Brian Halling was thrilled. It was a first for his runners.
The Franklin D. Roosevelt High School cross country coach’s boys and girls teams won the Mid-Hudson Athletic League team championship for the first time in program history at Ogden Mills Mansion in Staatsburg on Friday. The boys individual champion was Kevin McMorrow of Dover, while the girls individual champion was Taylor Edmundson of Webutuck.
Halling praised the community for his team’s feat.
“We’ve been training for years for this day and if we didn’t have the track in our community we wouldn’t have been able to do it,” Halling said. “It made a huge difference.
“We ran like a family and I’m privileged to coach them.”
The Roosevelt boys finished the 5K in 1:27:14.11. Dover finished second as a team (1:30:15.62), while Wallkill was third (1:33:12.96). The Roosevelt girls won in 1:48:34.45. New Paltz was second as a team (1:50:37.34) and Rondout Valley was third (1:53:17.63).
McMorrow finished in 16:44.41. Garrett Burnett of Roosevelt was second (17:04.34) and Dover’s William Esposito was third (17:11.03).
Edmundson finished first in 19:51.69. Abigail Williams of Wallkill placed second (20:02.81) while New Paltz’s Jessica Cohen was third (20:10.41).
The New Paltz boys finished fifth (1:35:12.93), Red Hook was sixth (1:35:42.45), Marlboro seventh (1:37:59.33), Spackenkill ninth (1:42:03.77), Highland 11th (1:41:46.78), Millbrook 13th (1:47:39.28) and Rhinebeck 14th (1:53:44.63).
As a team the Dover girls were fifth (1:57:00.56), Marlboro seventh (1:58:57.15), Red Hook eighth (1:59:56.40), Spackenkill ninth (2:02:11.89), Millbrook 10th (2:11:42.32) and Rhinebeck 11th (2:21:30.91).
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