For the second consecutive season, Eastport South Manor senior Tom Meehan will be making a trip to the New York State Cross Country Championships after placing fifth out of 155 runners at the Section XI State Qualifier at Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park on Saturday. States will be run upstate at Queensbury High School on Saturday.
The state qualifier was originally scheduled for Friday but was rained out and postponed until the next day. The change didn’t seem to affect Meehan, who finished in 16:43.26, a personal best at the new 5K course at Sunken Meadow. Meehan’s time was also 10 seconds faster than his time at divisionals two weeks ago.
As a squad, ESM, which head coach Mike Doyle said is the smallest Class A school in the county, finished 12th out of 23 teams. Northport, which swept the top three spots in the race, won the county title and, therefore, will be sending its top seven runners to states. Meehan was the second at-large runner to make it to states, finishing just behind Sachem East senior Trevor Guerrera.
ESM freshman Ryan Corbett finished 40th overall in 18:16.10, a personal best and, like Meehan, 10 seconds faster than his time at divisionals. Corbett was the third fastest freshman in Class A.
ESM freshman Taylor McClay will be heading to states for the first time in her young career after placing second out of 126 runners in the girls Class A race, also held Saturday at Sunken Meadow. She finished in 19:54.63.
Sophomore Alex DeCicco placed 13th overall in 20:47.77, but will not be making the trip upstate with McClay.
The ESM girls, like the boys, are the smallest Class A school and finished sixth out of 17 teams in the county. Northport won the county title.
Nicole Navan, a freshman, started off the season 10th on the Lady Sharks roster but finished the season third after crossing the tape 47th overall in 22:20.76. Senior Betsy Spellman also ran well finishing in 23:00, which placed her 72nd.
Hampton Bays junior Nick Berglin is also making his second appearance at states after placing third overall out of 44 runners in the Class C race on Saturday at Sunken Meadow. He finished in 18:19.90.
Nick’s twin brother, Christian, did not qualify for states after placing 14th overall in 19:54.73.
The postponement hurt the Lady Baymen, who wound up only having three finish the race on Saturday and were without their head coach, Dave Oakley, who had a family obligation. Also, two runners were not able to make the race because of the postponement, and then Christina Pasca and Cameron Heaney both couldn’t finish because of sicknesses/injuries. Heaney is the team’s top runner.
Taylor Dunn wound up being the top finisher for the Lady Baymen. She finished 19th out of 36 runners in 24:39.79. Stacey Lattimore crossed the finish line in 25:13.31, which placed her 24th, and Sam Thompson came in at 26:08.38, which placed her 26th.
Both the Westhampton Beach boys and girls competed in the state qualifier but none of the runners qualified for states.