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Gabby is a seventh grader on the indoor team this year who started her track career with a bang! She ran a 1:52.17 600 at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational, a 3:40.30 1000 at the Section 2 League Meet 6 and a 5:49.60 1500 at the Section 2 League Meet 4.

Why did you decide to join the indoor track team?
I joined the indoor track team because my brother, Anthony, is on the team and I thought it was a great way to stay in shape.

What accomplishments are you most proud of from the season so far?
I am most proud that I’ve made new friends, and I have improved my race times as the year has progressed.

What goals do you have for the remainder of the season.
I would like to continue to improve my times and help the team in any way I can.

What motivates you to keep working hard at practice each day?
I have been told that the hard work you do in practice will help you at meets.
I want to do my best at meets – so I work hard at practice.

What do you think the key to being a successful track runner is?
Someone who puts the team before their individual goals. Also, be a good teammate by helping other runners succeed

How would you describe the team atmosphere? Was it hard joining a high school team as a seventh grader?
It has been a wonderful experience! The upperclassmen have been extremely supportive and the coaches have been positive throughout the year. I have enjoyed the indoor season a lot!! It was very easy to join the team.

Katie is another middle/long distance runner who joined the team this year. Her accomplishments this season include running a 2:08.40 in the 600m run at the Section 2 League Meet 5 and a 3:52.10 in the 1000m.

Why did you decide to join the indoor track team?
I really liked cross country and I wanted to keep on running.

What accomplishments are you most proud of from the season so far?
For the season I was so proud that I beat two of my personal records in one meet.

What goals do you have for outdoor track?
My goal is to keep on setting more personal records.

What motivates you to keep working hard at practice each day?
What motivates me are my teammates when cheering me on.

What do you think the key to being a successful track runner is?
The key of being successful is to make sure you practice hard everyday.

How would you describe the team atmosphere? Was it hard joining a high school team as a seventh grader?
It was not that hard joining the high school team because I knew some of the teammates already.

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Kate Scanlan is a seventh grader who joined the indoor track team this year. She has had an impressive season so far and still has championship season ahead of her. Her personal accomplishments this year include running 1:56.21 for the 600m run at the Ithaca Bomber Invitational and running 6:09.36 for the mile at Dartmouth relays.

Why did you decide to join the indoor track team?
I decided to join the indoor track team because in cross country everyone was really nice and supportive and because I wanted to stay in shape for track. Also I knew that each season there would be new people and I wanted to meet a few before plunging right into track.

What accomplishments are you most proud of from the season so far?
I am most proud of making it to all the away meets so far. When I first got here I was a bit overwhelmed with how good everyone was at their event. At first I did not know what to do but I practiced and somehow I made it to the away meets.

What goals do you have for the remainder of the indoor season and the upcoming outdoor season?
My goals for the remainder of the season and the outdoor season are to continue to work hard, have a positive attitude, and to have fun. Also to try to have a positive mindset.

What motivates you to keep working hard at practice each day?
What motivates me to keep working hard a practice each day is knowing that I will eventually get through it. I will not keep on running forever so I might as well work hard. Also I know that my other teammates are working just as hard as I can and if they can do it then I can do it to.

What do you think the key to being a successful track runner is?
I think the key to a successful runner is how mentally tough you are. If you have the right attitude and mindset then you can do anything that you want to do. If you tell yourself that you can do it then you can. If you really want to do something then you can get it if you stay positive and think that you can.

How would you describe the team atmosphere? Was it hard joining a high school team as a seventh grader?
I think that the team atmosphere is excited. Everyone is ready for the next challenge to come their way. As a seventh grader because it is the first year on the team it was a little bit overwhelming. After the first few weeks however I found that everyone was really accepting and I felt like part of the team. I had done swimming and a youth track program before but I have never felt the same feeling of being on a team and being accepted like that.

For many years, the Guilderland Cross Country Program has been known as the Long Red Line. With multiple trips to Feds, we’re on the rise and need to keep the momentum flowing. Why be good when we’re capable of greatness? With everyone working hard and pushing each other year round, it’s easy to envision our program doing greater things than have ever been witnessed. Our top five finish at Feds will become a top three finish, and our team will ascend from the top five percent to the top one percent. We will focus on winning states and taking our first ever team trip to NXN. To achieve this level of performance, we need to commit to running competitively year round. We need to make maintaining a healthy lifestyle one of our utmost priorities. We need to place the team above the individual for the benefit of the program. This season, the Long Red Line will reach its full potential.

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Videos and Photos from the 2016 Cross Country Season can be viewed at either famfare.org or by using the TEAM PHOTOS BY CHRIS MICELI link on the Guilderland XC and Track and Field team page. Enjoy!