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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Saratoga runners qualify for Nike Team Nationals

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saratoga runners qualify for Nike Team Nationals

At-large bid granted to Kinetic Running Club

They just keep running and running and running.

The Saratoga Springs based Kinetic Running Club, made up of local high school-aged runners didn’t want their cross country season to end this weekend. On Sunday they got the confirmation via phone that they would be running one more time.

The Kinetic Running Club received an at-large bid from the Nike Team Nationals event and will travel, all expenses paid to Portland, Oregon and compete at the third annual team event at the Portland Meadows race track Dec. 1.

The club’s runners, Hannah Davidson, Sydney King, Cassie Goutos, Amanda Borroughs, Megan Conway, Brianne Mellon and Katie Treichel finished in third place Saturday at the New York Regional event.

The Stotan (Warwick Valley) and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Track Club finished in the top two spots, automatically qualifying for the national team event. Four additional at-large bids were announced Sunday.

“It wasn’t really a surprise,” Linda Kranick said. “The kids deserve this at-large big. We received an at-large bid before with the boys and proved that it was a good choice.

“I’m very happy,” Kranick said. “The girls have come a long way over the season. This is very exciting.”

Davidson, Goutos and Bellon have experience at the West Coast national event, finishing in second place in 2005. The boys Kinetic squad captured the national title the same year.

In 2006, Kinetic didn’t receive an at-large bid after competing in the Northeast Regional event. This year, New York was granted its own regional, automatically granting entries to the top two girls squads along with the top two boys programs, the Clifton Park Track Club and Purple Wave (Warwick).

“New York deserves its own region,” Kranick said. “It’s been held for three years (NTN) and each year a New York team has won and the past two years they have been the top two finishers.”

Kinetic captured the girls title in the inaugural Nike Team Nationals in 2004.
The squad is expected to leave Wednesday or Thursday, compete on Saturday and return to the Spa City on Sunday.

“The travel takes quite a bit out of you,” Kranick said. “It’s a great experience. It’s not a high school program, it’s a club and a national meet. It’s a good part of the kid’s education to see the West Coast and experience being there.”



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