The Eastport South Manor boys and girls cross country teams placed third in their respective Division III Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park on October 21. Both squads had already qualified for the Section XI, or Suffolk County, Championships, which are scheduled for this Friday, October 31, back at Sunken Meadow, and start at 1 p.m.
Ryan Corbett was the first Shark to cross the finish line in the boys race. He finished in a personal best 17:32, which placed him fifth in Division III and 24th in the county. Dom DeAngelis also ran a personal best time of 17:40, which gave him eighth place in the division and 30th in the county.
Overall the Sharks placed 10th in the county out of 50 schools, which head coach Mike Doyle said is pretty good considering that three of his five top runners did not have great times. Bayport/Blue Point won Division III while East Hampton took second place.
Corbett won the sophomore race at the Freshman/Sophomore Championships, which were held at Sunken Meadow on October 20. He finished in 16:27. Sam Havens also took home a medal by finishing in 18:18, good enough for 30th place. Ethan McCormac placed 15th in the freshman race, crossing the finish line in 18:38.
Taylor McClay, as she’s done all season, led the Lady Sharks in their division race last week. She placed eighth in the division and county after crossing in 19:55. Ashley Schafer also earned All-County status by placing 28th in the county, 27th in the division, in 20:49.
ESM placed behind Bay Shore and Northport, that latter of which won the division championship. Overall in the county, the Lady Sharks are ranked seventh.
“That’s pretty much where we were last year. Our goal is to try and take one of those top seven teams out this weekend,” ESM girls head coach Brian Methven said. “We’re realistic in the fact that we’re not going to win the county title, but we’d like to put ourselves in a good position for next year.”
Nick Berglin of Hampton Bays won the Division IV Championships with a time of 17:43, which placed him 35th overall in Suffolk County. His twin brother, Christian, placed fifth overall in the division, 104th in the county, in 18:38.
A few of the Hampton Bays’ boys cross country team runners also competed in the Run For Ridley 5K in Riverhead on Saturday. Nick Berglin won the event in 17:10, Christian Berglin placed second in 17:37 and Tyler Consolo placed third in 17:51.
Chloe Haynes took 14th in the girls Division IV race in 25:46. Her teammate, Christina Pasca, came in right after her at 25:51. Erika Meindl placed 21st overall in 25:58; Stacey Lattimore finished 23rd in 26:02; and Taylor Dunn rounded out the top 25 in 26:14.
Both Hampton Bays squads will be at the Section XI Championships this Friday.
The Westhampton Beach boys cross country team finished seventh in the Division III Team Qualifying race and qualified for this Friday’s Section XI Championships in the process.
Jack Ryan placed second in 17:41 while Alex Patricolo took fifth in 18:08 at last week’s competition.