Academic All Star - Max Straneva

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 20, 2010 Updated Jul 20, 2010 at 3:23 PM EDT

The high school cross country meet really heats up in the next few weeks with the conference meets and the section four meet the first week in November.
And that's just the time of year that Chenango Valley senior Max Straneva lives for.
Justin Horowitz tries to keep up with this week's Academic All Star.
"I didn't really think I'd be good at like football or anything because I'm not exactly that big so I just decided to go out for the cross country team."

He hasn't stopped running since.
Chenango Valley senior Max Straneva is the defending Class "C" State Champion and finished 11th at the high school nationals.
On this day he's out for a nice, leisurely 17-mile run, bitter punishment to most, a good time to Max...
Which leads to plenty of amazement from his friends.

"I get pretty much anything you could really think of, why do you do it, how are you good at it, I don't know. I really don't know to answer most of them, it's just something I like to do."

"He's just cool. He's never too high, never too low. Always calm, always keeps things in perspective."
Max's commitment to running carries over to the classroom as well.
He hopes to have a career in exercise science or something else that has to do with running.
Back outside, it's never a problem finding Max.
He's normally the one in front, but always the guy in the shades.
"Yeah, I've had them since seventh grade, it's pretty much how everyone remembers me, the kid with the shades and everything, so, I don't know, it just keeps the sun out and I need them to see."
Max has his immediate sights set on another state title.
Long-term, his goals are a lot bigger, like national championships and even the Olympics.
"I want to be the best in the nation, so, that's not an easy thing to do, but if I keep working at it, it might just happen."
So maybe the red, white and blue is in his future, but for now, Max Straneva is this week's Academic All Star.
In Hillcrest, Justin Horowitz, Action Sports.

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