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Boys cross country preview: Season at a glance

Posted Monday, September 08, 2008 by Lohud.com

Boys cross country preview: Season at a glance

 

• September 1, 2008

 

Season at a glance

 

Top teams

Arlington: The Admirals will be returning their top three runners from a team that won the section last year.

Suffern: After graduating only one member of last year's squad, the Mounties are poised to go after Arlington. Seniors Mike Pereira and twins Terence and Aidan Galasso will be needed to lead this team. Suffern could potentially have all five runners finish within 30 seconds of each other.

Keep an eye on

North Rockland: The Red Raiders are brining back four of their top five runners, including junior Nick Hughes.

Scarsdale: With its top two runners gone, the Raiders will have some holes to fill. But as long as they field a team, they'll be there in the end.

Top teams

Fox Lane: All of the teams' top five runners are returning this year. The Foxes have a legitimate No. 1 runner in Cord Sgaglio and, with Dan Cohn, Matthew Schwartz, Jamie Mitchell and Lee Fenton behind him, this should be one of the better teams in Section 1.

Horace Greeley: The Quakers graduated a lot from a team that placed second in the section last year. But they are a team that always has runners waiting to step up and this year should be no different.

Keep an eye on

Brewster: This is a young team, but a team that could challenge for a sectional title.

Somers: The Tuskers graduated their top three runners from a year ago. This may be somewhat of a down year, but they should be in contention for their second straight sectional title.

Top teams

Pearl River: The Pirates have Mike Hickey, Section 1's best runner, and that will make them tough to beat. The only question is whether or not they'll have enough depth behind the senior. They'll need big contributions from Ryan McKallen and Pat Kohlbrenner.

Byram Hills: The team still has its top runner from last years' squad, junior Joe Violone. And while the Bobcats graduated a lot of their team, they still should provide Pearl River with a strong test.

Keep an eye on

Nanuet: The Golden Knights will have to hope junior John Sweet is a No. 1 runner if they want to challenge for a sectional title.

Ardsley: The Panthers will be returning their top four runners, led by sophomore Steven Sklar.

Top teams

Irvington: The Bulldogs have two of the top three runners in the section in Julian Saliani and Ian Mathews. They should be favored to come away with their second straight sectional title.

Dobbs Ferry: The Eagles lost by three points to Irvington last year and return a good amount of runners. The team has a good mix of talent that include Patrick Wortner, Evan Fallor and Brendan Wortner.

Keep an eye on

Bronxville: Another team that boasts a lot of youth. The Broncos will need to find a fifth runner to team with Jack Hutton, Dayton Flannery and Christian Yoo.

North Salem: The Tigers bring back their whole team from last year and should continue to improve.

Top teams

Fordham Prep: The Rams graduated a good amount of their team, but they always have new recruits. Senior Michael Jennings will be looked on to carry this team.

Keep an eye on

Iona Prep: Its success will depend on how well the team finds depth behind its number one runner, Sean Halpin.

The state meet will be held at Sunken Meadow State Park in Long Island for the first time since 2002. ... Fox Lane will be trying to win its first cross country sectional title in 33 years. ... Arlington has won three straight sectional titles. The last team to beat them was North Rockland in 2004. ... Pearl River has won seven of the last 10 Class B titles. ... Irvington will try to become the first Class C school to win back-to-back titles since 2006 when Pawling won its third in a row.

Key dates: Manhattan Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park, Oct. 11; Section 1 Coaches Invitational at Bowdoin Park, Oct. 18; Rockland County championships at Bear Mountain, Oct. 23; Westchester County championships at Van Cortlandt Park, Oct. 23; Northern County championships at Bowdoin Park, Oct. 25; Section 1 Championships at Bowdoin Park, Oct. 31; State championships at Sunken Meadow State Park, Nov. 8; CHSAA Sectionals at Van Cortlandt Park, Nov. 8; Federation championships at Bowdoin Park, Nov. 15

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