King sisters dominate class A race

Jillian King proved she is the best class A runner in Section II.

Caroline King proved she is regaining her strength after a season filled with illness, including a bout of mononucleosis.

The Scotia-Glenville sisters took the top two places at last Friday's Section II Cross Country Championships at Saratoga Spa State Park. Jillian won the individual title with a time of 17:15, while Caroline the defending Sectional champ placed second with a time of 17:39.4.

For Jillian, the title was secondary to her sister's health.

"I'm hoping my sister is OK. That's all I'm worried about," said Jillian.

Caroline was satisfied with cutting the gap between her and Jillian by 15 seconds over their last race " the Foothills Council Championships 10 days earlier.

"I'm happy because when the doctor told me I had mono (last month), I didn't know if I'd even run Sectionals," said Caroline.

Both Kings were in the lead pack midway through the race when Jillian made her move.

"I kind of went out with a group and wanted to see how I felt, and if I felt strong enough, I'd start pulling away," said Jillian. "I just started pulling away, and I told myself to create a bigger gap, so I did."

Caroline did her best to keep up with Jillian, but like the rest of the lead pack, she found herself watching her younger sister pull further ahead. Still, she was proud of Jillian, who missed Sectionals last year because she transferred from Academy of the Holy Names back to Scotia-Glenville in the middle of the season.

"She didn't really get a chance to run last year, so the fact that she's been racing every week now has really helped her," said Caroline.

The King sisters are two of several Schenectady County runners heading to Saturday's state meet in Warwick. Niskayuna's Emily McTague, Schalmont's Matt Curiano, Mohonasen's Patrick Murray, Scotia-Glenville's Ryan Madigan and Schenectady Christian's Mike Klein also earned berths after placing in the top 10 of their respective races.

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