King sisters dominate class A race

McTague followed in her older sister Caitlin's footsteps by qualifying for states with a sixth-place time of 18:09.2 in the girls class AA race.

"I really wanted to get out fast because it was really packed at the beginning," said McTague.

It was another step in a burgeoning cross country career for McTague, who hadn't had many top-10 invitational finishes until this season. The junior credited her success to some off-season training with Caitlin, who went to several state meets.

"I trained with her over the summer a bit, which was fun," said McTague. "She's given me a lot of good pointers on running."

On the boys' side, Klein pulled away from the pack to win the class D title with a time of 16:47.5, while Curiano recovered from a ninth-place finish at the Colonial Council Championships to finish second in the class B race with a time of 16:55.7.

"I was very lucky (to place second)," said Curiano. "It was a great race, and on another day, it could've been anyone else."

After the race, Curiano sported a sash of caution tape, which he said was from the Colonial Council race at the same Saratoga Spa State Park course.

"The caution tape was broken in this one section, which is where I went off course," said Curiano. "I just ran through it and then realized I went the wrong way."

Madigan and Murray had to cut through a sea of Queensbury and Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake runners to finish in the top 10. Madigan (sixth place, 16:03.5) was the first non-Queensbury/Burnt Hills runner to cross the finish line. Murray (eighth, 16:04.5) was the second one to break up the pack.

All seven individual qualifiers will go to Warwick for Saturday's state meet.

In the team competition, the Niskayuna and Scotia-Glenville boys teams each earned third-place plaques.

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