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The berth marks the second consecutive year Long Island will send a boys team to the national meet. Northport went last season. It is the first time St. Anthony's has made the year-ending race, coach Tim Dearie said.
Lee completed the 5k course in 18 minutes, 48.5 seconds, placing 20th in the girls race and earning third team All-Northeast. No freshman posted a better mark.
The Shoreham-Wading River freshman followed up her Class B public school state championship, won last week in Canton, with a top-five finish at the state Federation championships, held Saturday at Bowdoin Park.
It would have been impossible for DeCicco to finish any higher than she did, winning the Class A title in 19 minutes, 13.55 seconds at the Suffolk County Championships on Friday.
Joshua Hadity from Commack, that is. The senior won the 5k championship race in 16 minutes, 32.15 seconds Tuesday. Hadity topped Port Jefferson's James Burke, who finished second in 16:44.62 and Northport's Mike Brannigan, who was third in 16:49.62.
Gerland is the top returner on Long Island. Last season, she placed sixth at the New York Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls, running the 5K course in 18 minutes, 45.3 seconds. The finish was the highest among Island girls.