The Huntington boys’ cross country team is racing to the finish line of the fall season. The Blue Devils compiled a 3-3 mark in league competition, placing fourth in the standings. Fifteen of the squad’s 18 runners enjoyed personal bests in the final meet.
Huntington’s Suffolk Division II Championships team consisting of Shane McGuire, Danny Collins, Jason Verville, Brendan Roller, John Segreti, Eddie Maleszewski and Danny Thompson “ran really well,” head coach Shawn Anderson said.
McGuire turned in a season best 18:27 over the 5000m course at Sunken Meadow State Park, earning a spot in the Section XI state qualifier this month. Collins cracked the 20 minute barrier for the first time ever, notching a career best 19:18. Verville also enjoyed a sub-20 minute performance, running the race in 19:57. Roller covered the distance in a fine 20:18 and Segreti and Maleszewski both hit 20:43 for bests.
The Blue Devils finished fourth in the team standings, above rival Deer Park, who had finished higher in the regular season standings.
Huntington also enjoyed a good showing at the Suffolk Frosh/Soph Championships. The Blue Devils fielded a full freshman squad and took sixth place in the team standings with several runners notching personal bests.
Verville established himself as a top Suffolk freshman by turning in a huge career best of 16:23 on the 2.8 mile course to finish 15th overall. Segreti also ran to a best, dipping under the 18 minute threshold with a time of 17:15. Ethan Mulroy, who battled injuries all season, ran a best of 18:07 while Rory Dara went sub-20 minute with an effort timed at 19:25. Roller (17:21) and Robbie Caputi (18:44) also ran very well.
In the sophomore race, Thompson ran a huge best of 16:59 to place 31st overall, while Maleszewski (17:34) and Graham Young (17:44) also dropped their previous bests under the 18 minute mark.
“All in all it was a nice way to end the season for these young athletes,” Anderson said. “Our team is young and with a little extra work could really prove itself formidable in the next few years. Coach Bob Nill is doing well with his young athletes at Finley and I have been able to watch them run well, too, so the future looks bright with such talented kids coming up as well.”