Huntington boys’ cross country runners posted a series of personal best times as the Blue Devils fared well at the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park.
“We had some very impressive races,” Blue Devil head coach Bob Nill said. Huntington entered a promising group of freshmen and several veteran seniors. Sophomores and juniors didn’t run as they were busy taking the PSAT.
Huntington’s freshmen were once again sensational. Aidan Heller crossed the finish line in second place in a time of 8:00.03, which was nearly 16 seconds faster than his previous best effort over 1.5 miles.
In his very first 1.5 mile race, Carlos Martinez was superb, placing ninth in 8:38.91. David Marroquin-Lopez finished 20th in a personal best time of 9:05.49, lowering his previous fastest mark by 18.41 seconds.
With Heller, Martinez and Marroquin-Lopez all capturing medals, Huntington finished fourth in the freshman race team standings. (An injury kept talented ninth grader Isaiah James from racing.)
Several other Blue Devil freshmen also set new personal records. Seamus Hannon finished 34th and cut his personal best time to 9:31.70 from 10:52.47. Matthew Fallon also saw a huge drop is his previous best time, going from 13:23.37 to 12:36.54 while finishing 70th. Hannon’s performance garnered the teenager a race ribbon.
In his first 1.5 mile race for Huntington, freshman Devlin Starr finished in 73rd place in a time of 13:21.70.
A pair of Blue Devil seniors competed in the varsity 5K race. Nicolas Sanin navigated the course in 25:46.92 and Joseph Dammers finished in 27:39.84.