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Raseman "awesome" with finish at Footlocker Nationals

Ward Melville's Quinn Raseman said he felt "awesome" in the moments following his finish at the Footlocker Cross Country National Championships at Balboa Park in San Diego Saturday.

The senior distance runner took 19th in the 5K race in a time of 15:44.8. It wasn't his best time of the season, but Raseman said he felt satisfied with his performance.

"I started out with the lead pack," said Raseman, who was 19th out of 40 runners. "The second lap got to me, but I regrouped and came back strong."

Raseman had been preparing for the race for several weeks. In fact, he skipped the state Federation championships in Wappingers Falls (Section I) last month to keep his legs fresh.

"I peaked at the right time," Raseman said. "I wasn't running as much this season, because I was looking at the bigger picture."

Raseman, the overall Suffolk County champion and second-place finisher at the public school Class AA championships, was the only Long Island runner participating in the race.

"After finishing second at the states and seventh at the Footlocker [Northeast Regional] I'm riding high now," he said. "But I have more work to do. I'm really looking forward to the indoor and spring seasons."

Schmidt excels at Nationals. In the girls race, Holy Trinity's Colleen Schmidt took 27th overall in a career-best time of 18:18. "It was an honor just to be here," the junior distance runner said.

Schmidt, who took 27th out of 40 runners, attributed her success this season to keeping with her training regimen.

"My coach told me not to change what I was doing," she said. "If I kept doing what I was doing all season, I would be OK."

Schmidt took first at the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA league championship and at the CHSAA Intersectional. She finished fourth at the Footlocker Northeast Regional and at the state Federation championship.

"If someone told me before the season that I would've have been this successful, I wouldn't have believed them," she said.

Schmidt said she would take a week off and then get back to work on the indoor season.

Chaminade wins relay. Chaminade's distance medley relay team of Peter Kechejian, Steven Didominica, Sean Durpoe and Nick Petsky took first at the 60th annual CHSAA Relay Carnival in 11:24.

Haghighi wins. Wheatley's Josh Haghighi took first in the shot put at the Friendship Games Preliminaries with a toss of 581/2 feet. The senior also threw the 25-pound weight 63 feet at the event.

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