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XC Teams Runner-Up at Counties

November 6, 2017

On Friday the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams each took second place in the Class D County Championship on an unseasonably warm day at Sunken Meadow State Park.

The boys finished runner-up for a second straight year to an outstanding Shelter Island squad that took six of the first seven spots, racking up just 18 points. Riley Corcoran broke up the Shelter pack with a 3rd place finish in 18:41, beating out the 4th place runner in a furious finish. Riley and Louis Wang (8th/19:50) will represent Section XI in the New York State Championship on Saturday in Ontario, NY. Josh Lin (13th/20:44), Emman Ajewole (15th/20:54), and Clement Leung (16th/20:58) rounded out the scoring for the Brook. Their team score of 55 bested Pierson (76) and Southold (98).

In the girls’ race the Bears also finished 2nd for a second straight year to Shelter Island who amassed 33 points to Stony Brook’s 43 and Pierson’s 49. A pair of freshmen led the way for the Brook as Sarah Wong (5th/23:45) and Vivien Mimura (7th/24:06) each qualified for the Saturday’s New York State Championship. Judy Tao (11th/27:18), Erika Kady (12th/27:26), and Diana Barbacena (13th/27:39) rounded out the scoring for the Bears.

The excitement of the afternoon was tempered dramatically by Miranda Harrigan’s bout with dehydration that kept her from a likely runner-up finish and a 6th state meet qualification. The senior captain was unable to continue around the two-mile mark, despite attempting to regain her footing several times. What was evident from the response of both her teammates and opposing runners, was just how respected and loved Miranda is. A steady stream of Shelter Island, Pierson, Mattituck, and Southold runners came over to check on Miranda. To Miranda’s credit she tamped down any disappointment she felt in that moment and genuinely congratulated each runner who came to see her. In a powerful display of sportsmanship, Shelter Island’s champion runner, Lindsey Gallagher, gave Miranda the plaque she had just won in.

Though her cross country career came to an unexpectedly abrupt end, Miranda’s leadership, passion, and drive will leave a lasting impact not just on our team, but on every runner with whom she came into contact over her outstanding six-year career.

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