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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: First Night 2010: Return of the Blue Streaks

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.

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

First Night 2010: Return of the Blue Streaks

They were all there, sectional. state, national and collegiate champions, running throughout the Skidmore College Campus on a beautiful New Year's Eve night for the 13th annual Saratoga First Night 5k.

I don't know if there were any surprises that Saratoga grad Greg Kelsey and former Blue Streak harrier Nicole Blood won their respective titles, but it wasn't a race for the faint of heart.

Both runners have completed their work in college with Kelsey now joining up with "Teach for America", heading South and Blood finished in December, signed with Nike and is part of their running program. She said she's doing a lot of training and looking to make a decision between indoor and distance.

A lot has been written and way too much has been said about her departure from Saratoga Springs her senior year, but everything was smiles and hugs upon her return on New Year's Eve. Her smile was radiant as she crossed the finish line for her sixth First Night title.

What a great way to start the year.

Who knows what's in store for the event in Saratoga Springs? Race director Jeffrey Allen will be hard pressed to make the night any better, but will he make it bigger?

We'll have to see if it's on his New Year's resolution.

Below is the full, record setting list of finishers 1,021 the best ever for Saratoga and breaks the old mark set by Albany's First Night event, last held the previous year.

First Night 2010 5k race results                                                                

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