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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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