The Blackbirds are looking for more first-place team finishes as the cross country season winds down. First up is Friday's Albany County Meet at The Crossings in Colonie. Then, it's the Colonial Council Championships next week at Saratoga Spa State Park before going after their third consecutive Section II title on Halloween.
"My philosophy is this: I don't care how big the school is. If you train hard, you can win," said Carducci. "We're on the verge of doing something great here."
Voorheesville was on the verge of sweeping the BH-BL Invitational team titles, but the girls team fell four points short of upending Milbrook in the Division I race. Voorheesville had five runners in the top 15, but Milbrook placed three runners in the top 10 to hold on for a 49-53 victory.
"I think they did an excellent job," said Voorheesville girls assistant coach Ashley Hilliard. "They've been working really hard, and they push each other to do better."
Michelyn Little led the Blackbirds with a third-place finish in a time of 19:42.3. Casey Morrison (10th, 20:58.5), Zoe Edmunds (11th, 21:11.3), Sawyer Cresap (14th, 21:26.3) and Carla Planz (15th, 21:30.6) rounded out Voorheesville's top five.
Hilliard said she's hopeful that the team's performance at the BH-BL Invitational bodes well for Voorheesville at the Colonial Council and Section II championships.
"We're looking forward to being back here at Saratoga," she said. "That's why we came here in the first place " to get our feet on the course."
Lady Dutch place third at Manhattan invy
The Guilderland girls cross country team had another impressive performance as it placed third in the Varsity B division at last Saturday's Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt park in the Bronx.
The Lady Dutch had four runners in the top 40 to finish with 141 points. St. John the Baptist won the team title with 97 points.
Kelly Camardo led Guilderland with a 16th-place performance in a time of 16:00.060. Bridget Daley placed 21st in a time of 16:11.49, while Lynley Joynt took 28th place in a time of 16:18.74.
Lea Cure (30th place, 16:20.64) and Michelle Fish (46th, 16:35.70) rounded out Guilderland's top five.
The Guilderland boys placed 20th with 560 points in the Varsity G division race at the Manhattan Invitational. Caleb Doak (99th place, 14:20.24) was the Dutchmen's top runner.
Guilderland will compete at Friday's Albany County Meet.""