On This Day in History | 1976

Whitney 1976 XC
Mark Whitney warms up at Sunken Meadow in 1976

On this day 41 years ago, the boys’ cross country team finished 3rd out of 13 teams at the New York State Championship.

After repeating as the League VII and Suffolk County Champions, the Blue and White traveled up to Bear Mountain State Park and turned in one of the program’s best performances at its pinnacle event. They had the top finish in the state among all private schools. Here is a recap of the race from the Three Village Herald.

The Stony Brook School’s cross country team finished third in the B-C varsity meet held at Bear Mountain State Park.

Mark Whitney of Stony Brook was the fastest of all Suffolk County runners Saturday with a time of 15:02 for the three-mile course. The Stony Brook team represented Section XI and finished with a score of 333. Onondaga took the team title with a score of 112.

Mark Whitney’s brother, Andy, helped the team’s score with an 18th place finish. Henry Ho, Jim Hansen, and Will Armstrong rounded out the score with their 79th, 106th, and 128th positions going to 3rd place Stony Brook.

Mark Whitney led throughout most of the race, but Mark Tuttle of Alfred took the individual honors in the end with a strong last mile.

Mark would go on to finish 3rd in the New York State Federation meet that year and take the New York State individual crown in 1977.




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