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A First Division Championship!

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The high school’s varsity girls cross-country team earned its first league championship since 2009, going 6-0 in the regular season, and then on Oct. 28, won East Islip’s first division championship in school history by a convincing 29 points over their next competitors. The team will enter the state qualifier on Nov. 5, competing for a trip to the state championship. 

During this incredible season, East Islip took first place in three different invitationals, the Jim Smith Invitational at Sunken Meadow on Sept. 11, the Xavier Invitational at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Sept. 25 and the Manhattan College Invitational at Van Cortlandt Park on Oct. 9. At the latter, famed as the largest cross-country meet in the country, East Islip not only came in first but placed six runners in the top 36.

Four members of the team were named All-League First Team: senior Joy Petersen, eighth grader Danielle Simonetti, junior Olivia Simonetti and senior Sam Tucci. Those four as well as seventh grader Kathryn Simonetti were named to the All-Division team.

The deep squad is rounded out by eighth graders Kaylee Garatina and Grace Micali, freshmen Danielle Birner and Sophia Espinal, juniors Sarah Birner and Hailey DeHaas, and seniors Gianna Motto and Jenna Scandale.

“Day in and day out, the girls have been productive at the highest level,” coach John Reynolds said. “In an extremely difficult league, the girls went undefeated in convincing fashion. On the weekends, they dominated all invitationals they have run in. The girls put in tons of hard work over the summer and early fall to give themselves these wonderful opportunities, and have taken on all challenges with great class. They represent East Islip and run with EI Pride every day that they lace up their sneakers.”

Friday, January 21, 2022