Mike Brannigan finishes second in state Class A cross country

Mike Brannigan, left, of Northport, races against Bryce

Mike Brannigan, left, of Northport, races against Bryce Miller, of Fayettville-Manlius, during the Class A Cross Country State Championships at Queensbury. (Nov. 9, 2013) (Credit: Shannon DeCelle)

Two of Long Island's top runners came up just short of a title at the state cross country championships, held Saturday at Queensbury High School. Northport's Mike Brannigan finished second in the Class A race, finishing the 5k in 15 minutes, 6.6 seconds, missing a title by three-tenths of a second. Shoreham-Wading River's Ryan Udvadia placed second in the Class B race in 15:19.3.

"The race kicked in the home straight away," Brannigan said. "I was behind Mickey Burke from Rush-Henrietta and Bryce Miller from Fayetteville-Manlius. I knew I could beat Burke. Bryce and I were neck and neck at the finish line."

Northport finished second to Fayetteville-Manlius in the Class A race, scoring 61 points. The finish was their highest in school history at the state championships, coach Jason Strom said. Tim McGowan placed 11th in 15:26.

"It's amazing to be part of this program," McGowan said. "We were able to pull it together on a big day. We still feel like we can always do more, but we were right where we wanted to be."

Commack's Joshua Hadity also netted a top 25 finish, placing 24th in 15:51.3.

Syosset finished fourth in Class A, scoring 124 points. Tyler Italiano placed 34th overall in 15:58.8. Simon Nwana was 44th in 16:12.1.

Shoreham-Wading River, led by Udvadia, placed fifth in the Class B race. Matt Gladysz was the second Wildcat to come in, finishing 40th in 16:21.4. Miller Place's Jeremy Miekley finished 10th in 15:52.2. Islip's Mike Watts was 16th in 15:57.2. Mount Sinai's Daniel Connelly was 19th in 15:58.7. South Side's Kieran McCarthy finished 32nd in 16:17.

Wantagh was ninth in the Class B team competition. Andrew Bloniarz was the Warriors' highest finisher, running the race in 16:52.3.

Port Jefferson's James Burke finished third in the Class C race, clocking a 15:59.9. Port Jefferson finished fifth in the team competition. Justin Julich was the second the Royals to place, coming in 48th in 17:13.3.

East Rockaway's Jonathan Schloth was 12th in 16:16.2. Friends Academy's Glenn Lostritto finished 27th in 16:46.6. Hampton Bays' Nicholas Berglin placed 29th in 16:47.9.

Stony Brook finished 10th in the Class D race. Jacob Brummeler finished 43rd in 17:20. Senior Ayan Mandal finished in 17:57.7.

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