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HHS Boys' Cross-Country Goes Winless

It was a marathon of a year for the Huntington High School boys' cross-country team, which went winless over five meets under rookie head coach Shawn Anderson.

The nine-runner strong Blue Devil squad was captained by senior Ryan Ackerman and junior Tom Boisclair. Huntington started the season with seven runners, but picked up two more team members during the year.

The Blue Devils' best accomplishment of the season came in the last meet on the schedule. "Having been in a stacked league, all nine of my athletes ran personal bests and broke milestones for their running careers," Anderson said. "Although they lost, individually they all came out on top."

Huntington's top three-mile times were owned by Ackerman (17:57), Mike Garing (18:46) and Boisclair (18:50). "Ryan has natural talent," Anderson said. "Overall, he was a pleasure to coach."

Garing, one of two seniors on the squad, was "one of our hardest workers on the team," Anderson said. Garing and Ackerman are the only two runners who will be lost to graduation.

Boisclair shows much promise. "Tom is a junior with a great work ethic and a big heart," Anderson said. "He has some natural ability and can be a contender in the county next year."

Ackerman was 15th in the Nassau Coaches Invitational at Bethpage State Park, running the 5K races in 18:26. Brendan Wirth (21:40) and Jorge Villela (22:45) finished 19th and 36th, respectively, in the freshman division of the Nassau Coaches Invitational.

"It's a young team and I hope to rebuild and continue the tradition of Huntington excellence," Anderson said. He has his work cut out for him since the Blue Devils have struggled in recent years.

The coach said he is looking forward to the Blue Devils producing a winning record next year. Anderson hopes to add additional team members, including some incoming freshmen. Huntington will count on Boisclair, Ryan Dykes, Marc-Henry Sanon, Wirth and Villela to lead the way to a stronger program.

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