WOODLAND PARK - Hasbrouck Heights continued its dominance over the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference Meadowlands cross-country scene, winning both the boys and girls titles Monday afternoon at Garret Mountain Reservation.
"I'm extremely proud of both teams," said cross-country coach Mike Ryan. "We started training back in June and the attendance over the summer was unbelievable. These kids worked so hard, and as the season went on, realized they could bring home league titles. "
Behind a league-best effort from Giana DiLascio, Hasbrouck Heights captured the girl’s title by a score of 19-49 over Secaucus. Saddle Brook came in third with 64 points with Immaculate Conception finishing fourth, with 113. For the girls, its their third league title in a row and seventh in 10 years. It is DiLascio's second straight league individual title.
Ryan Mernin’s second place (18:10) led the boys over Secaucus, 38 - 58.
it's their second league title in three years and the first time they won the league meet itself since 1974.
Becton came in the third with 78 points. The Aviators balance throughout the lineup was once again what carried them to victory, as Heights had seven runners, who finished amongst the top 21 runners in the race
Rei Vaka finished seventh, with Jeremy Bailey finishing eighth. Nick Bua and TJ Singh rounded out the scoring, as only the top five earn points. Runners not scoring however, increase the number of points that the other runners behind them score, helping the team.
On the girl’s side, Shannon Artuso (4th), Roberta LaBarbera (6th) , Mia Guerra (7th) and Brianna Kelly (8th) all scored in the top 10 to lead to the dominating victory. Maddie Ross (12th) and Hayley Kasper (26th) rounded out the Lady Aviators team.
In the boys JV race, Adam Stavash and Vincente Meija-Torres came in 1-2 as Heights continued to dominate. Dennis Riordan (7th) and Joe Canavatchel (8th) also finished in the top 10. Gangshar Lama (16) and Justin Perez (46) rounded out the team. Stavash and Vincente Meija-Torres came in 1-2 as Heights continued to dominate. Dennis Riordan (7th) and Joe Canavatchel (8th) also finished in the top 10. Gangshar Lama (16) and Justin Perez (46) rounded out the team.
In the combined freshmen race, Jake Porci finished second as the Aviators had a strong showing (there was no team scoring.) Mizan Modak (8th), Cole Sonzogni (11th), Darwin Urgiles (19th) and James Stanton (39th) ran on the boys side. Emily Estrada (46) and Kayla Urgiles (48) represented the girls in the race.