This fall, the Glen Cove Big Red Knights welcomed its largest contingent of student-athletes in program history.
The first three weeks of the season are often the toughest, as the Knights attempt to get back into shape following the summer months. The squads trained rigorously despite the unusually hot weather.
This season, the girls cross-country team is led by two returning All-County runners: senior Grace Blinkoff and junior Thais Delima. The boys squad leader has yet to be determined; however, juniors Sam Israel, Daniel Baboolal and Andrew Banos have all returned. The boys also added juniors Dominic Braisello and Colin Yates, as well as senior Andrew Liu, to the roster..
The Knights tested their early season skills at the Jim Smith Invitational at Sunken Meadow State Park on Sept. 12. Delima finished a strong 24th place in the Junior Class race. The boys were led by senior Andrew Liu, who recorded the best time of the day at 22:27.
The team also enjoyed a beautiful afternoon of races and a little team bonding during its first league meet of the season on Sept. 16 against Wantagh and Roosevelt at Bethpage State Park. The girls team was led by Blinkoff and Delima, who finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively. Also placing were juniors Kayleen Mesa and Fatemah Salam, as well as sophomore Fatima Cardoza. The boys were led by Yates and Liu. Other boys with strong performances were junior Dominic Braisello and sophomore John Dong.
The season looks bright in the weeks ahead for Glen Cove cross-country as the team looks forward to more fine performances. Next up, the team returns to Sunken Meadow State Park to compete in the Bob Pratt Invitational against a contingent of 50 schools. The team will also compete against South Side and Plainedge for the second time.
—Glen Cove School District