For the third consecutive season, Hampton Bays senior Nick Berglin has qualified for the New York State Cross Country Championships. This time he placed third overall in the Class C 5K race at the Section XI Championships, otherwise known as the state qualifier, held on Friday at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park.
Berglin finished the course in 17:54, nearly a minute behind Port Jefferson senior James Burke and less than 20 seconds behind Port Jefferson junior Justin Julich. The state meet will be run this Saturday, November 8, at the SUNY campus in Canton, New York. Berglin finished last year’s state run 29th place, crossing the finish line in 16:47.
Since it won the overall race, Southampton was able to qualify seven of its runners for the state meet. That meant that the next top five runners qualified. Hampton Bays’ Christian Berglin, Nick’s twin brother, just missed the cut, finishing 10th overall in 18:37, and, therefore, he will not be competing upstate.
“Chris had the last spot locked up going into the final 800 meters of the race,” Hampton Bays head coach Fran Arato said. “But in the final 400 meters, [Port Jeff’s Parker Schoch] caught up to him and passed him.
“Chris was disappointed,” he added. “We all thought he had a good shot. He was only 10 seconds off his personal best, so it’s not like he ran a horrible race.”
Tyler Fay Consolo, a sophomore who transferred to Hampton Bays from the Martin Luther High School in Queens in the middle of this season, finished 19th overall in 19:33.
The Lady Baymen did not qualify anyone for the state meet, although the top three girls who finished ran personal best times. Chloe Haynes was the first runner in for Hampton Bays at 25:08, which placed her 25th in Class C. Erika Meindl was next in at 25:17 and she was followed by Stacey Lattimore, who finished in 25:23. Taylor Dunn crossed the finish line in 26:27, Alyssa Ortiz finished in 26:28 and Christina Pasca finished in 26:34.
Sophomore Taylor McClay qualified for the state meet for the second consecutive season with a fourth-place finish at the state qualifier on Friday. She finished the Class A 5K in 19:32, which was good enough for fifth overall in Suffolk County. McClay finished 24th upstate last season in 18:30.
As a team, the ESM girls did well, placing sixth out of 17 teams. The Lady Sharks ran their fastest average time at the state qualifier at 21:11.49. Dallas Cooley placed 32nd in 21:11, Ashley Schafer finished 46th in 21:30 and Jordyn Biskup ran to a 54th-place finish, crossing the finish line in 21:47.
The ESM boys finished ninth out of 24 Class A schools and were led by Dom DeAngelis, who finished 28th in 17:40, which did not qualify him for states but did earn him Third Team All-County status. Ryan Corbett finished the race in 47th place in 17:50, and Brandon Turbush finished in 17:58, good enough for 59th.
DeAngelis, who also earned All-Division and First Team All-League honors this season, is graduating along with Josh Spivak in June.
The Hurricanes finished seventh out of nine teams in Class B in Friday’s state qualifier. They were led by Jack Ryan, who took 14th place in 17:58. Alex Patricolo placed 26th, crossing in 18:32.
The Lady Hurricanes competed with a few injured runners last week. Jenny Jordan (sprained ankle) and Kaitlyn Brierton (partially torn calf muscle) have both been running hurt these past few weeks, but still managed to compete. Jordan actually led the Lady Canes, finishing 30th overall in 22:19, while Brierton finished 37th in 22:46.