Sunday, October 13, 2013


This weekend was the big "Manhattan Invitational". Last year, Liverpool placed first in their race. And we all thought that was amazing and wonderful. It was one of 7 Varsity Boys races that day. This year, they ran in the "Big" race. The Eastern States Championship Race. The best of the best, from all over the East Coast. And a random team from California. The #1 team in the country competed. (They're from NJ.) There was also the #7 team in the country there (From PA.) And the #1 team from NY... and so many more talented teams. Liverpool hasn't really been in that kind of race before... although they are nationally ranked too. It was nice to be able to show everyone what they had and to be able to compete with the best teams in the country. And that they did! 

They were hoping for a Top 5 finish. They came in 3rd. And a very good 3rd too. They even beat the #7 team in the country. The #1 team from NJ won, the #1 team from NY came in 2nd. And Liverpool took 3rd. The coach said that was the best overall finish of any Liverpool team in the school's history. They also had 4 of the top 11 all-time best times of anyone in their High School, since the records began in the 70s...

They also got to take this little trophy home with them... (Sorry, Alex, it stays at the HS.)

Next up is the CNYCL Championship on Wednesday. Alex said that Manhattan was his last ever XC Invitational in High School. It's all Championship meets from here on out. Fingers crossed we get to go to Oregon in December!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

I'm Baaack.

Hi again! It's me. Is anybody still out there?? It's been almost 6 months since I last updated. I keep meaning to post things, but then I just throw stuff up on Facebook and forget about the blog. It just seems easier sometimes! 

Here are a few things that have been going on around here lately. Some big news - Alex got his braces off. Here are the before and after pictures. I'd say braces were a very good thing for him!

He started his senior year braces-free and just had his senior pictures taken. (By Eric, on the back deck...)

Speaking of being a senior, he already had "Senior Night" for Cross Country. It was the last home meet of the season. There's still a lot of season to go, but that was the last home meet. 

The Cross Country season is going very well so far. Liverpool has some hefty goals for this season. They are (so far) ranked #2 in NY State and #18 in the Nation. They're looking to get a bid to run in the National Meet in Oregon in December. I'd say they are well on their way. This weekend is a big meet for them in Manhattan. They're going up against the #1 team in the nation as well as the #1 team in NY. It'll be interesting and exciting to see how they fare. 

Some other developments include some college recruiting news. He's got 3 colleges very interested in him and has 3 official visit invitations lined up so far. The top 3 (as of today) are UAlbany, Binghamton University and Lehigh University. Letters are still pouring in. He just got a nice one from the Notre Dame track coach today... The whole recruiting process has been quite the learning experience. It's nice that he has good grades too. The coaches have been impressed with all he has to offer, which makes things much easier! Hopefully between the academics and the athletics, he'll receive some nice financial help!!

I guess that's it for now. I know a whole lot has happened since May, but I'll make this brief. Hopefully I'll be better at updating now. We're off to Manhattan tomorrow... keep an eye on Facebook. I'm sure I'll have updates along the way...