A victory over Southold at Indian Island Park on October 20 for the Pierson boys cross country team would have forced a share of the League VII title between the two rivals, but the Settlers proved to be too much.
By winning the final dual meet of the season, 24-31, Southold won the league title outright, while Pierson tied with Center Moriches and Port Jefferson for second place.
Whaler P.J. Ramundo won the boys race in 17:41 but the Settlers took the race by taking the next four placements. Justin Gardner was the second Whaler to finish, sixth overall, crossing the finish line in 19:05, which was a two minute personal best according to head coach Joe Amato. Mike Ramundo, P.J.’s younger brother, finished in 19:20, Coleman Dee finished in 19:43 and Griffin Greene rounded out the scoring for Pierson by crossing in 19:47. Amato said just about everyone on the team finished with personal bests, Southold simply ran a better race and he gave the Settlers credit for doing so.
The Pierson girls went into their race knowing they were going to get a few more victories to add to their final count since both Southold and Ross don’t have enough runners to score a meet and had to forfeit, but they still ran hard. Hannah Ramundo had what her head coach Jim Kinnier said was her best race of the season, finishing second overall in 24:18. Sabrina McManus and Luna Desir came out of the woods at the same time, with McManus finishing just ahead at 26:28 to Desir’s 26:32. The Pierson girls wrapped up the season with a 4-3 record in League VII.
Both Pierson squads ran at the Division IV Championships this past Tuesday at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, but the races won’t mean all that much since both will be moving on to counties on November 5.