ALBANY Jenna Robinson surged when others might have faded.
The Guilderland senior waited until the final lap and then passed three Saratoga runners to win the girls 3,000-meter race at Saturday's Suburban Council Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University at Albany's SEFCU Arena.
"That was an awesome race," said Guilderland coach Dave Kosier. "I'm so proud of her."
"Definitely didn't think it was possible beforehand," said Robinson.
Robinson started near the middle of the pack and slowly gained ground until she ran up on the heels of Saratoga's trio of Sarah Morin, Carley Vetter and Peyton Engborg, who formed a tight pack in front. At times, Morin, Vetter and Engborg ran side by side as they tried to lock down the top three places.
"The way they run is they go out hard and try to maintain that pace," said Robinson.
Undaunted, Robinson stayed with Morin, Vetter and Engborg through several late laps and looked for an opening.
"Mentally it's tough, and a lot of people when they see Saratoga, they tend to put them on a pedestal. But (Robinson is) not one to back down," said Kosier. "She stayed with them and kept contact with them so she'd have a shot at the end."
Robinson made her move when the signal for the final lap was given. She passed Engborg first and then surged past Vetter before catching Morin in the final strides to take first place with a time of 10:44.15. Morin placed second with a time of 10:44.21.
"Halfway through the race, I felt that if I kept holding out, I could get them at the end because I knew I had a strong finishing kick," said Robinson.
Robinson's performance was the highlight for the Guilderland girls team at the league meet. The Lady Dutch placed seventh with 26 points, well behind Saratoga's first-place total of 119.75 points.