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Vikings Sports: November 19, 2010

Women’s Cross-Country Class “A” State Champions

There have been a lot of firsts for the North Shore Women’s Cross-Country team this season: 14-0 regular season record, Division Champions, Conference Champions, Nassau County Class “A” Champions, Nassau County overall champions and now for the first time in school history a sports team at North Shore High School has won a state championship.

The Women’s Cross-Country Team, coached by Neal Levy, won the NYS Class “A” State cross-country championship this past weekend. After a few third-place finishes the last two years the team brought home the first-place plaque. This accomplishment was not only historic to the North Shore School District but to Nassau County as well. It is the first time in 18 years that any cross-country team in Nassau County has won a state championship. The last team to do so was Wantagh in 1992, before any of the current team members were even born.

On a cool, crisp morning when the frost was just beginning to melt from the grass, the race went off in the northern suburb of Pawling, NY. The beginning was like any other, several hundred runners trying to establish position and develop a good sense of pace. Through the first mile of the race the team appeared to have improved their position from the opening minutes of the race. At that point the runners disappeared into the woods to run up the half-mile long hill. A hill so steep and narrow, that it is used as a toboggan run during the winter season. Approximately 5 minutes later, the runners began to emerge, and with approximately 3/4 mile to go in the race, the North Shore Womens Cross-Country team was winning the state championship. The team, the program, the county, has not been in this position for eternity and as the other teams in Nassau County were lining up along the finish line awaiting the final sprint to the finish, what appeared to be only a dream was becoming a reality. A few minutes after all the runners crossed the finish line, the announcer read to the crowd, “in third place Canadaigua High School, in second place Burnt Hills High School and in first place from Nassau County (Section 8) is North Shore High School”. A surreal moment transcended upon the crowd, the team and the families present. As the reality began to set in, so did the joy and tears as alumni, former coaches of North Shore and longtime officials of Nassau County were there to witness something that may never happen again.

The following individuals that were participants to this tremendous achievement were: seniors Danielle Muoio, Emily Osman, juniors Samantha Nadel, Brianna Nerud, sophomores: Jessica Donohue, Elizabeth Caldwell, and Freshman Molly Reilly.