The top runners on Long Island this fall, as selected by Marcus Henry
Brennan had an excellent sophomore season with a second-place finish at the Suffolk qualifier. She took 23rd at the Class A state championship and even ran better the following week, taking 14th at the Federation.
North Shore, Junior
Not much separated Caldwell from the rest of her teammates as she took fifth at the Nassau state qualifier, 10th at the Class B state championships and in the top 100 at the Nike Cross Nationals.
North Shore, Jr.
Donohue made helped make North Shore the team to beat with a fourth-place finish at the Nassau state qualifier. She finished third at the Class B state championship and in the top 100 at the Nike Cross Nationals.
Garden City, 8th.
Gerland's season ended on a high note as she finished 21st at the Federation. A week earlier, the eighth-grader took 30th at the Class B state championships. Gerland finished sixth overall at the Nassau qualifier.
Miller Place, So.
Guevara followed up a third-place finish at the Suffolk Division championships with a first-place finish at the Suffolk Class B qualifier, a sixth-place finish at the Class B state championships.
RUNNER OF THE YEAR: SAMANTHA NADEL
North Shore, Senior
Nadel established herself as Long Island’s best as well as one of the country's top runners. She won the Nassau state qualifier and the NYSPHSAA Class B state championship. Nadel concluded her cross country season with a second-place finish at the Nike New York Regional and a 10th-place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals in Oregon. Nadel’s strong running helped North Shore win its fourth straight overall county championship and its second straight state championship.
North Shore, Sr.
If Samantha Nadel is the best on Long Island, Nerud is No.2. The senior ran to a second-place finish at the Nassau state qualifier, the Class B state championships and finished 17th at the Nike Cross Nationals.
Sachem East, Sr.
Paul emerged as Suffolk's top runner, taking first at the Suffolk Division championships and the state qualifier. She followed that up with a 9th-place finish at the Class A state championship, a 5th-place finish at the Federation and took 26th at the Nike Cross Nationals.
GIRL'S CROSS COUNTRY COACH OF THE YEAR: TOM YOUNGS
ALL-LONG ISLAND GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY FIRST TEAM
From left: Jessica Donohue (North Shore), Talia Guevara (Miller Place), Brianna Nerud (North Shore), Rachel Paul (Sachem East), Samantha Nadel (North Shore), Stephanie Gerland (Garden City) and Elizabeth Caldwell (North Shore).
GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY SECOND TEAM
Caroline Brown (Holy Trinity, So.)
Victoria Ciotti (St. Anthony's, Sr.)
Victoria D'Amato (Northport, Fr.)
Jen Gerland (Garden City, Fr.)
Tiana Guevara, above, (Miller Place, So.)
Caroline O'Hea (Ward Melville, Sr.)
Kelsey Margey (Friends Academy, Sr.)
Katie Saroka (Bayport-Blue Point, Jr.)
Mary Welsh (Manhasset, Jr.)
Courtney Williams (Ward Melville, 8th)