Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Stephen Bourguet claimed his first major invitational victory of the season with a first place finish in the Varsity “G” race of the prestigious Manhattan Invitational on Sunday, Oct. 9. Teammate Charlie Morris finished 5th, to give Manhasset one of the top 1-2 finishes of the day on the legendary Van Cortland Park 4km [2.5mi] course.
The storied course challenges runners, as they must traverse the “back hills” - nearly a mile of up and down terrain along narrow, root-ridden trails. For many cross country runners who grew up in the region, one’s time at Van Cortland has always been a telling signal to how they measured up. Despite the course’s own challenges, this day also brought 86 degree temperatures as an added obstacle.
However, the conditions were not a factor for Manhasset, as Bourguet covered the distance in 13:18 with Morris just a few strides behind in 13:36. These performances rank #2 and #7 All-Time for Manhasset. Their races put a punctuation mark on a day full of outstanding performances. Finishing 3rd for the Indians in the varsity race was Matthew Weilep, who continued his strong running with a 14:56 which places him #12 All-Time for Manhasset sophomores. Donald Spampinato and John Marcucci took the 4th and 5th positions to round out the scoring for the varsity race.
In the freshman race, the team was lead by a trio of young harriers, as Carter Paterson (11th), Tommy Fruhauf (19th), and John Reddington (25th) all finished within 15 seconds to pace Manhasset. Mike Signorile, George Yiachos, and Avery Chu also took home medals for their top-75 performance on the modified, but still challenging 1.25mi course. The sophomore class boasted some impressive performances of their own, as Brad Spilka, Kyle Bentley, Matt Welsh, Justin Liberta, Charlie Malhame all came away with hardware representing their hard-fought battle against the course and the elements.
With the major fall invitational meets behind them and true autumn weather beginning to set in, the squad will now begin to set their sights on the championship portion of their schedule. If their performance at Manhattan is any indication, the two captains look poised to lead the team as they compete for conference and county titles just a few short weeks away.