Cross Country Teams Have Sights On League Titles

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As of Monday, several local cross country teams were in the running for league titles.

The East Hampton boys improved to 3-0 in League VI with a 15-45 win over Miller Place on October 7, while the Southampton boys moved to 4-0 in League VII with a 23-32 win over Hampton Bays at Red Creek Park on the same day.

The Lady Mariners beat Hampton Bays, 15-50, on the same day, moving to 3-1 on the year, and still had a shot at winning a share of the league title after Center Moriches knocked off undefeated Mattituck, the only team that had beaten the Lady Mariners this year.

Both Southampton squads were set to face last-place Mercy at Indian Island on Tuesday, October 14. Results from that meet will be in next week’s edition of The Press. Wins on Tuesday would wrap up league titles for both teams.

The girls have never won a league title in cross country, according to head coach Eddie Arnold, while it would be the first league title for the boys since 2004.

For the East Hampton boys team, the league title rested on the outcome of a joint meet on Tuesday involving the Bonackers, Westhampton Beach, Bayport/Blue Point and Shoreham/Wading River.

Southampton

In the win over Hampton Bays, the boys team was led by senior captain Kyle Vella, Spencer Crough, Sebastian Hunter-Cuyjet, Ryan McCabe, Michael Minogue, Ricardo Chino and Charlie Bedard. Nick Magnini, Chino, Hunter-Cuyjet, Crough and Vella all had personal-best finishes, although their times were not available at press time.

The girls swept the top five spots in their dominant win, with captain Michele Abatangelo, Annie Connolly-Sporing, Gabby Gavalas and Iwona Rokosz all setting personal-best times.

At the Suffolk Track Officials Meet at Sunken Meadow on Saturday, the Southampton boys team finished second overall with 70 points, trailing only Commack (32 points). Spencer Crough was fifth overall on the 5K course, in 18:03, while Hunter-Cuyjet was eighth (18:13), Ryan McCabe was 15th (18:37), and Vella was 22nd (19:00).

Several other Southampton runners competed in the Westhampton Beach Invitational at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays on October 9. Ted Jennings, Jeffery Zambrano, Daniel Quezada, Josh Reyes and Ryan McMahon all had personal-best times for the boys, while Annie Connolly Sporing, Ashley Aquino, Riplee Mercer, and Hannah Connolly Sporing had personal bests for the girls,

East Hampton

In the East Hampton boys cross country team’s win over Miller Place, the Bonackers took the top five spots on the three-mile course at Sunken Meadow. Erik Engstrom won the race, in 16:31, followed by Josh Dempsey (17:15), Thomas Paradiso (17:31), Jackson Rafferty (17:32), and Geo Espinoza (17:40). Eric Perez finished in 17:50 for East Hampton.

The East Hampton freshman team took first place in the 1.55-mile race at the Westhampton Beach Invitational on Thursday, October 9, taking first, second, fourth, seventh and eighth places. Espinoza won the race, in 8:29, followed by Robert Weiss (9:02), Anthony Franzone (9:14), Xavier McCormack, and Robby Crecuda.

The varsity squad competed in the Manhattan College Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx on Saturday, taking 11th out of 28 schools in the ‘A’ race. Engstrom was eighth overall, in 13:06, on the 2.5-mile course, the best finish among Suffolk County runners on the day.

The Lady Bonackers fell to 1-4 in League VI with a 20-41 loss to Bayport/Blue Point last week. Additional information was not available.

Pierson

The Pierson girls cross country team beat both the Knox School (15-50) and Southold (15-47) on Knox’s home 5K course in Smithtown last week to remain unbeaten in League VIII this season at 4-0.

Pierson took the top six spots on the day, led by Hannah Jungck, who remained unbeaten on the season with a time of 20:50. Caroline Jungck, Phoebe Miller, Alaina Goggin, and Arlena Burns took second through fifth places.

The boys defeated Knox, 15-50, with Andrew Roberts taking first against Knox and fourth overall. Angelo Toscano and Harrison Yardley also scored points for Pierson (1-3).

On October 3, the teams competed in the St. Anthony’s Invitational at Sunken Meadow. Hannah Jungck finished 13th out of 120 runners with a time 21:50. Caroline Jungck finished 25th (22:43). Jack Schleicher (20:54) and Andrew Roberts (21:10) led the boys.

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