This year has been the best year ever for Weber's co-ed cross country team. Both the girls team and boys team produced the best season ever. The girls had 23 wins to seven losses. The boys finished with 28 wins and three losses. Both teams were formed seven years ago. Early in the season the members of both teams decided that they wished to extend the team's reputation. From then both teams trained together and trained hard to produce the season they did.
The team was training all season primarily for the last meet of the season which is called The Carnival Meet. The Carnival Meet consists of all the middle school cross country teams of Nassau. The boys' race was held first in a slight rain. The Weber team went out well with over 220 boys in the race and Weber's Jake Litke in the first pack of 10 runners and Peter Gabrielli in 12th place. The members of a team who count for a team score are the first five finishers of a team. As the race progressed the lead pack dwindled with the runners dropping off the pace one by one. While this was happening, the next four runners from Weber were proving that the hard work they put in during the season was paying off because as the runners from other schools were tiring the Port runners were passing the runners in front of them. With only 350 yards to go Jake Litkie and a runner from Oceanside had moved away from the other lead runners by 50 yards. With 150 yards to go the two leaders started to sprint even harder for the finish line and Jake finished only 2 inches behind first place. While this was going on Peter Gabrielli moved up into third place and Andy Scott was 11th, Sean Balaban finished 18th and the fifth member of the team was Justin Samson. This gave the team a total of 62 points. The Oceanside team was second with 78 points. The lowest scoring team is the winner. The other members of the team were Jeremy Goldman in 67th, Nick Werly 72nd, Even Freeman 116th and Mat Mondragon in 125th. Five of the first six members of the team will be back next year. The only runner from Weber to place higher in the championship was Adam Davis who won the championship in 1999.
The Carnival Meet is the unofficial county championship because all of the middle school teams of the county compete at one time. Therefore, the Weber team became the unofficial county champions.
The girls race was the second race of the day as the rain came down harder. The Weber team had only five girls competing. This meant that all five girls had to finish the race to have the team place. Over 120 girls started the race and the lead girl from Weber was Tamara Nowakowski who was in 14th place after the first half mile with Emily Sorg and Burgandy McCarthy in 28th place running together. The girls similar to the boys moved up during the latter part of the race. The first Port girl was Tamara in seventh place, Emily moved up to 16th place with Burgandy in 21st place. Lisa Qin was 63rd and Rebecca Pincus was in 82nd place. The girls team finished fifth which is the best finish for a Weber girls team in this race. In 1995, Mary Beth Houlihan finished eighth in this meet and Kristin Korner finished ninth. The coach of the team, Bruce MacDonald, said that this was one of the best teams he has had the privilege to work with over his years of coaching. This includes middle, high, national and international teams.
The next week seven of Port's cross country runners ran in the Long Island cross-country junior Olympic cross-country championships at Sunken Meadow Park. In the boys 3000-meter race Sean Balaban was third and Mat Mondragon was seventh. In the boys 4000-meter race Peter Gabrielle finished eighth and Andy Scott was ninth. In the girls 4000-meter race Emily Sorg was eighth and Burgandy McCarthy was tenth. In the boys 5000-meter race Adam Davis was fifth. All of those representing the Town of Port Washington qualified for the region championship which consists of all of New England states and New York. The regional championship was also run at Sunken Meadow Park. All of Port's runners ran well. Emily and Burgandy decided not to compete but volunteered to help conduct the race out on the course.