Training for a state championship is never easy. Add in the aftereffects of a superstorm and it becomes significantly more difficult. But that's what Long Island boys and girls were faced with this week in preparation for yesterday's cross country state championships at Elma Meadows in upstate Elma.
"The challenges of the last two weeks made any sort of training for the state meet very difficult," Syosset coach Bart Sessa said.
Despite the challenges, many LI athletes preformed well.
Manhasset's Stephen Bourguet placed sixth in the Class B individual race, finishing the 5K in 16 minutes, 6.3 seconds. Bourguet's finish marked the highest individual LI result, according to NYSPHSAA results.
Walt Whitman's Zach Cammer was 11th in the Class A individual race, finishing in 15:57.6.
"I was very proud of his performance today with all the disruptions," Walt Whitman coach Rob Conroy said of Cammer. "It's been a crazy two weeks."
Class A featured a number of local runners in the top 25. Northport's Mike Branigan placed 14th, Walt Whitman's Michael Damato finished 16th, Northport's James Dickinson came in 17th, Ward Melville's Vincent Cicale finished 20th; North Port's Alex Kramer placed 21st, and Syosset's Ryan Depinto finished 22nd.
Stony Brook's Jake Brummeler had the highest Long Island Class D individual finish, clocking 17:42.2 and placing 37th.
Miller Place's Tiana Guevara finished highest among female runners; placing second in Class B. Guevara ran the 5K in 18:28.8.
Hampton Bays' Shanna Heaney finished tenth in Class C. Margot Rashba finished highest among Class D, placing 35th.
Five LI teams finished in the top 10. Northport placed sixth in Class A. Syosset placed seventh. In Class B, Garden City finished fourth. Mattituck placed fourth in Class C and Stony Brook placed ninth in Class D.