Since the Weber Middle School's boys and girls cross country teams were established nine years ago, there have been many outstanding teams and individuals. This year's team performance was the greatest yet, breaking many records. The girls produced an undefeated season winning 25 times. The boys had 23 wins and only two losses. The boys B and C team and the girls B team all finished the season with 23 wins and two losses. The two teams train as one team each day. On days of competition, the boys start the races with the girls following in 5-10 minutes. The season normally consists of eight meets, the first four courses are a mile and a half and the last four courses are two miles in length. Each of these meets is against five or six other school teams from the North Shore. The girls perfect season has unofficially awarded them the title of North Shore champions.
Usually, the largest and final meet of the season is the Carnival, which is held at Great Neck South on their hilly course. The competition is against all the middle school cross-country teams in the county. Unfortunately, the meet was called off leaving the team disappointed and all their hard work in vain.
The final ranking of the members of the girls A team were Erica Carras, Veronica Gil, both seventh graders, followed by Elise Ressa, Liz Park, Daisy Barrera, Ann Lee, Yestle Kim and Emily Browning. Julia Zaskorski was out with tendonitis for most of the season, but was able to finish third for the team in the last two meets.
The girls B team was led by Sam Milhaven, with Valentina Guerra, Alyssa Kurtz, Yeon Lee, Blake Mergler, Reid Mergler and Sam Palmer.
The boys A team was led by Jake Levine, followed by Paul Scott, Solomon Hoffman, Travis Hartblay, Willy Levine, Chen Liu, Justin Joyce and Lucas Smith.
The boys B and C teams were made up of Nick Capozzi, Andrew Diffley, Raphie Ades-Aron, Matt Epstein, Max Gottesman, T.J. Hoban, Harry Mann, James McCallen, Andrew Minicucci, Ari Schickler, Jeff Sims and Matt Weinstein.
The fine performances of this year's seventh-graders bring a positive outlook towards the cross-country team next year, as they will be returning athletes.
When Coach Bruce MacDonald was asked about this year's team, he replied that it was one of the best teams he's seen and that he was extremely proud of all the runners. He also said that Port Washington has more than its share of true athletes and that it is fortunate that so many of them have come out for track and field. Port Washington has produced 10 track and field athletes who have competed in international competition and also broken world records. The names of a few are Ellen Minkon, Chris Shea and Neni Davis. All three have broken eight world records between them.
The cross-country team has always been one of the top teams in the county, but this year's team was the greatest ever both in size and in season records.