Why not Feds? Hilton’s choice not to attend the Federation meet.
Mike Szczepanik –
This is to dispel the rumors and get to the truth about why the Hilton Girls Cross Country team has chosen to decline the NY State Federations invite.
Let’s get one thing straight … This decision was made weeks ago, before our County championship meet. However, we began thinking about it around the Manhattan Invitational. This was not a reactionary decision based on an injury. (Although that made the decision all the easier).
It started as I discussed the topic with Coach
Let’s keep in mind –
But the question remains, why not go to Feds? Because … There are too many “all-out” meets in a row. The schedule of championship meets starts at the end of October and could continue until the middle of December – if your team makes NTN and individuals make Footlocker finals.
End of October – League/County championships
November – Sectionals, States, Federations, and FL NE
December – NTN, and FL Finals.
That is seven straight weeks of top end racing. A runner only has so many big races in them. At some point something has to give …
Ask the Coach of #1 US Corona del Mar, Bill Sumner who said, in the November 15th issue of “The Harrier”, that his kids only have 4 times a season that they can go “all – out”. He calls it their Four Aces.
You can even look at what the girls from
Our goal all season has been to make it to NTNs and perform well at the meet, perhaps even win it. We feel like we have done everything we can to prove we are a worthy team to be entered into the NTNs, and even put ourselves in the position to win it.
Why are we a worthy team?
US #2, NE #1
3. Against NE #4 Colts Neck – Head to Head once
4. Against NE #5 Suffern – Head to Head three times
· Queensbury Invitational – 39 Hilton to 92 Suffern
We haven’t faced NE teams #7 - #10.
only team we have lost to this year
is perennial super-power
7. We have had outstanding performances when it counts. We have been our best in the biggest meets including:
Our goal was not to duck the competition, because, as some have suggested, “we are worried about losing”. This also was not a knee-jerk reaction to an injury. This, as every decision this team has made this year, has been well thought-out and planned. Missing out on an invitation to NTNs is a risk, but I think we have made our case.