. 24.

Reach Gazette Sportswriter Jim Schiltz at 518-395-3143, [email protected] or @jim_schiltz on Twitter.

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