When Joe Biddy began to describe Sarah Adler, the Suffern track and field coach barely paused before offering a prime example of his standout senior’s competitive streak.
Biddy detailed last winter’s Bishop Loughlin Games, where Adler ran the 600-meter race against stiff competition and finished by diving across the finish line, collecting a number of scrapes and bruises.
“She was running against monstrous-looking people, city kids with great credentials,” Biddy said. “She didn’t give up the lead until the last 10 yards and finished second.”
Adler, this week’s Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week, is headed to Northeastern on a field hockey scholarship but runs the leadoff leg of the Mounties’ successful 1,600 relay.
“I want to stick with the 4×4 team,” Adler said. “I’m not entering the state qualifiers in the 600. I want to run a fresh leg in the 4×4. That’s our main focus, and the goal of that team is to place high in the actual state meet.”
The Mounties’ 1,600 relay set a county -record time of 3 minutes, 51.5 seconds on Jan. 16 in the Millrose Games trials at The Armory.
“She’s the best leadoff runner I’ve ever had,” Biddy said. “She loves the leadoff leg, and most kids don’t want any part of her. Her M.O. is that she buries the opponent. Frankly, she’s a great kid, and I think she’s the best athlete in Suffern High School.”
The A.P. scholar and National Honor Society member also has a 3.86 GPA.
In her final field hockey season, Adler had 16 goals and 14 assists, including the goal that sent the Section 1 Class A championship against Mamaroneck into overtime and the winning goal against Kingston in regional play. The Mounties went on to beat Mamaroneck to claim the sectional title, the first by a Rockland school in field hockey.
“That was the best season I could have asked for in my senior year,” Adler said. “I finished my time with Suffern field hockey by making history for Suffern. I look back on it now and I miss it so much.”