Courtesy photo.

The Riverhead High School girls cross country team has won a league championship for the first time in 20 years.

“The last time was in 1998,” head coach Justin Cobis said.

The team compiled a 5-0 record this year.

“The girls all work very hard,” Cobis said. “They run five to seven miles a day. Some run all winter. They really deserve this,” he said.

“It’s a sport that doesn’t have a lot of fanfare,” the coach said, “but they are very dedicated.”

The team has two seniors and a “core” of juniors, some of whom have been in the program since seventh grade,” Cobis said.

The girls and boys cross country programs work together and Cobis thanked boys’ coach Matt Yakaboski for his assistance.

Initially people thought the league championship was a first for Riverhead girls cross country. But Cobis said he did some research and found the 1998 title.

“There’s not a lot of records,” he said. “But I found a photo indicating a league championship in ’98.”

Still, that’s a long time.

“I’m very proud of them,” Cobis said.

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