This is where to find the official Fleet Feet Sports, Syracuse "Performance of the Week." Each week we will feature an open division performance and a high school performance of the week. These performances aren't always about being the first to finish, but more about recognizing great personal achievements in our Syracuse running community. Please send nominations to email@example.com (Please send photos, too!) We will also follow race and meet results on a regular basis.
Community Performance of the Week
This week's performance of the week comes from the fall edition of the Syracuse Half Marathon. Len Matyasik was one of many runners who ran both the spring and fall editions of the 13.1-mile race that traverses through much of Syracuse, and Len made the most of it this time around. Len dropped more than 14 minutes from his spring time and ducked under the two-hour mark, running a time of 1:56:19.
High School Performance of the Week
On the high school side we'd like to recognize all of the athletes and teams who brought home titles from the New York State Championships. Braving cold temperatures and a tremendously muddy course, the following can call themselves state champions for the rest of their lives.
In boys class D, the Beaver River team captured the 16th state title in school history with a dominant score of 48 points, placing their top 5 all in the top 30.
For girls class C, the CBA girls ran to a solid victory over Newfane with 62 points to 83.
Girls class D was especially lucrative for section III runners. Brooke Rauber of Tully won her second straight state championship, and as only a freshman, has an opportunity to potentially finish her career with FIVE individual state titles.
On the team side, the South Lewis girls squeaked out a three-point victory over perennial power Greenwich, with three girls in the top 10.
And last but certainly not least, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls won their 12th straight state championship, blowing away the competition while scoring 24 points and putting four runners in the top six spots.