Yesterday, we unveiled the course walkthrough for the 2017 NYSPHSAA State Championships for Cross Country. For the first time ever, it is being held at Wayne High School, in Section 5. It is also the penultimate time the State Meet will be awarded based on a rotating schedule. After the meet lands in Sunken Meadow in 2018, then Plattsburgh in 2019, the selection process will move to a bid system, where a Section can bid for the meet for a term of three years. The meet doesn't have to stay at the same site for those three years, but will be located within that Section.
So what better time than to look back and reflect? We polled a handful of coaches from across the state, who combine for a collective 100+ appearances at the State Championships over the past decade and beyond. We asked, simply, which course was your favorite, and why? See if your favorite made the list, then check out the full break down of every location ever used, in the meets current format. Enjoy!
Coaches Poll: What Was Your Favorite XC State Meet Course Of All Time?
"I'd have to give it to Sunken Meadow. The course is great for spectators, it's wide open, and it has some decent hills, without them being overkill. It just seems to have a nice balance of everything, a good starting area, nice finish, and plenty of parking."
Dan Doherty, Pearl River (Sec. 1) - 30+ State Meets
Jim MItchell, Bronxville (Sec. 1)
"The course at Warwick had one of the best starts and finishes for a state meet. It was also very spectator friendly. You can say almost the same thing about the VVS State Meet course."
Bill Aris, FM (Sec. 3)
Rich Bernstein, Ithaca (Sec. 4)
"I like tough courses that really test fitness and mental toughness. My top courses include Lake Placid 1998 and the Van Courtlandt Park 5k. I really like the Elma Meadows Golf Course , but we haven't been able to run on it since 2012. It's a great, tough, spectator friendly course on a golf course. How do you beat that?
Next to that I would say the Monroe-Woodbury course. Definitely the toughest course ever with it's hill at the mile and three at the two mile mark. Maybe a little excessive and I never thought I would say that about a course. M-W really separated the levels of competition. You couldn't fake it there. And of course any time we can bring home double state titles that's going to be a coach's favorite."
Walt McLaughlin, East Aurora (Sec. 6)
Daniel Schaub, Sachem East (Sec. 11)