By Gavin Menu
Another Suffolk County Championship has come home to Sag Harbor, this time from a new crew of Lady Whalers.
The Pierson girls cross county team defeated Shelter Island, Stony Brook and Southold to win the county Class D Championship at Sunken Meadow State Park on Friday. It is the team’s first county championship since it won back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008.
The Lady Whalers totaled 33 points to beat Shelter Island by just three points. The win came one day after the school’s field hockey team, the defending state champion, lost its bid for a county title by losing to Southampton.
Lindsey Gallagher from Shelter Island won the individual Class D title, beating Pierson’s Hannah Jungck by just three seconds. Still, Jungck’s time of 21:09 was her best of the season at Sunken Meadow as she charged from fourth place to second over the last mile of the 5K course.
Caroline Jungck finished in fifth place overall with a time of 21:51, while Phoebe Miller finished seventh in 23:11. Pierson’s other scorers were Arlena Burns (9th place, 23:36), Alaina Goggin (10th, 23:47) and Maya Buckner (11th, 24:03). Pierson’s seventh runner, eighth-grader Carly Browngardt, finished in 19th place with a time of 26:39.
“It was truly a team effort,” Pierson coach Jim Kinnier said, “without which, Pierson would not have won.”
Next up for the Lady Whalers is the New York State race this Saturday, November 8, at SUNY—Canton. Pierson will compete with all seven of its runners as an individual team, but also as the Class D representative of Suffolk County along with the top three runners from Shelter Island and top two runners from Stony Brook.