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2009 All-Long Island cross country

Runner of the year: Colleen Schmidt, Holy Trinity, Jr.

Schmidt won both the CHSAA Nassau-Suffolk and Intersectional championships and represented Long Island with fourth-place finishes at the Federation championship and the Footlocker Northeast Regional at Sunken Meadow Park on Nov. 28.

Two weeks after the Northeast Regional, Schmidt placed 27th at the Footlocker National Championship in San Diego.

"I was really estatic after winning the Intersectional and league championships," said Schmidt. "I never thought I'd be this successful this season."

Schmidt's regular season was just as stellar as her postseason. She was second at the Suffolk coaches invite, third at the St. Anthony's Invitational and second at the Nassau Official's Invitational.

Brigid Brennan, Northport, 8th grade
Took first at the Suffolk qualifier in a career-best time of 18:52.6. Finished second to Skinner at the Suffolk Division championships and finished ninth at the Federation championships. She took fourth at the St. Anthony's Invitational and was 14th at the NYSPHSAA AA championship race. Brennan also had a fifth-place finish at the Suffolk coaches invitational.

Emily Lipari, Roslyn, Senior
Won her fourth straight Nassau Class A and overall championship. Took first at the Nassau Conference championships, won the St. Anthony's Invitational and won the Nassau Official's invitational 5k race. Missed the NYSPHSAA championships due to an ankle injury, but was the two-time defending Class A champion. Won the Brown Invitational.

 

Samantha Nadel, North Shore, Sophomore
Was the top runner on a North Shore team that won its second straight Nassau County overall title. Finished second to Lipari at the Nassau State qualifier and took third in the Class B race at the NYSPHSAA championships.

 

Katie Skinner, Riverhead, Senior
Won the Suffolk coaches Invitational, finished second to Lipari at the St. Anthony's Invitational, was the overall Suffolk Division champion and finished third overall at the Suffolk State qualifier. She took 11th in the Class AA race at the NYSPHSAA championships and 13th at the Federation championship.

Coach of the Year: Eric Visconti, Northport

SECOND TEAM

Anne Carey, St. John the Baptist
Ali Foote, West Islip
Rachel Ngu, Syosset
Emily Marchini, Massapequa
Caroline O'Hea, Ward Melville
Allison Stapleton, Commack

BOYS

Runner of the year: Quinn Raseman, Ward Melville, Senior

 

Raseman capped an excellent season, placing 19th out of 40 runners in 15 minutes, 44 seconds at the Footlocker National championship in San Diego on Dec. 12. That was preceeded by a seventh-place finish at the Footlocker Northeast Regional at Sunken Meadow Park.

"I peaked at the right time," said Raseman, who also finished second at the NYSPHSAA state championships, the best finish among Long Island runners. "I didn't race as much early in the season. It helped me save strength for the end of the season."

In the regular season, Raseman won the Suffolk state qualifier, the Suffolk Division championships and the St. Anthony's Invitational.

"I'm riding a high now," he said.

Marco Bertolotti, Port Washington, Senior
Was the Nassau County overall champion and took first at the Nassau Conference championships. Won the Varsity B race at the Suffolk Official's invite and took fifth in the Class AA race at the NYSPHSAA state championships. Won the Brown invitational.

 

Alex Saavedra, Sachem East, Senior
Took second at the Suffolk qualifier and helped lead Sachem East to the AA County championship and the NYSPHSAA state championships. He took third overall at the Division championships and finished second at the Suffolk coaches invitational.

 

Kenneth Walshak, St. Anthony's, Senior
Took first at the NSCHSAA league championships, second at the CHSAA Intersectional and finished 22nd at the Federation championships and was second to Quinn Raseman at the St. Anthony's Invitational. Walshak helped lead the Friars to a first-place finish at the CHSAA Intersectional over rival Chaminade.

 

Patrick Murphy, St. Anthony's, Senior
Edged teammate Kenneth Walshak for first place at the CHSAA Intersectional championships and helped the Friars capture the Intersectional title. He finished second to Walshak at the NSCHSAA league championships. Murphy took 17th at the Federation championship, the highest amongst Catholic League runners.

Coach of the Year: Roger Kauffman, Baypoint-Blue Point

SECOND TEAM

Dan Denis, Bayport-Blue Point
Nick Filippazzo, Wantagh
James Hunt, Shoreham-Wading River
Joe Lasher, Seaford
Bobby McGetrick, Calhoun
Tyler Murtha, Connetquot


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