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After three years of contributing to Northport's quest for Long Island dominance -- something the Tigers accomplished last year by becoming the first Island boys teams to qualify for Nike Cross Nationals -- Brannigan now is free to focus on Brannigan.
Brannigan's name, face, and story got national exposure when he was featured on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Tuesday night. The story focused on Brannigan's success despite having autism.
Northport's boys cross country team dominated the Class A race at the Suffolk boys cross country state qualifying meet yesterday at Sunken Meadow State Park, securing a trip to Queensbury High School for Saturday's state meet.
Syosset's Tyler Italiano is the best of the best, and the fastest of the fast, in Nassau County. No matter the class or league, it became clear as he strode all alone down the final straightaway that the junior is on a level altogether different from that of his peers.
The boys cross-country team defeated Bay Shore yesterday to even their record at 1-1. Veterans Jamison Sherretss, Ryan Pence, and James McKeever lead the way while several key performances were turned in by newcomers Michael Sardi and Greg Phillips. Other personal bests were turned in by Kevin Mckeown, Marc Dubicki, and Brendan Anderson.
Suffolk County announced Tuesday that they have canceled their state qualifier meet, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday at Sunken Meadow State Park.
Helping his Northport team repeat as Suffolk team champions wasn't enough for Mikey Brannigan. The sophomore hadn't won a 5k race all season, and he wanted nothing more than to break his own winless drought, as well.