CHESTERTOWN - North Warren High School's cross-country program is remarkable, considering their accomplishments despite the school's small enrollment.
Their cross-country runners have racked up one title after another over the years, and 2010 will likely follow suit.
Coach Bernie McCann said his runners might not only live up to the legend, but may surpass accomplishments of the past.
Last year, the North Warren girls squad won the Adirondack League, and this year, their lineup of 11 runners is stronger than ever, McCann noted. Sophomore Megan Erikson qualified last year - as a freshman - for the New York State championship meet, and Cassie Maday went to the states year before last - also as a freshman - although an injury prevented her from competing in 2009.
Also on the team are sophomore Mallory Wolf, a 2007 league All-Star, and senior Tori Mardis, who is equally talented, McCann said.
"This is the best girls team we've ever had, and we've had some great ones over the years," McCann said.
The boys squad, although smaller with seven runners, also has substantial potential.
In past years, boys team has logged its share of successes, winning consecutive Adirondack League championships from 2005 through 2007, and a Sectional title in 2007. That latter year, the girls came in second in the league.
This year has equal prospects, considering the talent on the team. There's senior Alex Underwood, who McCann said has an excellent chance at the state meet, and classmate John Gordon, who also has top potential, considering his six years' running experience.
Newcomers on the boys team who look promising include Joe Strauss and Ian Underwood, McCann said.
"The teams are loaded with talent, and each runner has an opportunity to rise to the top," he said, while the runners took off in a sprint in front of their school.
"I can't say who the top five on either team will be this season," McCann said with a smile. "We've got some real talent, and we're looking for a breakout year."
North Warren Central
2010 Varsity Cross-Country schedule
Sept. 21 Johnsburg Central Away
Sept. 28 Whitehall, Argyle Home
Oct. 5 Fort Ann, Corinth Home
Oct. 12 Lake Geo., Hadley-Luzerne Home
Oct. 19 Corinth, N. Warren, Argyle Away
Oct. 21 League Championships at Queensbury
Nov. 5 Sectionals at Spa Park