Cross country meets demand a bit more of the spectators as well. There are no bleachers. The “players” are not always in eyesight. Truthfully, in order to really watch it, the onlookers are going to have to walk it.
The girls are having a particularly good season but Ravage admits they would have to dramatically improve with a strong showing in the sectionals in order to compete in the state championships as a team.
“We’re lacking some depth”, she said.
Since each team enters seven scoring runners in every race, with the first five runners’ places totaled for the team score, spacing of the team’s runners has kept their point totals higher than Ravage would like, particularly given that CCS competes in Section 3, one of the “most ferociously competitive in New York State, if not the nation,” Ravage said.
Notwithstanding the team’s chances, Ravage believes that both Ratliff and Fanion have the potential to make states as individuals. Currently, according to the well respected website, www.Tullyrunners.com, Ratliff is ranked 14th and Fanion 17th in Section 3, Class D.
Ravage said she is hopeful that everyone on the team has the potential to run cross country at a college level.
Cooperstown hosted New York Mills and Adirondack yesterday after deadline. They will compete at Herkimer on Oct. 9.