Analysis: The defending Nike Cross Nationals champions lost seniors McKinley and Sheridan Wheeler, who were important pieces to the team's success, but No. 1 Emily Bush returns, along with four others: Anya Belisle, Alycia Hart, Heidi Berglund and Natalie Wilding.
Saratoga Springs won't be the overwhelming powerhouse that it was before, but the team will still be in contention for all kinds of trophies, including New York state and NXR regional hardware and even NXN.
Bush was among the leaders last year who led Kinetic to a New York state title, a New York region win and the team's latest NXN trophy, following their last win in 2019 -- the race did not take place in 2020 or 2021. Saratoga Springs returns into the 2023 season with the 20th-best returning average of 18:28.42.
Saratoga Springs will bring into the lineup the likes of Katie Turner (junior), Tong Ang (freshman) and Alyssa Connors (junior).
MileSplit Girls Team National Rankings Countdown
DATE - TEAM
|25||Aug. 29 -- Northwest Nelson (TX)|
|24||Aug. 29 -- Minnetonka (MN)|
|23||Aug. 29 -- Assumption (KY)|
|22||Aug. 29 -- Rancho Cucamonga (CA)|
|21||Aug. 29 -- Los Altos (CA)|
|20||Aug. 30 -- Campolindo (CA)|
|19||Aug. 31 -- North Allegheny (PA)|
|18||Sept. 1 -- Ventura (CA)|
|17||Sept. 2 -- Boise Senior (ID)|
|16||Sept. 3 -- Lucas Lovejoy (TX)|
|15||Sept. 5 -- American Fork (UT)|
|14||Sept. 6 -- The Webb School (TN)|
|13||Sept. 7 -- JSerra Catholic (CA)|
|12||Sept. 7 -- Portland Jesuit (OR)|
|11||Sept. 7 -- Elmhurst York (IL)|
|10||Sept. 7 -- Southlake Carroll (TX)|
|9||Sept. 8 -- Mt. Prospect (IL)|
|8||Sept. 8 -- Mountain Vista (CO)|
|7||Sept. 8 -- Saratoga Springs (NY)|
|6||Sept. 8 -- Cuthbertson (NC)|
|5||Sept. 9 -- Flower Mound (TX)|
|4||Sept. 9 -- Air Academy (CO)|
|3||Sept. 9 -- Lone Peak (UT)|
|2||Sept. 9 -- Buchanan (CA)|
|1||Sept. 9 -- Niwot (CO)|