Jonathan Gay runs to 24th place finish at state XC meet

— The goal for lone Westport cross country runner Jonathan Gay was to place in the top 10 at the NYSPHSAA Class D cross country championship meet Nov. 9.

While the Eagles sophomore did not get the finish position he was looking for, Gay continued to show improvement in his first season, running the 3.1-mile Queensbury High School course in a sectional-equalling time of 16:44, earning a top 25 finish.

“I was able to catch four runners in my last kick,” Gay said. “It was not my greatest race and I do not think that I pushed it hard enough, but I was able to push it at the end when I needed to.”

“This was one full minute better then when he ran this course last,” coach Howard Hammonds said. “He was within a minute of Jeriqho (Gadway, PHS runner and Class C state champion) and within 15 seconds of Evan (Page, Seton Catholic runner who finished sixth in the Class D meet) in the middle of the race. It was his best race of the year by far.”

For the first year cross country runner, the 2013 season was all about gaining the experience of running on different courses and conditions.

“It is all about experience right now,” Gay said. “I had a good start and stuck with Page for most of the first K. This was a very nice race course.”

“A top 25 finish in your first year as a sophomore is something that is very commendable,” Hammonds said. “As he said before, it’s the middle where he has looked to improve. We are happy with this.”

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