Today was the long-awaited Section 3 Championships. There are some amazing, talented runners in Section 3, the most competitive section in New York State (perhaps in the country, really). I don't know if everyone is familiar with Fayetteville-Manlius, but they're good. I think there must be something in the water over there... I can't begin to tell you the monopoly that school has had on Cross Country, but it's pretty insane. The girls have won the National XC Meet 5 years in a row. They are the best in the nation by far. The boys aren't far behind. So when FM is in a meet, it's not really about who is going to win, it's about who might come in 2nd...
And yep, their fingers say it all. Liverpool came in 2nd! It was a surprise, they were not expected to place 2nd, more like 3rd or 4th. But they did it! It was a crazy race, top runners for the other schools went out too fast (to try to stay with the FM guys) and they died. Which is most likely why Liverpool did so well. But hey, they did it, does it matter how they got there, really?
Alex ran well. He won't tell you that if you ask him though. He's pretty disappointed. But I thought he ran very well. And I'm extremely proud of him.
He came in 8th for his team, and 38th overall. Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day for him though, is that only the Top 7 get to move on to Federations. So his season is over.
I thought I'd give a special mention to one of Alex's teammates, Anthony. He's a team captain and a senior. He's really worked hard the last 4 years and it's great to see all that hard work pay off. He individually qualified for the State meet and gets to compete at the State level. The photo above are the guys that all qualified for States, including the entire Fayetteville-Manlius team. Alex has 2 years left, and I can't wait to see the new goals he sets for himself and how much he succeeds. Alex worked so hard this season and is determined to do even better next year. But until then, indoor track starts on November 14th... so there's no rest for the weary!