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Manhasset Cross Country Places Second at Counties

Bourguet takes individual county title

The Boys Varsity team completed its competitive team schedule this past weekend with a second place finish at the Nassau County B Championships at Bethpage State Park. The Indians finished only 10 points behind a tough Garden City squad, just missing a berth to the State Championships next weekend. The Indians’ fifth place overall finish marks the fourth consecutive year that Manhasset has placed in the top five programs in all of Nassau County, an impressive feat for a small school.

Junior captain Stephen Bourguet became the first athlete in Manhasset’s history to claim the overall Nassau County title, leading the race from the gun and finishing in 16:04, breaking his own school record along the way. Teammate and fellow captain Charlie Morris (16:41) finished third in the race despite battling illness throughout the week, and will join Bourguet in representing Manhasset next weekend at the NYSPHAA Cross Country Championships in Verona, NY.

Junior Mark Chouryguin placed third for the squad, running a season best 17:31, as sophomore Matt Weilep (17:44), and freshman Carter Paterson (18:32) both ran personal bests to pace Manhasset. Stephen Tranchina (19:11) and Donald Spampinato (19:19) rounded out the top seven, competing in their first County Championship.

While the team fell just short of its goal of a team County title, the future looks very bright as Manhasset will return six of seven members from this season’s varsity squad.