Springstead said what keeps him involved in the sport long after he retired as a teacher (1989) is teaching kids how to overcome the mental challenges cross country running provides.
"They've got to persevere in this sport," he said. "The body is telling you to stop, but you can't stop. The body is telling you to slow down, but you can't slow down."
Shaker's boys team hasn't slowed down much over Springstead's career. The Blue Bison are typically among the top Suburban Council teams, and this year is no exception. With several key runners returning including R.J. Sniffen, Chris Manico and Craig Weiss, Shaker has a solid core which will help it contend with the likes of Shenendehowa and Guilderland.
The Blue Bison performed well in the boys varsity race. Shaker placed three runners in the top 10 on its way to a third-place finish in the team standings with 60 points, 11 points behind runner-up Shenendehowa. Queensbury took the title with 46 points.
Sniffen led the Blue Bison with a fourth-place finish in a time of 16:24.55. Manico was next in fifth place with a time of 16:26.20, and Weiss placed sixth with a time of 16:26.75.
Colonie finished fifth in the boys team standings with 138 points. Tyler Stewart led the Garnet Raiders with a 12th-place performance in a time of 16:53.12.
In the girls' division, Shen placed four runners in the top 15 to take team honors with 50 points. Niskayuna edged Holy Names on a tiebreaker for second place after both teams finished with 97 points. Colonie was fifth with 110 points, and Shaker placed seventh with 154 points.
The top town finisher was Loudonville's Claire Hardwick. The Holy Names senior placed third with a time of 19:00.83. Katlin Mock led Colonie with an eighth-place finish in a time of 19:44.06, and Shaker's Emma Risler was 10th with a time of 20:00.02.""