The 25 best men’s cross country runners for 2022

Newsday’s annual list of top men’s cross country runners for the fall 2022 season, listed alphabetically. Unless otherwise stated, all times are 5 kilometers.

Jordan Altman, Syosset, Sr.

Nassau’s top returner finished third in Class A at the County State Qualifier at Bethpage State Park. Altman ran 17:07.2 at the Public Schools State Championships at Chenango Valley State Park.

Douglas Antaky, Smithtown, Jr.

He ran 17:17.97 in Suffolk State qualifying at Sunken Meadow State Park and finished eighth in Class A.

Aidan Brancaccio, Saint-Antoine, Sr.

He placed second in 13:35.46 at the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA League Championships on the 2.5-mile Sunken Meadow course.

Brandon Cruz, Northport, Jr.

He clocked the fifth fastest time (17:39.40) at the Suffolk Division Championships at Sunken Meadow.

Sean Dearie, St. Anthony’s, Sr.

Dearie ran 17:05.13 at the Ocean State Invitational in Rhode Island and 13:59.80 at the CHSAA 2.5-mile Intersectional Championships at Van Cortlandt Park.

Left to right: Jordan Altman of Syosset, and Aidan Brancaccio and Sean Dearie of St. Anthony’s.

Gavin Giordano, Calhoun, Sr.

He finished 20th overall in 17:11.22 in Nassau State qualifying at Bethpage.

Jake Gogarty, Bay Shore, Jr.

Gogarty is Suffolk’s second-fastest Class A returner. He ran in 17:17.36 in Suffolk State Qualifying at Sunken Meado and finished third in 16:51.12 at the Tom Knipfing Invitational at Fireman’s Field.

Trevor Hayes, Westhampton, Jr.

Hayes ran 16:46.33 in the Suffolk State qualifier at Sunken Meadow. His 16:49.3 at State Public School Championships in Chenango Valley was 15th in Class B at Chenango Valley.

Max Haynia, Westhampton, Sr.

He is the fastest Class B returner in the state after placing seventh in 16:26.9 at the Chenango Valley Public Schools Championships. Haynia finished second in Class B at the Suffolk Division Championships and State Qualifiers at Sunken Meadow.

Jack Higgins, Chaminade, Sr.

Higgins ran 13:54.7 and placed 20th on the 2.5-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park at the CHSAA Intersectional Championships.

William Hughes, Calhoun, Sr.

Hughes finished fifth in Class II in 17:11.19 at the Nassau Class Conference Championships at Bethpage.

Clockwise from top left: Trevor Hayes and Max Haynia of Westhampton,...

Clockwise from top left: Trevor Hayes and Max Haynia of Westhampton, William Hughes of Calhoun and Jack Higgins of Chaminade.

Flynn Klipstein, Southold, Jr.

He won the Class C/D race in 18:03.5 in Suffolk State qualifying at Sunken Meadow. Klipstein is the second-fastest comeback at the Peconic Invitational, where he ran 19:52.71 at Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays last September.

James McNaughton, Northport, Sr.

His 17:31.9 at the Chenango Valley Public Schools State Championships was among the 10 fastest times by a Long Island underclassman.

Patrick Mulryan, Chaminade, Sr.

He ran 14:03.11 on the 2.5-mile Sunken Meadow course and finished seventh at the Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA league championships.

Myles Munro, Seaford, Soph.

Munro placed third in Class III in 17:44.40 at the Nassau Class County Championships in Bethpage.

Anthony O’Brien, Ward Melville, Sr.

O’Brien ran 17:35.1 to finish 16th in Suffolk State qualifying at Sunken Meadow.

John Ortiz, Carey, Sr.

Oritz ran 17:04.3 to finish 15th in Nassau State qualifying at Bethpage.

Jeremy Paredes, St. Anthony’s, Sr.

He is the leading returner at the CHSAA Intersectional Championships, where he ran 13:34.6 and placed fifth on the 2.5-mile course at Van Cortlandt Park.

From left to right, Patrick Mulryan of Chaminade, Myles Munro of Seaford and St....

Left to right are Patrick Mulryan of Chaminade, Myles Munro of Seaford and Jeremy Paredes of St. Anthony.

Chris Payne, Northport, Sr.

He ran 18:03.20 at the Suffolk Division Championships at Sunken Meadow.

Nicolas Sardes, Carey, Sr.

Sardes was 18th in 17:08.93 in Nassau State qualifying at Bethpage.

Logan Schaeffler, Calhoun, Jr.

Schaeffler finished fourth in Class A in 16:21.93 during Nassau State qualifying at Bethpage.

Timothy Sheahan, Northport, Sr.

He is Suffolk’s fastest Class A returner. Sheahan finished sixth in Suffolk State qualifying in 17:06.29 at Sunken Meadow.

From left to right: Chris Payne of Northport, Sam Sturge of North Shore and...

Left to right: Chris Payne of Northport, Sam Sturge of North Shore and Hunter Wilson of St. Anthony.

Sam Sturge, North Shore, Sr.

The defending Nassau Class III champion ran 17:16.93 at the Nassau Class County Championships in Bethpage.

George Thomas, Farmingdale, Soph.

He finished 12th in Class A in 17:05.22 during Nassau State qualifying at Bethpage.

Hunter Wilson, St. Anthony, Sr.

The defending CHSAA league champion from Nassau-Suffolk ran 13:33.35 on the 2.5-mile Sunken Meadow course in the league championship meet.

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