Lizzie Predmore has gone from young cross country phenom to seasoned veteran, and she's only a junior.
Predmore doesn't mind her new role with the Shenendehowa cross country team. As she sees it, it's a chance to help the next group of Plainswomen.
It's a different role, said Predmore. "I have to be a little more responsible. I have to be encouraging the younger runners."
One way Predmore can do that is to show them how to win like she did at last weekend's Springstead Invitational at Colonie Town Park in Latham. Predmore fended off challenges from Queensbury twins Danielle and Brittany Winslow to win the girls individual title with a time of 17:33.2 " the fourth fastest in the meet's history.
Predmore said having the Winslow twins behind her the whole race helped her.
"It's good because we could push each other," said Predmore. "I feel that we helped each other get good places and times."
Predmore's efforts alone couldn't help Shen catch Queensbury for the girls team title, though. The Spartans placed three runners in the top 10 to finish first with 42 points. Shen was third with 83 points, nine points behind runner-up Niskayuna.
The Plainswomen had two runners beside Predmore crack the top 20. Hailey Beyer was 14th with a time of 19:54.4, and Gina Stalica placed 16th with a time of 19:58.8.
Predmore said that as the season goes on, she believes Shen will challenge the rest of the Suburban Council.
"We're looking good," said Predmore. "We lost a couple of seniors from last year, so it's a different team."
The Shen boys team also placed third at the Springstead Invitational. The Plainsmen finished with 87 points, 23 points behind runner-up Queensbury. Shaker " the host team " claimed the title with 39 points.
Ian Dorsett led Shen with a second-place finish in a time of 15:47.2. Ed Cody (15th place, 16:29.7) was the next Plainsmen across the finish line, followed by Chris Shartrand (19th, 16:41.7).