Boys cross country preview

Bayport-Blue Point's Adam LaFemina takes second place in

Bayport-Blue Point's Adam LaFemina takes second place in the boys Varsity "A" 5K. (Sept. 22, 2012) (Credit: George A. Faella)

SUFFOLK / CLASS A

Whitman seniors Zach Cammer and Michael Damato are two of Suffolk's best, with James Vallar and Brian Windisch close behind.

Most of Northport's top seven is back, including James Dickinson, Tim McGowan and Mikey Branigan. Chris Odin and David Hatch round out a veteran squad. Ward Melville could make some noise with the crew of Alex Fitzgerald, Vincent Cicale, Lloyd Webb and Christian Welch. North Babylon returns star senior Kris Moran. Brock Schmid, Shaun Coyle, Jamison Sherretts and Billy Blatz look to close the gap behind him.

CLASS B

Defending champ Shoreham-Wading River returns with a very deep squad. Ryan Udvadia leads the way, with Dan Purschke, Evan Purdy, Jack Kelly and Joe Whelan tightly bunched behind him.

Bayport-Blue Point has senior strength in Adam LaFemina, John Antonacci and Robert Vetri. Mike Watts, Xavier Gomez and Ian Berry lead a deep Islip team. Miller Place returns seniors Nick Hirdt and Jeremy Miekley as well as freshman Patrick Engel. Junior Tom Meehan is Class B newcomer Eastport-South Manor's top runner. Gary Murano highlights a senior-laden squad.

CLASS C

Port Jefferson will rely on sophomore James Burke, senior Kevin Anderson and junior Noah Kirchner to help defend its title. Center Moriches returns seniors Andrew Montefusco, Tristan Sess, Jarad Vollkommer and Toney McFarlane. Clay Davis, Anthony Howell and Jake Nolan lead Mattituck.

CLASS D

Defending champ Southold returns Jonathan Rempe, as well as Ryan Hanrahan and Ian Toy. Sophomore Jake Brummeler leads Stony Brook.

NASSAU / CLASS APort Washington will look to Sidharth Kakkar, Leo Potters, James Gallagher and Shoki Yamada to help them repeat.

Syosset returns most of its top seven from last year, including a junior corps of Ryan DePinto, Simon Nwana and Dale Mittleman. The senior trio of Zach Toner, Christopher Landi and Jack Curran make Calhoun a strong contender. Massapequa should contend thanks to a senior squad led by Ryan Cooney and Kyle Smith.

CLASS BDefending champion Garden City brings back Andrew Morra and Neil Quigley, as well as Mark DeSantis. Manhasset has Nassau's best runner in Stephen Bourguet. Mark Chouryguin and Matthew Weilep provide solid depth. North Shore will be competitive behind the legs of Travis Laderer, Ben Kapuscinski and Brian Michalak.

CLASS C

Friends Academy hopes to repeat as county champion with Glenn Lostritto, Evan Sayre and Patrick Crowley. Senior Teddy Hamlin and sophomore Jack Sherbal lead Oyster Bay.

CHSAA

Defending Intersectional champion St. Anthony's is loaded with talent. Patrick Ginty, Jake Hensler and Matthew Taddeo lead a deep, veteran squad. Chaminade will contend with a mix of senior leadership (Matt Walsh, Alex Drennan) and youthful depth (Thomas Slattery, Sean Kelly, Gunnar Nolan). Paolo Fiore and Jake Morales lead a senior-laden St. John the Baptist squad with Jimmy Hamilton and Rob Challenor. Kellenberg returns Randall Turner and Dylan Murphy, as well as James Malebranche and Daniel Patton.

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