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On This Day In History | 1981

November 7, 2010

The ’81 County Champs | Coach Marvin Goldberg (1st on left), Murray (2nd from left), Stahl (4th from left), Dee (6th from left) & Whitney (2nd from right)

The 1981 girls cross country season was the best since the sport’s inception in 1977.  4 seniors, 4-time All-American Laura Whitney, Elke Dee, Lisa Murray and Andrea Stahl, led the team to a fantastic regular season, their only loss coming to the perennial State Champions, Miller Place.  From there the girls took home the Class C County Title for the 1st time in program history, giving them a berth in the New York State Meet.  On November 7, 1981 amid the year’s first major snowfall in Malone, NY, the team finished in 7th place while Whitney won an unprecedented 4th individual State Championship, a mark unequaled until Saratoga’s Erin Davis accomplished the feat in 1996.  To this day they are the only two runners, male or female, in New York State history to have won 4 titles.  During the first major snowfall of the year, Whitney cruised to a 25 second victory on the Malone Golf Course in 21:11.3, the 4th best time of the day among all classes, giving her a 4th title alongside her crowns from 1977-1979.  The win helped alleviate the disappointment of her 4th place finish the previous year.

Girls Class C Championship

  1. Laura Whitney | 11 | Stony Brook | 21.11.3
  2. Marypat Lindner | 1 | Hastings | 21:36.9
  3. Brenda Kirk | 4 | Candor | 21:48.5
  4. Tricia Woods | 10 | Tupper Lake | 22:02.8
  5. Jackie Platt | 4 | Unatego | 22:11.6




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