Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake: A Tight-Knit Team Achieving Great Things
Sep 24, 2008
It's a tight-knit school, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School. The community is small, parents are involved in their kids student-athlete lives, and with a smaller student population compared to most of the other top teams in the country, this team is achieving more than many think they could. Over the past few years few teams have dominated girls cross country like Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
In the fall of 2007 the squad took another step forward, qualifying for Nike Team Nationals, with a fifth place finish overall at the national meet despite missing their number two runner. Many speculated that Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake would've placed second had they had their full line-up, as they finished 38 points behind runner-up Saugus (CA).
Regardless, the team now looks forward, hoping to build upon their '07-'08 success with even more success. While no one will admit it, the thought of winning the Nike Cross Nationals title has to be on their minds. A talented trio up top with Sam Roecker, Molly Pezzulo and Meaghan Gregory gives this team a distinct advantage few others teams can match.
This is a season of hard work, challenging oneself to go above and beyond, and most of all having 40 girls coming together to strive towards the same goal. It's something every team tries to do, but only so many actually accomplish it. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake will strive for greatness and how this journey ends will be something fans of the sport will watch all season long.