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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.
The awards are presented annually to the male and female senior athletes of the year in Suffolk County by the Butch Dellecave Foundation in conjunction with the Economic Council of Suffolk, Inc., and Newsday. The awards, which come with $1,000 scholarships, also recognize outstanding academic achievement and community service.