Girls and boys cross country had state qualifiers
Blair boys' cross country (5-1) and Blair girls' cross country (6-0) both had exciting seasons this fall. Before the season started, Blair learned that they would no longer have any home meets. Since Blair doesn't have enough space for a cross country course on campus, the Blazers' home meets were being held at Wheaton Regional Park. However, this year Wheaton was not available, so the Blazers ran all of their meets at other schools, never really having the "home advantage."
The boys' team placed 11th at counties and 9th at regionals, which didn't qualify them for states. Junior Ryan Holland individually qualified for states when he ran a 17:22 minute race, his best time ever, at regionals. Holland then went on to get 38th place overall at states, where he ran the fastest time of any Blair boy ever at the Hereford course. The last boy to qualify for states individually was in 2013.
Holland accredited most of his success to his coaches and his team. "They really pushed me to run as fast as possible, to be strong and never give up," Holland said. Senior captain Dominic Massimino agreed with Holland. "We really persevered this year. We also had a lot of good underclassmen like Nate Kinyanjui, and Leah Kannan step up for us."
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