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Blue Devil Girls' Cross Country Optimistic

Debra Cheskes is a competitive coach and she hopes the necessary pieces are in place for the Huntington High School girls' cross country team to hold its own against any opponent this fall.

The Blue Devils will again be lead by senior Celine Takekoshi, who earned all-league honors in each of the past two seasons. The teenager placed 15th in the Suffolk championships last fall. Her personal best 5K time of 21:19 is the sixth fastest in Huntington history.

The Huntington squad includes several other talented runners who are expected to score well. "Kerri-Ann Giambruno (a junior) will be nipping at Celine's heals this season," Cheskes said. "Kerri's spring season was outstanding. She will bring that energy and exuberance to the team."

Senior Alexandra Martinolich and junior Margaret Petryk, who traded places several times last year in the No. 3 spot in the lineup, are returning stronger than ever. "Alex's determination is unmatched, while Margaret's natural talent is an asset to the team," Cheskes said.

The Blue Devils' team depth will be bolstered by key returnees Adelia Witt, Samantha Martinez, Ana Ruzic, and Tiana Thurmond. They will be joined by several new athletes, who will help round out what looks to be a very competitive team. "I expect Caitlin Yabroudy, Molly Prep and Kiara Roman to be great additions to the team this season," Cheskes said.

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