By Benito Vila
The Lady Whalers cross-country team braved some extremes this week, running in the Florida heat in an invitational at Disney last weekend and returning to the season’s cool in training in the park.
This weekend the girls are participating in the 27th annual Brown High School Cross Country Invitational in Warwick, Rhode Island. There they will come up against top competition from all over the east coast, helping them prep for next Tuesday’s dual meet with Mattituck and Southold at Red Creek Park and the county championships November 6 at Sunken Meadow.
In describing the Disney trip, Lady Whaler coach Jim Kinnier reported, “The weather was hot; 93 degrees at race time. In addition, the humidity was over 90%, with bright sunshine. They ran their worst times, however I’m just glad that none of them suffered from dehydration or worse. The kids came in saying that they missed Sunken Meadow and Cardiac Hill. I never thought I’d ever hear that.”
“There were teams from all over the U.S. If it weren’t for the heat, it would have been a great running experience. Next year we’ll go somewhere, but it won’t be the southeast.” In looking ahead to the weekend in Rhode Island, Coach Kinnier said, “We look forward to a much better experience.”
The Whaler cross-country team has been staying close to home in training for its dual meet next Tuesday. By opting out of the Suffolk Officials Invitational at Sunken Meadow last Saturday, the boys passed up an opportunity to join the girls at Brown this weekend.
Tuesday’s meet closes out the regular season schedule for both teams, the boys going in 1-2 and the girls 0-3.