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.
It's September in Central New York, and that means it's cross country season. The collegiate and high school seasons both started up this past week.
COMMUNITY: We return to the cross country trails again this week for the performance of the week. For the open side, the first race of the Pete Glavin Upstate XC series was last weekend in Clay and the Syracuse Track Club men took the team title with a low score of 17 points, placing their top five runners all in the first six finishers. Sam Morse was the top finisher and overall winner, completing the 5K course in 15:59 and he was followed by Lee Breube (second place), Chris Stogsdill (third), Chris Raulli (fifth) and Andrew Foxenberg (sixth). Those five were backed up by Ryan Poley and Jay Harcum in 15th and 17th place, respectively.
HIGH SCHOOL: For high schoolers, the VVS invite this past weekend was the first big weekend race of the season. Claire Walters, of Fayetteville-Manlius, had the fastest time of the day and also ran the third fastest time of all time on the VVS course, which has been host to many sectional championship meets and a state meet in the last 10 years. Claire's time of 18:14.3 was also only about 7 seconds off the overall course record.