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Germano garners cross-country victories

ALBANY, N.Y. (Oct. 24, 2012) – Runner Philo Germano on Wednesday continued his streak as Albany High School’s own Mr. October, finishing first in the Big 10 cross-country championships.

 

The win was the latest in a string that began early in the month.

 

On Oct. 6, the senior beat his own best time, clocked the best time of the day and won the Division II race at the 74th Everett T. Grout Memorial Cross Country Invitational in Schenectady’s Central Park. He knocked off 34 seconds from his 2011 winning time, finishing the 2.75 mile course in 13:30.15 – roughly a 4.55-minute mile. He led Section II and everyone else competing that day, running 26 seconds faster than his fastest opponent.

 

A week later, he ran the Manhattan Invitational’s 2.5-mile course in 12:48, once again beating out his Section II competitors and finishing with one of the fastest times in Big 10 history. On Oct. 16, he breezed past runners from Bishop Gibbons and Schenectady with a 13:53 at the 2.8-mile Washington Park course, and on Oct. 22, he won the Albany County Cross Country meet at the 3.04-mile Colonie Town Park course in 16:05.

 

Ahead are the Big 10 championship meet today and the Section II championships on Nov. 2, both in Saratoga Spa State Park.

 

If Germano's October mojo continues and he places among the top finishers at sectionals next week, he is guaranteed a berth in the New York State Public High School Athletic Association state championships, slated for Nov. 10 in western New York.

 

Last year Germano went to states after finishing seventh among runners from the Capital Region’s largest schools and 12th overall out of 572 runners from all area schools. He was the first member of the Albany High boys' cross-country team to make it to states since 1996.

 

At states, he finished 51 out of 107 runners in the large-school division.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to successfully compete in the global community by providing an academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents, students and the community. The district serves about 8,600 students in 15 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

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