Rockland County Championships

Thursday was a good day for North Rockland and Suffern, as the Red Raiders boys and girls teams took home team championships, while two Suffern runners took home individual honors.

The Red Raiders’ boys team became the first team in North Rockland history to win three-consecutive cross country Rockland County team championships, while the girls team won for the second year in a row, taking back-to-back titles with ease.

James Naglieri led the boys with his second place finish (15:58.11), while teammates Nick Bien-Aime and Timothy Mendez followed-up with fifth and sixth place finishes.

On the girls side of things, Alexis Hatcher led the Red Raiders with her third place finish (18:43.25) and teammate Ellie Hekker followed Hatcher by taking fourth place (18:54.19).

Representing Suffern with great pride were Tyler Frigge and Ursula Svoboda, who each took first place honors in their respective races, becoming individual Rockland County champions for the first time in their varsity running careers.

Frigge was more than happy to end his senior year with a bang, while Svoboda has two more seasons to continue to improve and grow as an even stronger runner.

2009 Rockland County individual champion Megan Young was hampered by tendinitis in her right ankle, but still managed to finish second to Svoboda with a time of 18:39.12.

Rob Cristino

Rob Cristino has been with The Journal News and LoHud.com since November 2009. He has covered a wide variety of sports. He graduated from Salesian High School in 2004 and Eastern Connecticut State University in 2008. He is a resident of Mount Vernon.