Pierson Boys Cross Country, Field Hockey Teams Secure County Titles

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Pierson's boys cross country team won the Suffolk County Class D title on Wednesday, with senior Ben McErlean winning the individual title. DREW BUDD

A pair of Pierson teams won their respective county championships on what was a busy Wednesday for regional varsity sports.

The Pierson boys cross country team started the day by winning the Suffolk County Class D Championship at Sunken Meadow State Park. With Ben McErlean, P.J. Ramundo and Tom Schiavoni taking first, third and fifth place, respectively, the Whalers finished with 26 points, three points less than Shelter Island, to win the ‘D’ title. McErlean finished his high school cross country career by running the 2.5-mile course in 13:30.66. Ramundo finished in 14:16.37 and Schiavoni in 14:41.15.

Pierson’s girls cross country team, led by standout runner Penelope Greene, will be looking to win its Class D title Thursday afternoon at Sunken Meadow.

The Pierson field hockey team won its sixth straight county title on Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over Babylon at Centereach High School. DREW BUDD

The Pierson field hockey team won its sixth straight Suffolk County C title with a 5-0 victory over Babylon at Centereach High School. Eleana Merola scored two goals and Madison Stuckhart, Emma Racelles and Brooke Esposito also deposited goals for the Whalers. Tahnie Sullivan assisted on two of the goals. Grace Perello wasn’t challenged much in goal and made one save. Pierson will play Carle Place for the Long Island Championship this Saturday at Berner Middle School in Massapequa at noon, or directly following the Miller Place/Manhasset match.

Full stories on all teams can be found in next week’s edition The Sag Harbor Express.

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