Welcome to Sunken Meadow State Park, home to one of the most grueling cross-country courses in New York State. It’s a place known for breaking down runners and bringing up their times.
As described by DyeStat.com, the five-kilometer course starts with a flat 1,200 meters before the runners hit steep Snake Hill. Then they move on through a picnic area and take a half-mile climb to the base of notorious Cardiac Hill, which extends for some 200 meters of steep terrain.
“Snake kills your calves while Cardiac just kills you in general,” said Mattituck senior Christian Demchak. READ
It was essentially a late start to the high school cross-country season for Adam Zelin, but the Shoreham-Wading River junior caught up in time to run his way into the state meet for a second straight year. READ
When the starter’s gun shot off, Ryan Carrick took off. The Riverhead High School senior bolted toward the front and was in third place a couple of hundred yards into the 3.1-mile boys championship cross-country race in the Section XI Division Championships at Sunken Meadow State Park.
Carrick looked good and said he had felt good, but his daring start caught up to him. READ
They’re Ryan and Ryan.
No, it’s not a law firm, just Riverhead High School’s top two cross-country runners. READ
Shoreham-Wading River High School’s boys cross-country team has two returning state meet runners, but after that the Wildcats have question marks. That could have coach Bob Szymanski feeling a bit uneasy heading into the new season. READ
The heat was on — literally and figuratively.
For cross-country runners, the Section XI Championships, a state qualifying meet, are akin to a pass-or-fail test.
“Final exam time,” said Bishop McGann-Mercy coach Les Williams. READ
The Shoreham-Wading River High School boys cross-country team is seeing a different Joe Krause this season. The fun-loving Krause has attacked his junior season, training hard and taking the sport more seriously.
“I finally found my motivation,” he said. READ
One will not find a star runner among them, but that doesn’t mean the Shoreham-Wading River High School boys cross-country team will not be shooting for the sky — or at least the top of Suffolk County League VI.