In arguably one of the most successful seasons in program history, the Plattsburgh State cross country team made it a point to end it on a high note at regionals.
“I thought we did very well,” head coach Andrew Krug said. “We had good performances on both sides at regionals.”
The women’s squad finished in 13th, coming two points short of the next team.
“The top 12 was our goal at the start of the season,” Krug said. “We gave it our best shot. It’s a tough region, so I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
The men’s side placed 20th after losing a tiebreaker to Oswego.
“Both teams made strong improvements,” Krug said. “Last year, the women finished 17th and the men’s finished 23rd, so we’re moving up in the region.”
For senior Emma Deshaies, it’s bittersweet to think of the end of her cross country career, but nonetheless, she’s proud of how the team improved throughout the season.
“As a team, I’m very proud. Compared to last year, we’ve come so far,” Deshaies said. “We’ve done well with the training. It’s sad that for me it’s coming to an end, but I’ll always be proud of the things I did here.”
Deshaies wanted to be a good example on her teammates and make sure the upperclassmen are ready to move into those leadership roles.
One thing the team can look forward to next season is the progression of its younger runners.
“It’s a very good feeling to have those kids for at least three more years,” Krug said. “It will be tough to replace the seniors. The younger guys did well making the SUNYAC and regionals team, and they will be hungry as they continue their careers here.”
Junior Ethan Vinson agrees.
“It’s just a great group of kids who worked hard as a team,” Vinson said. “ I’m very proud of them.”
Krug said this season has been a stepping stone and the start of a foundation for the program.
“We’ve tried to improve each season,” Krug said. “The goal is to come back even better next season.”
The team’s preformance this year will pay dividends as they start their recruiting process and put Plattsburgh back on the national cross country map.
“We’re always looking for leadership,” Krug said. “The commitment to the program is the biggest thing.”
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