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Newsday's All-Long Island boys cross country team for fall 2021

Westhampton's Gavin Ehlers runs toward the finish line

Westhampton's Gavin Ehlers runs toward the finish line to take second place in the state Class B boys race at Chenengo Valley State Park on Nov. 13, 2021.  Credit: Heather Ainsworth

Runner of the Year: Gavin Ehlers, Westhampton, Sr.

Ehlers was clearly the top runner on Long Island this season – and one of the best in the state.

Ehlers placed second in Class B in 15 minutes, 54.2 seconds at the public school state championships at Chenango Valley State Park. The time was the third-fastest in the state, regardless of class.

In the Class B race, Ehlers matched up with LaSalle Institute’s Gitch Hayes – the top runner in the state – and took him to the wire.

"I felt like I gave him pretty much all I could," Ehlers said. "I had a shot at him for most of that race."

A week later, Ehlers placed fourth at the state Federation championships in 15:58.2 – the only Long Islander to place in the top 10 and one of only two in the top 20. Ehlers also won at the Suffolk State Qualifiers (16:34.98), the Suffolk Division Championships (16:24.90), and the Bob Pratt Invitational (16:39.30), all at Sunken Meadow State Park.

He placed third at the very competitive Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational in 12:33.0 at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Nassau Runner of the Year: Colin Funk, Port Washington, Sr.

Funk shined in the postseason, winning a competitive Class A race at the Nassau State Qualifier in 16:03.86 at Bethpage State Park. A week later, Funk was 16th in Class A in 16:38.7 at the state public school championships, the fastest time in Nassau that day.

Funk also earned a third-place finish in Class I (16:44.33) at the Nassau Class County Championships and a second place finish (16:48.23) in the Varsity B race at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, both at Bethpage State Park.

Amokrane Aouchiche, Mepham, Sr.

Aouchiche won the Varsity B race at the Nassau Coaches Invitational in 16:22.55. He also took top honors in the Class I race in 16:16.42 at the Nassau Class County Championships and was second in the Class A race at the Nassau State Qualifiers in 16:10.19.

Trevor Hayes, Westhampton, Soph.

He was 15th in Class B at the public school state championships in 16:49.3 at Chenango Valley State Park. Hayes finished third in Class B at the Suffolk State Qualifier in 16:46.33 at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Max Haynia, Westhampton, Jr.

Haynia was consistently second behind Ehlers on Long Island’s top team. He finished seventh in Class B at the public school state championships in 16:26.9 and was 30th at the state Federation meet in 16:45.3.

Aidan Neilson, Deer Park, Sr.

Neilson was 20th at the state Federation championships in 16:35.3 at Bowdoin State Park in Wappingers Falls, one of only two Long Islanders to finish in the top 20. He also won the St. Anthony’s Invitational in 16:34.71 at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Andrew Rosenblatt, Commack, Sr.

He was 17th in Class A at the public school state championships in 16:39.2 at Chenango Valley State Park. Rosenblatt also won the Class A race at the Suffolk State Qualifier in 16:39.08 at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Coach of the Year: Jack Ryan, Westhampton

He guided one of the best teams in the state all fall. The Hurricanes finished second in Class B and fifth overall at the public school state championships and were sixth at the state Federation championships. Ryan stepped down after the season to pursue a career in the Air Force.

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