Meet the players who earned first-team honors for Newsday's All-Long Island girls cross country team in 2018.
Long Island Runner of the Year: Sarah Connelly, Mt. Sinai, Jr.
Connelly came out of the gate strong and never wavered this fall. She continued Long Island's recent Class B dominance with a state public school victory in 18 minutes, 17.7 seconds on the difficult Sunken Meadow State Park 5-kilometer course. Connelly qualified for Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon and won at the Suffolk Division Championships (18:49.42) and the Class B race at the Suffolk State Qualifiers (18:38.20).
Nassau Runner of the Year: Olivia Duca, South Side, Soph.
Duca stepped up at the most opportune of times, running a personal-best 19:24.81 en route to a victory in the Class B race at the Nassau State Qualifier at Bethpage State Park.lso was fifth in the New York race at Nike Cross Regionals.
Kaitlyn Chandrika, Mt. Sinai, Soph.
Chandrika finished seventh in Class B in 19:17.8 at the state public school championships. She was second in Class B in 19:45.73 at the Suffolk State Qualifier.
Maggie Maier, Sacred Heart, Jr.
She won her second consecutive CHSAA Intersectional Championship in 15:02.33 (4K) and third consecutive CHSAA League Championship in 19:21.95 (5K).
Jordyn McDonnell, Sachem North, Sr.
McDonnell was 14th in Class A in 19:12.9 at the public school state championships and second in the Class A race in 19:20.94 at the Suffolk State Qualifier.
Fiona McLaughlin, Commack, Jr.
She finished second in 19:14.70 at the Suffolk Division Championships and was 25th in Class A in 19:34.5 at the public school state championships.
Melissa Merone, Sachem East, Jr.
She was the top runner on Long Island's top team this year. Merone finished 24th in 19:32.8 in Class A at the state public school championships.
Roshni Singh, Bay Shore, Jr.
She placed eighth in Class A in 18:54.1 at the state public school championships at Sunken Meadow and won the Class A race at the Suffolk state qualifier in 18:54.54.
Long Island Coach of the Year: Dan Schaub, Sachem East
Sachem East was the top Long Island team at the public school state championships, finishing 13th in the all-class merge. They won the Class A title at the Suffolk State Qualifier. It was their fourth title in five years.