Westhampton Beach senior Jack Ryan fell just a bit short of his ultimate goal of reaching the New York State Federation Cross Country Championships this past weekend.
Ryan placed 37th in 16:48 in the Class B 5K race of the state meet, which was Saturday at Chenango Valley State Park in Chenango Forks, which is just north of Binghamton. Ryan had said that his goal all year long was to reach the Federation race, which rounds up runners from all schools in the state—public, private, Catholic and New York City schools—in one race, which is Saturday, November 19, at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, New York.
Nathan Lawler, a junior from Pittsford/Mendon High School (Section V-Genesee Valley) won the Class B race in 15:30.3, almost a full 30 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Garden City senior Trevor Marchart (Section VIII-Nassau County) was the first Long Island runner to finish, placing 11th in 16:21.2, and Miller Place senior Tom Schott was the first Suffolk County runner to cross the finish line at 16:36.4, good enough for 26th.