Blue Devil Girls’ Cross Country Promising

Longtime Huntington girls' cross country coach Debra Cheskes.

September 20, 2016

The Huntington High School girls’ cross country team is off and running this fall. A group of determined runners is hopeful their training will result in a successful campaign.

The Blue Devils split their opening two meets dropping a close contest to Bay Shore before nipping West Islip. Senior Alexis Pastorelli led Huntington in the tri-meet with a fourth place finish on the Sunken Meadow State Park course in a time of 18:21.

Longtime head coach Debra Cheskes was pleased with her team’s performance in the first competition of the fall. Following Pastorelli, senior Marina Ruzic placed sixth while sophomore Hadley Clayton, senior Louise Koepele and junior Sarah White finished 10-12, respectively.

Sophie Dellecave, Niamh Condon, Alexandra McKenzie, Keily Rivas, Erika Varady, Colette Barron, Bridgette Starr, Diya Rai-Gersappe and Nicole Arenth all followed close behind Huntington’s leaders on the challenging race course.

The Blue Devil runners are aiming to shatter both personal records and school marks this fall. Cheskes was impressed that the times in the meet were much faster than those recorded at the first league meet last fall.

The Huntington athletes put in several weeks of tough training in the run-up to last week’s race at Sunken Meadow. The team believes it has the talent to successfully compete with Suffolk’s best squads.

“All the girls are working very hard and putting in great effort and I am excited to see our hard work pay off at upcoming meets,” Pastorelli said.

Huntington cross country star Marina Ruzic.
Senior Alexis Pastorelli is one of Huntington's best runners.

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