The Great Neck North Boys cross country team under Coach Chris Omeltchenko finished the season with a third place in the Conference Championships held at Eisenhower Park in late October. North's third place finish was its best finish since 1988 when that team was also third. Sophomore Eddie Byrnes led the team with an 11th place finish and a clocking of 17:40. Senior Captain Tim Li was right behind Byrnes with a 13th place finish and a 17:43 time. Junior Mike Yellin was next with a 23rd place finish and a 18:30 time. Sophomore Andy Cole was next with a 25th place finish and a 18:33 time. Senior Captain Scott Abraham was the final scorer with a 18:42 time and a 27th place finish. Lynbrook won with a point total of 41. Wantagh was next scoring 81 and North scored 99 points. Sophomore Ian Cadieu was North's sixth man, clocking a 19:37, and a freshman was the seventh man on varsity turning in a time of 19:51.
Senior Captain Alex Roberts won the Junior Varsity race in a time of 19:06, good enough for the sixth fastest time of the day for North. Sophomore Randy Li placed 10th in 19:56.
North went to the State Qualifiers for the first time in five years, on Nov. 5 at Eisenhower Park. Byrnes placed 72 in 19:42, while Li ran, placing 78 in 17:47. Cole ran his personal best time of his career running 18:19. Randy Li was next running a 19:09, his personal best. Randy Li ran in place for the injured Scott Abraham who sprained his ankle the day before the race. Yellin and Cadieu were the other members of the State Qualifier team. North placed 18th as a team out of 21 teams who qualified. Syosset won their third straight Class A County Title. Southside won the Class B County Title.
Sixteen boys were on the team. Tim Li, Scott Abraham, Alex Roberts and Roy Hakimian are the seniors. Coach Omo looks forward to next year's team. There is a lot of potential, and with summer training and weekend training, North could be a contender for Class B, in Nassau County. Coach Omo credits the success of this year's team with a concerted effort to excel in the Conference Championships.