For many athletes, Wappingers Falls is the last race of the season, and for seniors like Santo, it will ultimately prove to be his final cross-country competition at the high school level.
“It’ll end up being a great chance for the team to bond one last time before the end of the season,” Santo said. “We’ll all run as hard as we can, but more than anything, I think we’ll use it as a way to really just help us understand how special the season’s been.”
With New York and the fall’s final race on the horizon, Hennigar couldn’t be more proud of his cast of athletes — he also couldn’t conceal his excitement about next year’s teams.
“If someone asked me what the ideal season would be for these boys before the year began, it would have gone exactly like this,” said Hennigar, “but this team is still eager to make another step, and I think they have a great shot of doing that next year. We have plenty of talent coming back.
“Likewise, the girls had a tremendous season of surpassed expectations. Their team goal was to finish 8-2, and they went ahead and finished 9-1, and then to top it off, they made the All-States again, which is a huge accomplishment. Minus senior captain Liz Fiascone, all of those girls will be back. Next year should be very exciting from a running standpoint.”
Fiascone believes the girls team will make a regular occurrence out of competing at the All-State Meet in the coming seasons.
“I think they’ll be even better,” Fiascone said. “The team is very young; the whole top seven are juniors and sophomores, plus there are some very solid freshmen coming up, so I think they’ll be even stronger next year.”