The top runners on Long Island this fall, as selected by Newsday's Marcus Henry.
RUNNER OF THE YEAR: THOMAS AWAD
Awad was able to reach many of the goals this season, among them was winning the CHSAA Nassau-Suffolk League championship at Sunken Meadow. He followed that up with a second-place finish at the CHSAA Intersectional. He then took third place at the NYS Federation championships and eighth at the Nike New York Regional. Awad helped the Flyers to a third-place finish at the CHSAA Intersectional as well as a second-place finish at the Nassau-Suffolk League championships.
In addition to winning the Nassau state qualifier, Bourguet was the Nassau Conference III champion, took 14th at the NYSPHSAA Class B state championship and finished 21st at the Federation, second among LI public school runners.
Few runners were as consistent as Colabella, who won the Suffolk Coaches Invitational and the Suffolk Class A state qualifier. He was also a winner at the Suffolk Division championships.
Damato finished seventh at the Suffolk Division championships, took 17th at the NYSPHSAA Class A state championships — second among LI runners— and was fourth at the Suffolk state qualifier.
St. Anthony's, Sr.
Diliberto emerged as one of the top CHSAA runners in the state. He won the St. Anthony's invititational, finished fourth at the CHSAA Intersectional and was 17th out of 159 runners at the Nike New York Regional.
Bayport-Blue Point, Jr.
LaFemina finished eighth at the Suffolk Division championships, took second at the Suffolk state qualifier, 12th at the Class B state championship and finished among the top 100 at Federations.
North Babylon, Jr.
Moran capped a fine season, taking 15th at the Federation, which was first among LI public school runners. He finished second at the Suffolk Division championships and second at the Suffolk state qualifier.
Port Washington, Sr.
In addition to winning the Nassau Conference I championship, Titcomb ran to a second-place finish at the Nassau state qualifier and took 31st — fourth among LI runners— at the Class A state championship.
COACH OF THE YEAR: TIM DEARIE
ALL-LONG ISLAND BOYS CROSS COUNTRY
Front row, from left: Kris Moran (North Babylon), Thomas Diliberto (St. Anthony's), Ryan Colabella (Hauppauge).
Back row, from left: Coach Tim Dearie (St. Anthony's), Taylor Titcomb (Port Washington), Adam LaFemina (Bayport-Blue Point), Runner of the year Thomas Awad (Chaminade), Stephen Bourguet (Manhasset), Michael Damato (Whitman).
BOYS CROSS COUNTRY SECOND TEAM
Zachary Cammer (Whitman, Jr.)
Austin Coneys (Harborfields, Sr.)
Ryan DePinto (Syosset, So.)
Colin Eberhardt (Sachem North, Sr.)
Joseph Ferencik (Chaminade, Sr.)
Sidharth Kakkar (Port Washington, Jr.)
John Lee, above second from left, (Shoreham-Wading River, Sr.)
Tim McGowan (Northport, So.)
Aakaash Pillalamarr (Herricks, Sr.)
Brian Smith (St. Anthony's, Sr.)