Alexis Pastorelli turned in an All-League season to pace the Huntington High School girls’ cross country team this fall. The Blue Devils compiled a 4-2 mark to finish third in the league standings.
Coached by Debra Cheskes and captained by Louise Koepele and Marina Ruzic, the Blue Devils won the Suffolk sophomore championships and finished fifth in the Bob Pratt Invitational.
“This was a hardworking group,” Cheskes said. “Everyone pushed and supported their teammates. Pastorelli and fellow seniors Ruzic and Koepele along with sophomore Hadley Clayton led the Blue Devils.
“Alexis is very focused and is the top runner on the team,” Cheskes said. “Marina worked hard all season to end her career with her best time. She’s a great role model. Louise is a great captained who motivated her team.”
Huntington girls' cross country coach Debra Cheskes.
Clayton shined throughout the fall. “She’s a standout sophomore with great potential,” Cheskes said.
Huntington defeated West Islip, Northport, Walt Whitman and North Babylon in league action. The Blue Devils dropped meets to Bay Shore and Riverhead.
The highlight of the season came at the Suffolk sophomore championships. Clayton (19:11.27), Sophie Dellecave (19:37.01), Keily Rivas (19:44.98) and Erika Varady (21:26.62) and Colette Baron (22:21.27) ran their fastest time this season on the Sunken Meadow State Park 2.8 mile course to capture first place.
Huntington placed ninth in its conference and 17th overall in Section XI. It was a solid season for a young team.
Pastorelli, Koepele and Ruzic will all graduate next June, but 11 underclassmen will be returning next fall, positioning Huntington well for a run at the league title.