June 14, 2016 — GFHS student-athlete Chris Hughes took Division 2 fourth place in the 3200M race at the Track and Field State Championships!
“He was able to break his own school record by six seconds, running a 9.16.13,” said track and field coach Dan Perry. The New York State Public High School Athletics Association championship meet was held at Cicero-North Syracuse High School June 10-11, 2016.
“Chris is one of the hardest working and dedicated athletes that I have coached, in any sport, over my twenty years of coaching," Coach Perry continued.
Fans are likely to see Chris on the state championship podium again. “We are looking forward to him running for two more years, as he is only a sophomore,” said Coach Perry.
This weekend's state meet capped a year full of success for Chris and his fellow Glens Falls runners. The Indians Cross Country team won the Section 2 title for the first time in 38 years this fall. Chris led Glens Falls in the Sectional championships, by finishing second individually, covering the 3.05-mile course in 16 minutes, 17.22 seconds. Senior Nick Lee was fourth in 16:32.76.
Then at the Section 2 championship meet for Indoor Track on February 20th, Chris had TWO first-place finishes, taking the Section title in the boys’ 1000 Meter Run (2:43.66) and the boys’ 1600 Meter Run (4:36.95). Nick had a great day as well, taking fourth in the 1000 (2:56.94) and first in the Boys 3200 Meter Run (10:14.28) for a Sectional championship.
Even with his success on the track, "more importantly, Chris is a kind and humble young man who excels in the classroom as well,” said Coach Perry.
His academic efforts, along with those of his teammates, helped the Boys Outdoor Track team earn scholar-athlete status for this season, with a total team grade-point average of 90.25.