North Shore's Nadel leads the pack

North Shore's Samantha Nadel won the Millrose invitational

North Shore's Samantha Nadel won the Millrose invitational mile in 4 minutes, 46.11 seconds, the fastest time in the nation this season. (Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

There isn't much that North Shore's Samantha Nadel hasn't accomplished during her four years of cross country.

The senior won the Class B state championship a week after running to a first-place finish at the Nassau County championship.

But it's never been about individual accolades at North Shore, though. Team success comes first. Nadel was more concerned with her teammates sweeping the top three spots and leading North Shore to its second straight state championship and the Vikings' finish at the regional and national championships then her state title.

There was also North Shore winning its 50th straight League meet and its fourth consecutive overall Nassau County championship.

"Our goal was to peak at the big meets at the end of the season," Nadel said in reference to the Nike Regional and Nike Cross Nationals. The Vikings took third at the regional and ninth at the nationals.

Although the desired result wasn't achieved, Nadel lauded her teammates and reflected on the positives.

"We were a little bit disappointed with how we finished," said Nadel. "We wanted to finish a little bit higher at both meets, most importantly at nationals . . . But finishing top ten in the country you can't complain."

Nadel's running mates Brianna Nerud (17), Jessica Donohue (77) and Elizabeth Caldwell (91) each finished in the top 100 at the nationals.

As for Nadel and her personal goals, she said she was satisfied with winning the state title, but would've liked to have fared better at the nationals. Nadel, whose career accomplishments include winning the mile run at the Millrose Games last year, was 10th out of 196 runners at the nationals.

"I wish I could have raced a little smarter," said Nadel, who held the lead for a portion of the race. "But considering what I did, I'm happy with my place."

Right now, her place among Long Island's cross country greats is well established.

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