Sharks Cross Country Has Been On A Roll For Quite Some Time

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The Eastport South Manor boys cross country team has been a stalwart in League V for a few years now. The Sharks are 13-0 dating back to early September 2011, and are 18-1 since September 2010, when their last loss came to Kings Park.

This season seems to be no different for ESM, which is 4-0 after defeating both Comsewogue and Bellport in a tri-meet on October 1 at Sunken Meadow Park in Kings Park. ESM defeated Comsewogue, 15-48, and narrowly defeated Bellport, 25-30, with the low score winning.

ESM head coach Mike Doyle said his team is beginning to think an undefeated dual-meet season could be on the horizon—but it’s going to come down to the wire. ESM still has to face a tough Islip team, and Harborfields, whom the Sharks face the last week of the season, is also currently undefeated at 3-0.

“It’s going to get really tough,” Doyle said. “We knew coming into the season that Bellport, Islip and Harborfields were going to be tough. And we had to run our best against Bellport. We’ll have to do that and better the next two weeks.”

Tom Meehan won the race against Comesewogue and Bellport, finishing in 15:52. Ryan Corbett finished in 16:35, which placed him second against Comsewogue and third against Bellport. Dom DeAngelis was the third runner in for ESM, the first time he was able to do that this season. He finished in 17:09.

The ESM girls cross country team is keeping pace with its male counterparts. The Lady Sharks defeated Rocky Point, 15-50, at Sunken Meadow on October 1 and improved to 3-0 in League V. According to head coach Brian Methven, the girls cross country program has never had an undefeated season. “We feel confident we could go undefeated,” he said.

Taylor McClay has led the Lady Sharks all season long, and she continued to do so in the meet against Rocky Point. She won the race, in 18:31, and was followed in by teammate Alex DeCicco, who finished in 19:17. Ashley Schafer, Danielle Venturino and Jackie Wasilko all came in around 21:20.

Westhampton Beach

The Westhampton Beach boys cross country team evened its record at 2-2 with a 21-38 victory over Sayville at Sunken Meadow on October 1.

Alex Patricolo won the race, in 17:06, while Jimmy Jordan finished third, in 17:34. Jack Ryan finished fourth, in 17:40, and David Nowak finished fifth, in 17:58.

The Hurricanes competed at the Tom Knipfing Memorial Invitational at Fireman’s Field in Ridge on Friday and took fourth place out of 12 teams in the Varsity ‘B’ race. Graham Brown placed 10th overall out of 126 runners, in 17:42. Patricolo finished 13th, in 18:02. Ryan finished the 1.7-mile freshman run in 9:51, good enough for fifth place out of 103 runners.

The Westhampton Beach girls cross country team picked up its first dual-meet victory in a 15-40 win over Comsewogue at Sunken Meadow on October 1. Grace Gilbakian and Jennifer Jordan both crossed the finish line first, at 21:12, then Kaitlyn Brierton (21:40), Bryanna Gristina (22:47) and Daniela Campino (22:53) took the third- through fifth-place spots in the race for the Lady Hurricanes.

The Lady Canes also went to the Tom Knipfing Invitational and finished sixth out of nine teams in the Varsity ‘B’ race and fourth overall in the freshman 1.7-mile run. Gilbakian finished 12th out of 86 runners in the varsity race, in 22:34. Jennifer Jordan placed third overall out of 66 runners in the freshman run, in 10:55. Brierton placed fifth overall, in 11:11.

Hampton Bays

The Hampton Bays boys cross country team is 2-2 after splitting its tri-meet with Elwood/John Glenn and Southampton at its home course at Red Creek Park on October 1. The Baymen defeated Glenn, 26-29, but lost, 26-37, to Southampton.

Nick Berglin won the race, in 18:25, while his brother, Christian, finished third. The Baymen took the next five spots against Glenn. Southampton, though, had too much depth in the middle of its lineup, Hampton Bays head coach Fran Arato said, which led to the win for the Mariners.

Nick Berglin finished seventh overall out of 126 runners at the Tom Knipfing Invitational. He finished in 17:28. Hampton Bays placed fourth overall in the freshman run. Chris Downs placed seventh out of 103 runners, in 9:56, and Dan Ruiz finished ninth, in 9:59.

The Hampton Bays girls cross country team is still searching for its first dual-meet victory after suffering a 25-30 loss to Southampton at Red Creek on October 1. Cameron Heaney, who took a spill during the race, slowing her down, placed third, in 26:10; Christina Pasca placed fourth, in 26:13; and Samantha Thompson placed fifth, in 26:31. Hampton Bays finished up with Taylor Dunn taking eighth place, in 28:06; Wendy Velez taking 10th place, in 29:01; and Stacey Lattimore finishing 11th, in 29:04.

The Lady Baymen are missing the presence of Shanna Heaney, who graduated last season and is now running at Fordham University.

“I have a young squad,” Hampton Bays head coach Dave Oakley said. “They’re improving dramatically. We just have some tough opponents in our league.”

Pasca finished 13th overall in the freshman run at the Tom Knipfing Invitational. She finished in 11:51.

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