Mt. Ararat senior Grady Satterfield has his senior cross-country season off to a fast start. Satterfield opened his season at the Scott Laliberte Invitational on August 27th with a dominating performance that saw him cover the 4k course in the second-fastest time in meet history with his 13:08.95, only recent Brunswick standout and current University of Pennsylvania runner Will Shaughnessy has run faster (13:01). At the KVAC opening season meet at Edward Little on Friday, Satterfield once again ran to a dominant victory, this time running 16:28 for 5k with a 3:27 margin of victory. According to our MileSplit database that is the fastest time ever run on the Edward Little xc course surpassing the 16:31 mark run by Kelton Cullenberg of Mt Blue back in 2009.
We caught up with Grady at the beginning of the week to chat about his run at Laliberte, and what is to come for the rest of fall. The senior said that he really dedicated himself this past summer for the first time focused on training and recovery. He said his training was based on effort and how he was feeling with the theme of easy days easy, and hard days hard.
Satterfield has high expectations but his main goal is to have fun, along with helping guide the young Mt. Ararat team. Looking ahead to college, Grady says he doesn't want to go too far from home and plans to stay in the Northeast while planning on studying finance.
Throughout his high school career, Grady has excelled. As a freshman, he ran a best of 16:59 to finish 26th at the Class A cross-country championship he followed that up with a strong second-year campaign as he improved to 16:21 for 5k, and placed 8th at the state meet helping his Mt. Ararat team to the team title. Last year he ran a 15:54 personal best for 5k at Brunswick and finished as the runner-up at the KVAC South state qualifying meet. Look for Satterfield to continue to excel at the highest level this fall.
Top Five Performances All-time 4k course at Laliberte Invitational
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Top Five Performances all-time at Edward Little