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Varsity Boys Wrap Up Cross Country Season

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.

At the Class County Championships on Oct. 26, both teams went out hard off the starting line, with Wantagh’s pack quickly moving up into the lead as they headed into the woods. By the time the athletes emerged back onto Bethpage State Park’s polo field, several Manhasset runners had surpassed Wantagh’s pack, which remained mostly intact, as the rest of the squad charged forward from just behind. As the boys began to cross the finish line, coaches, parents, and spectators began trying to crunch the numbers to determine who would emerge victorious in this tough-fought battle. Matt Weilep led the Indian charge with a 6th place finish, followed quickly by Tommy Fruhauf (9th) and Willy McNamara (10th) who both set personal bests. Carter Paterson (18th) and Riley Barnes (24th) completed the scoring for Manhasset. Wantagh ended up taking the win by the narrow margin of six points as Manhasset claimed second place, setting the stage for the following weekend.  

Both teams returned to Bethpage on Nov. 2, and this time Manhasset was the team to get out quickly to the front of the pack. However, despite their swift start, Manhasset was unable to overcome the strength of Wantagh’s pack, which had their top five runners finish within 12 seconds of one another. Their victory helped them clinch a trip to the State Championships the following week and sent the Indians to their 4th consecutive 2nd place finish in as many years. Weilep, as he has done all season long, emerged as the team’s top finisher, finishing 9th overall in a personal best of 16:59, breaking 17 minutes for the first time on the Bethpage course and qualifying as an individual to compete at the State Championships to be held at Queensbury High School near Albany on Nov. 9. Tommy Fruhauf also earned All-County honors, running another personal best – 17:13 – to complete his breakthrough season. Willy McNamara (18th), Riley Barnes (27th), and Russell Silva (36th) rounded out the scoring for Manhasset.

Manhasset’s varsity squad ran with pride and purpose in the pursuit of their goal, and though they came up just short, there are many reasons to be excited as the team looks forward to next season. The squad will return all but two of its top seven runners and has lots of depth behind it, including All-Conference runner Nicky Harris who finished the season as the 11th ranked 8th grade harrier in New York State at the 5k distance.

The following individual honors were achieved this season:

All-Division: Matthew Weilep, Tommy Fruhauf, Carter Paterson, Riley Barnes, Russell Silva, John Marcucci

All-Conference: Matthew Weilep, Tommy Fruhauf, Carter Paterson, Riley Barnes, Russell Silva, John Marcucci, Nicky Harris, Willy McNamara

All-Class-County: Matthew Weilep, Tommy Fruhauf, Willy McNamara

All-County: Matthew Weilep, Tommy Fruhauf

All-County Sophomore: Riley Barnes (Champion)

All-County Freshman: Nicky Harris (3rd)

News

Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders. 

 

“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”

A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus. 

 

“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.

Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”


Sports

On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.

In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.

Second at Counties, State Quals as Weilep Qualifies for State Meet

The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.


Calendar

Champions for Charity

Thursday, December 5

Mens' Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 5

Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, December 6



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