According to a 1988 dance hit by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, “it takes two to make a thing go right.”
But sometimes it requires more, as the Arlington High School cross country teams demonstrated on Saturday with its boys and girls teams winning their respective invitationals.
Conor Stack took sixth overall, completing the 2.5-mile Van Cortlandt Park course in 13:14 to lead Arlington to first place in the Manhattan Invitational in the Bronx. The Admirals edged Sachem North, 69-70, to win.
Sachem North had the race’s top two finishers, but Arlington showed its depth, placing five runners in the top 25.
“I’m getting older,” Arlington coach Steve Arnett said. “I don’t know how many of these close calls I can take.”
Joe Morrison took 10th (13:35), Eric Sbrollini finished 12th (13:41), Skyler Rubin was 20th (13:53), Reece Ragusa placed 21st (13:53), Matt Dillon took 26th (13:58) and Brendan Foley 39th (14:09).
The Arlington girls took first in the John Lombardo Invitational at Saugerties High School. Meghan LaTuso won the race, completing it in 18:55, and the Admirals finished ahead of Monticello, 50-66.
Riley Loughlin took 12th (20:04), Ariane Garrett came in 15th (20:23), Madeline Garrett took 16th (20:31) and Julia Sclafani was 18th (20:42).
“The girls were real focused and they wanted to come home with a win,” Admirals girls coach Diana Lucas said. “I’m very proud of their performance.”
Added Arnett: “Both teams had a chance to do something special and to deliver on that, it put a big smile on our faces.”