Nike Indoor Nationals

Reggie Lewis — March 12-14, 2010
John Bleday Earns All American Honors! John Bleday joins Camille Murphy, 2009 All American in the mile and Emily Lanois, 2009 All American in the 5000m.
NIN Emerging Elites photo gallery

The final EE performance of the three day National Championship was a stellar effort by Xaverian senior John Bleday, who found himself in the fastest high-school-only mile ever contested. (There have been faster high school milers but they were all part of collegiate or open races.) Dartmouth College-bound Johnny finished 5th in the top seeded race but was bumped to 6th by Matthew Jablonski who won a section earlier in the day with a time of 4:15.33, a mere two-tenths faster. Johnny grabbed the final All-American position with the second fastest time of his high school career, 4:15.54. This represents an amazing senior championship indoor track season, as Johnny won the EMass Division I Mile Title, defended his MIAA All Class Meet Mile Title, and earned High School All American. Congratulations John and the Xaverian coaching staff!

Competing at 8:30am Sunday morning in their first ever National Championship, Tara Sullivan improved her time 4 seconds from last year and hit a PR in the 800m, while newbie Jenny Wagner, whose previous racing experience was in the 55m and 300m, finished right behind her in her first 800m ever!

Also early Sunday morning, Rice University-bound Jeff Brown saved a little too much for the last lap but landed an indoor PR in the 800m! Senior Tyler Moules found himself in a very tight box late in the race and was unable to unleash his notable kick... we're looking forward to seeing it outdoors!

On Friday, Lee Milne finished 9th in the Freshmen Girls Mile after taking the season off from competitive running.  Spending most of her winter Nordic skiing for Dover-Sherborn High School, Lee finished 22nd in the MASS HS State Skiing championship, qualified and competed in the prestigious J2 Championships... all before heading to the Reggie for a run at the mile. Her 5:18 is her best performance indoors. Last year her indoor best as an eighth grader was 5:30.

Wellesley High School junior Jess Kaliski had a very solid 18:15 in the 5000m Friday afternoon. Jess has improved dramatically this year, following up her breakthrough cross country season with a fabulous indoor season.

Congratulations to all seven Emerging Elites who qualified and competed this weekend at the National Scholastic Nike Indoor National Track Championship at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center!

Friday, March 12
Girls freshmen mile
9th    Milne, Lee            5:18.62   1500 - (4:58.30)

Girls 5000m
12th  Kaliski, Jessica 18:16.87

Sunday March 14
Boys Mile Championship section
6th  Bleday, John      4:15.54  1500 - (3:59.66)

Full results at

Boys 800m
42nd Brown, Jeff          1:59.21 Indoor PR
72nd Moules, Tyler       2:01.28

Full results at

Girls 800
52nd Sullivan, Tara         2:23.10 PR
59th Wagner, Jennifer     2:24.74 PR

Full results at

MIAA All-State Indoor Track & Field Championships

Reggie Lewis — February 28, 2010

A special congratulations to John Bleday, Boys Mile State Champion and the Xaverian coaches.  John is the only runner to defend his state championship title in the mile since 2001!  Also, congratulations to Jessie Kaliski and Alison Lanois for earning a spot on the podium!

Event 5  Girls 2 Mile Run
 6. Kaliski, Jessie              JR Wellesley HS           11:19.11 – PR, 6th place!!

Event 7  Girls 1 Mile Run
 6. Lanois, Alison              JR Hamilton-Wen         5:05.23 – PR, 6th place!!
15. Fouda, Priyanka          SO Wellsley HS             5:18.35 – PR
16. D'Agostino, Abbey      SR Masconomet          5:18.98  

Event 8  Boys 1 Mile Run
1. Bleday, John                 SR Xaverian                  4:20.34 – STATE CHAMPION!

Event 13  Girls 1000 Meter Run
14. Mello, Kathy                JR Boston Latin            3:07.83  

Event 14  Boys 1000 Meter Run
12. Brown, Jeff                  SR Medfield                  2:36.83  
15. Moules, Tyler              SR Billerica                    2:37.45

USATF New England Indoor Track & Field Championships

Harvard University — February 21, 2010

Congratulations to Henry Russell on another PR in the mile. Sarah Foster continues to run within one second of her new PR in the 800.
Lee Milne, who ran only 1-2 times per week all winter while competing in Nordic skiing, ran a very solid 5:20. Just a year ago Lee’s mile PR was 5:30.  Lee will be competing in the J2’s in Nordic Skiing the first weekend of March.

Girls 800m
   14. Sarah Foster            2:31.65
    19. Miriam Stulin           2:45.34

Girls Mile
2.  Lee Milne                 5:20.30
    14. Katie Ellinger          5:51.37

Boys Mile
23. Henry Russell        4:37.58 PR

Boys 800m
   48. Nick D’Agostino     2:16.83

MIAA Indoor Divisional Championships - Division I & II

Reggie Lewis — February 20, 2010

In the first Championship Meet of the day, Xaverian brothers Senior John Bleday defended his MIAA State Division I Mile title with a 4:19. The Dartmouth-bound distance runner won in 2009 with a time of 4:24.9. Kathy Mello, a Boston Latin School Junior had a very strong race with a PR of 3:04.57. Kathy returned on the BLS Wolfpack relay to run a 62.8 split. For the second winter season Kathy has earned a spot in the 1000 at the MIAA Al-State Meet.

In the afternoon the Division II meet started upon conclusion of the Division I meet. With a very strong kick Wellesley sophomore Priyanka Fouda set a nine second personal best placing second in the mile in 5:20. Priyanka qualified for the MIAA All State Meet Indoors for the first time. (Last year Priyanka placed 9th in the division III 2 mile race). Priyanka's team mate Jess Kaliski enjoyed a breakthrough performance in the 2 mile finishing fourth in 11:22. Ever steady Abbey D’Agostino finished 4th to advance to the All-State Meet as well.

Our coaches did their best to turn in a strong performance befitting the type of athletic effort and commitment extended by our athletes being onsite nonstop at Reggie between Friday 2:30pm and Saturday evening only taking 8 hours off to sleep.  Congratulations to all!

MIAA State Division I Indoor Track and Field Meet Championships
RLTAC Saturday 2/20/10

Boys 1000
   8. Tyler Moules              2:37.03 

Boys Mile
   1. John Bleday              4:19.59

Boys 2 Mile
   14. Ben Halpin           10:01.60  

Girls 600
   10. Jenny Wagner        1:42.40   

Girls 1000
   4. Kathy Mello                3:04.57 PR
   11. Amy Dao                   3:14.24  
   13. Cally Moules           3:15.35  
   19. Eliza Lambergs      3:19.65  

 12 Boston Latin School               4:22.39              
     3) Eliza Lambergs JR       4) Kathy Mello JR    

MIAA State Division II Indoor Track and Field Meet Championships
RLTAC Saturday 2/20/10

Boys 2 Mile
11. Stadler, Chris               10:06.01  

Girls Mile
   2. Fouda, Priyanka               5:20.42  PR
    4. D'Agostino, Abbey            5:21.84  

Girls 2 mile
   4. Kaliski, Jessie                   11:25.37 PR
    28. Crowley, Elizabeth          12:47.47

4x800 Girls Relay
   7 Wellsley HS                         10:09.46  
     1) Fouda, Priyanka                             
     4) Kaliski, Jessie JR  

MIAA Indoor Divisional Championships - Division IV

Reggie Lewis — February 19, 2010

Indoor Championship Season off to a great start!

Congratulations to Coach Sawyer’s Hamilton-Wenham Generals, who won both the Boys (42 points) and Girls (40 points) MIAA State Division IV titles.

Junior Alison Lanois had a huge PR winning the mile in 5:09. Alison factored into half of the generals points scoring 10 points in the mile and running a great lead off leg in the 4x800 setting an indoor PR of 2:24 giving her team a lead they would never relinquish (another 10 points).

The one difficult part of the evening was an untimely flu like illness that a number of winter athletes recently contracted hit Tara Sullivan on Friday morning. Tara battled through a very active illness Friday night, when most of us would never have left our homes, finishing 6th in the 1000. Top 5 in each division make it to the MIAA All Class meet. Tara finished 5th in the seeded heat, but misses by less than half a second as winner of the second heat edges her out based on time.  Tara had to scratch from the Ursuline 4x800 but her teammates still captured 2nd.

Half of the top two Girls 4x800 relay teams, Hamilton Wenham and Ursuline, trained together in last summers EE training program. Anna Dolan for Ursuline had her best race of the season as she ran step for step with Allison Lanois in the first leg. Both girls separated their teams by a substantial distance from the rest of the field. Cyrena Shiland passed up the possibility of individual honors in the 1000 to help secure the school record and victory for the 4x800 team. The always steady Mikaela Prego ran a very solid leg for Ursuline maintaining their position in the field.

Nathaniel McGough battled through a prolonged recent illness to spark the Generals to their title. He passed on the opportunity to compete in individual events to run both Hamilton- Wenham relays which decided the outcome of the meet. Coach Sawyer demonstrated tremendous trust in his senior who had missed many practices and meets the past three weeks. The 4x800 and 4x400 relay teams earned 16 of Hamilton Wenham’s 42 points as they edged Seekonk by just 2 points to win the Boys Division IV title.

MIAA State Division IV Indoor Track and Field Meet Championships
RLTAC Friday 2/19/10

Girls Mile
1.   Alison Lanois    5:09.32 PR

Girls 1000
 6.   Tara Sullivan    3:13.02

Girls 4x800 meter Relay
   1 HAMILTON-WENHAM HS                   9:51.17  New school record by 5 seconds
        leg 1 Alison Lanois JR
        leg 3 Cyrena Shiland SR
    2 URSULINE ACADEMY                      10:15.35  
        Leg 1 Anna Dolan JR
        Leg 3 Mikaela Prego

Boys 4x400
   3 HAMILTON-WENHAM HS                                  3:37.03
        Nathaniel McGough

Boys 4x800
   1 HAMILTON-WENHAM HS                                  8:26.19  
        Nathaniel McGough SR           

Weekend Racing, January 9-10, 2010

Northeast Indoor Classic
Reggie Lewis — Sunday, January 10

(Pictures posted at:

1500m Youth Boys
(2) George Wright, Emerging Elites (4:46.50)

1500m Intermediate Boys
(1) Henry Russell, Emerging Elites (4:21.32) - meet record!
(2) Nick Foley, Emerging Elites (4:32.57)

1500m Intermediate Girls
(1) Tara Sullivan, Unattached (5:13.52)
(2) Sarah Foster, Emerging Elites (5:25.04)
(5) Taylor McCarthy, Emerging Elites (6:03.06)

200m Trials Youth Boys
(13) Alex DiFelice, Emerging Elites (28.31)

400m Intermediate Girls
(2) Miriam Stulin, Emerging Elites (1:15.99)

400m Intermediate Boys
(1) Nick Foley, Emerging Elites (56.28)

800m Youth Girls
(2) Mahal Alvarez-Backus (2:30.80)

MSTCA Winter Festival
Reggie Lewis — Saturday, January 9

300m Girls
(11) Jenny Wagner, Framingham, soph, (45.44)

1000m Girls
(2) Kathy Mello, Boston Latin, junior, (3:08.54)
(7) Elza Lambergs, Boston Latin, junior, (3:16.39) - PR!

1 Mile Boys
(13) Nick D’Agostino, Boston Latin, junior, (4:56.75) - PR!

Dartmouth Relays
Dartmouth College, Hanover – January 9 and 10

College/Open 800m Men
(13) Alex Tarnoff, Dartmouth, soph, (2:01.74)

College/Open 3000m Men
(6) Alex Hall, Dartmouth, senior, (8:39.08)
(22) John Jantz, Northeastern, freshman, (9:03.35)

High School 800m Boys
(3) Tyler Moules, Billerica, senior, (2:01.63)

High School 1 Mile Unseeded Boys
(11) Ben Halpin, St. John’ Prep, junior, (4:45.45)

High School 1 Mile Seeded Boys
(2) John Bleday, Xaverian, senior, (4:19.73) - PR!

High School 1 Mile Seeded Girls
(13) Abbey D’Agostino, Masconomet, senior, (5:16.82)

All-State Mass XC Championships!

For pictures from the races, please visit the Emerging Elites photo galleries.

2009 Cross Country Highlights

5 League Champions
2 EMass Division Champions
2 New England Prep Champions
14 EMass All-State Qualifiers
3 CMass All-State Qualifiers
8 Prep All New England
5 All ISL

More to come... All League honors and All Scholastics will be coming out soon... Stay tuned!

Massachusetts All-State Cross Country Championships, 11/21/09 Northfield, MA

On Saturday, November 21, 17 Emerging Elites athletes ventured out to Northfield for the All-State Championship. Home of the legendary ski slope and interesting races over the years, this weekend did not disappoint. With EMass athletes still wringing out the mud from their uniforms and CMass athletes working on a shortened week with their divisional meet held on Monday afternoon in Gardner, the All-State meet featured some great racing and performances by Emerging Elites.

Division I Girls

Abbey D’Agostino, Masconomet, 12th 19:46, SR
Priyanka Fouda, Wellesley, 27th 20:17, SO
Jessie Kaliski, Wellesley, 28th, 20:18, JR
Ali Tyburski, Shepherd Hill, 49th, 20:58, SR
Amy Dao, Acton-Boxboro, 91st, 21:54, SR
Liz Crowley, Algonquin Regional, dns (sick)

Division II Girls

Alison Lanois, Hamilton-Wenham, 4th 19:36, JR
Lee Milne, Dover-Sherborn, 7th 19:44, FR
Kellie Lodge, Hopkinton, 18th 20:29, JR
Cyrena Shiland, Hamilton-Wenham, 30th 20:56 SR

Division I Boys

John Bleday, Xaverian, 18th 16:59, SR
John Williamson, Wellesley, 49th 17:29, JR
Ben Halpin, St. John’s Prep, 53rd 17:32, JR
Brendon Aylaian, Nashoba Regional, 77th 17:49, SR

Division II Boys

Joe Hill, Medfield, 47th 17:52, SR
Nathaniel McGough, Hamilton-Wenham, 100th 18:46, SR
Jeff Brown, Medfield, 118th 19:14, SR

Central Mass XC Championships!

For pictures from the races, please visit the Emerging Elites photo galleries.

Central Massachusetts Cross Country Championships (Gardner Golf Course, MA)
Note: 2.9 mile course

Division I Girls
Ali Tyburski, Shepherd Hill, 8th 18:27.2, SR, 1st on team
Liz Crowley, Algonquin Regional, 10th 18:35.9, SR, 1st on team

Division I Boys
Brendon Aylaian, Nashoba Regional, 12th 15:30.9, SR, 2nd on team

Congratulations to Ali, Liz and Brendon for advancing to the MIAA All-State Championship at Northfield Mount Hermon on Saturday, November 21!

EMass XC Championships, New Englands, NCAA Northeast Regionals!

For pictures from the races, please visit the Emerging Elites photo galleries.

This was certainly a memorable weekend for Emerging Elites athletes as there were many great performances at Eastern Mass Cross Country Championships and the New England Prep School Cross Country Championships, not to mention a monsoon that swamped the race courses. Congratulations to all Emerging Elites athletes and their high school coaches for a great season of cross country racing!

The Eastern Mass Cross Country Championship held at Franklin Park on Saturday, November 14 was one for the ages. With the shin-deep mud and the knee-deep puddles (ponds), the Franklin Park race course hosted eight high school races, with the course getting sloppier, muddier and more beat up each race.

Weekend Highlights:
2 EMass State Champions: Lee Milne and John Bleday
2 New England Prep Champions: Henry Russell and [Name Withheld]

Eastern Massachusetts Cross Country Championships, (Franklin Park, MA


Division I Boys
John Bleday, Xaverian, 1st 16:28, SR, EMass State Champion, 1st on team
Ben Halpin, St. John’s Prep, 24th 17:36, JR, 2nd on team
Eric Gesimondo, Xaverian, 85th 18:39, SR, 4th on team
Nick D’Agostino, Boston Latin School, 145th 19:32, JR, 2nd on team

Division II Boys
John Williamson, Wellesley, 17th 17:08, JR, 1st on team
Chris Stadler, Belmont, 22nd 17:16, SR, 1st on team

Division III Boys
Evan Mercier, Burlington, 25th 17:40, SR, 1st on team
Joe Hill, Medfield, 31st, 17:50, SR, 2nd on team
Jeff Brown, Medfield, 33rd, 17:57, SR, 3rd on team
Billy Jewell, Duxbury, 132nd, 19:25, JR, 5th on team

Division IV Boys
Nathaniel McGough, Hamilton-Wenham, 41st 18:35, SR 4th on team

Division I Girls
Kathleen Mello, Boston Latin, 28th 21:40, JR, 1st on team
Amy Dao, Acton-Boxboro, 38th 22:11, SR, 3rd on team
Sarah Foster, Lexington, 49th 22:33, SO, 1st on team
Elza Lambergs, Boston Latin, 116th 24:56, JR, 2nd on team

Division II Girls
Abbey D’Agostino, Masconomet, 3rd 19:44, SR, 1st on team
Priyanka Fouda, Wellesley, 4th 20:04, SO, 1st on team
Jessie Kaliski, Wellesley, 7th 20:06, JR, 2nd on team

Division III Girls
Kellie Lodge, Hopkinton, 13th 20:29, JR, 1st on team
Gina Joseph, Medfield, 82nd 23:13, FR, 5th on team

Division IV Girls
Lee Milne, Dover-Sherborn, 1st 20:04, FR, EMass State Champion, 1st on team
Cyrena Shiland, Hamilton-Wenham, 9th 21:20, SR, 3rd on team
Anna Dolan, Ursuline, 88th 24:33, JR, 5th on team
Carolyn Cornell, Cardinal Spellman, 95th 24:41, JR, 2nd on team

Meet Notes and Quotes
Lots of great performances across the board and too many to mention in one email!! Congratulations to all at a very memorable and very sloppy Eastern Mass XC Meet! The hard work and dedication to training was very evident at Franklin Park and all Emerging Elites should be commended on their composure for racing in difficult course conditions!

New England Prep School Cross Country Championships, 11/14/09

Division I, Northfield Mount Hermon, Northfield, MA
Katherine Ellinger, Phillips Andover, 3rd 21:02.9, SO, 2nd on team

Division II, Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA
[Name Withheld] Nobles, 1st 20:05, JR, New England Prep Champion, 1st on team
Olivia Mussafer, Nobles, 9th 21:38, 7th grade, 5th on team

Henry Russell, Milton Academy 1st 18:05, JR, New England Prep Champion, 1st on team
Nate Dick, Roxbury Latin, 40th 19:50, SR, 2nd on team

Division III, Groton School, Groton, MA
Richard Mulroy, St. Sebastian’s, 4th 16:54, SR, 1st on team
Dan Burnett, BB&N, 15th 18:03, SR, 2nd on team

Division IV, Canterbury School, New Milford, CT
Bridget Freeley, Middlesex School, 4th 20:48, SR, 2nd on team
Riley Barry, Newton Country Day School, 9th 21:31, 1st on team

Division V, Berwick Academy, Berwick, Maine
Sam Fujimori, Bancroft, no time*
*With a half mile left in the race, Sam was winning with a sizable lead over second place. As the top boys approached the finish, the storm removed a course directional in the last loop on the course. As a result of going off-course, the top four boys, including Sam, were removed from the results.

Meet Notes and Quotes
Well done to all Emerging Elites athletes in the New England Preps!! Lots of top performances coming out of the ISL and EIL Championships last week! Congratulations to all earning All-New England’s honors.

NCAA Northeast Regionals Cross Country Championships, 11/14/09 Franklin Park, MA

Men - 10K
Alex Hall, Dartmouth, 45th 32:51, 5th on team
John Jantz, Northeastern, 119th, 34:15, 3rd on team

Women – 6K
Ari Garber, Brown, 46th 23:29, 3rd on team
Camille Murphy, Columbia, 47th 23:30, 3rd on team
Emily Lanois, Columbia, 48th 23:31, 4th on team

Emerging Elites Alumni
Lauren Smith, Fairfield, 195th 26:06, 6th on team

For those of you attending EMass on Saturday morning, you saw how challenging the conditions on the course were. Now imagine running a 10k or a 6k on what can only be described as a mudpit. Congratulations to Alex and John for placing for Dartmouth and Northeastern, respectively! The trio of Ari Garber, Camille Murphy and Emily Lanois battled down the final stretch at Franklin Park to place three in a row. Well done ladies!

Want more racing? Cross country continues with:
  • Central Mass Championships on Monday, November 16 at Gardner Golf Course
  • MIAA All-State Championship at Northfield Mount Hermon on Saturday, November 21
  • Gabe’s Run at Patton Park in Hamilton, MA on Friday, November 27th
    (Sign up at and join the Emerging Elites team!)
  • Foot Locker Northeast at Sunken Meadow, Long Island on Saturday, November 28
  • Nike Cross Northeast at Bowdoin Park, Wappingers Falls, NY on Saturday, November 28

League & Conference Championships (Week 2)!

Congratulations again to all high school and college coaches who have worked so hard to make this cross country season memorable!

Middlesex League Championships, 11/02/09 Woburn Country Club, Woburn, MA
Note: Distance is 2.5 miles
Sarah Foster, Lexington 1st 16:02, SO, 1st on team, League Champ

Chris Stadler, Belmont, 3rd 13:06, SR 1st on team
Evan Mercier, Burlington, 9th 13:24, SR 1st on team

Meet Notes and Quotes
Sarah Foster has quietly emerged as a top runner in the Middlesex League and eastern Mass. Running a very solid 16:02 to win the Middlesex League by a lean at the line, Sarah paced the Lexington team to the Middlesex League Championship. On the boy’s side, Belmont senior standout Chris Stadler raced to third place, a mere three seconds behind second place. Leading Belmont to a fourth place finish in the league, Chris has established himself as a force in the deeply talented (18 guys within 60 seconds) Middlesex League. Evan Mercier finished strong to take ninth place and lead the Burlington team. Evan has shown great improvement this fall and continued to improve, lowering his times week after week. Both Chris and Evan improved by five places in the league championships vs. a year ago and dropped their times by 17 and 21 seconds respectively. Congratulations to Sarah, Chris and Evan on being named Middlesex League All-Stars!

Eastern Independent League (EIL) Cross Country Championships, 11/06/09 Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Riley Barry, Newton Country Day 8th 21:34 JR 2nd on team
Miriam Stulin Dana Hall 19th, JR 23:03, 1st on team

Sam Fujimori, Bancroft 1st 16:49 SO 1st on team, League Champ!

Meet Notes and Quotes
(Video coming soon!) Taking advantage of a unseasonably warm day at Franklin Park, Riley Barry and Miriam Stulin took to the 5k course with a mission of improving their placements from last year. Riley Barry posted a 36 second improvement from last year, clocking a 21:34 for 8th place and moving up 6 places from her 14th place last year. The Most Improved Award clearly goes to Miriam Stulin: In 2008 Miriam was 75th at the EIL Championships with a time of 26:29. This year, Miriam chopped a whopping 3:29 off her time and moved up 56 places!!! Miriam’s commitment to her training has shown great strides!!
For Sam Fujimori, he could not improve his placement in 2009, as he won the EIL Championship last year as a freshman in 18:06. Focusing on dropping his time at Franklin Park, Sam clocked a 16:49 on Friday to improve his time at the Park by 77 seconds! Sam cruised to his second EIL XC title, finishing 65 seconds in front of second place.

Sam, Riley and Miriam combined to take a grand total of 5 minutes and 22 seconds off their previous PR’s at Franklin Park... Congratulations to all three!!!

Independent School League (ISL) Cross Country Championships, 11/06/09 Middlesex School, Concord, MA
[Name Withheld] Nobles 2nd 18:44 JR, 1st on team
Olivia Mussafer, Nobles 13th 19:38 7th grade, 5th on team
Bridget Freeley, Middlesex School 18th 20:16 SR, 2nd on team

Henry Russell, Milton 4th 16:29, JR, 1st on team
Ricky Mulroy, St. Sebastian’s 6th 16:32, SR, 1st on team
Daniel Burnett, BBN 11th 17:01, SR, 1st on team
Nate Dick, Roxbury Latin 47th, 18:07, 3rd on team

In the deepest boys race in recent memory at the ISL Championships, three Emerging Elites ran outstanding races. On a beautiful fall afternoon, Henry Russell of Milton Academy, Richard Mulroy of St. Sebastian’s and Dan Burnett raced to the front of the varsity boys race and took advantage of the flat, but challenging course at the Middlesex School. All three boys paced their teams from the front, making each other earn their top spot on their respective teams.
For Henry, Richard and Dan who trained together in the same EE summer training group, the ISL Championships was their only opportunity to race each other head to head and they did not disappoint:

* Dan moved up from 12th at last year’s ISL Champs at St. George’s to 11th!
* Ricky improved on his 14th place to move all the way to 6th!
* Henry improved from 31st place a year ago to 4th place!! An incredible improvement of 37 seconds per mile to drop his overall race pace from 5:56 to 5:19 in a year!

Nate Dick finished third on the Roxbury Latin team despite a lower leg injury from racing last weekend.

On the girls side, the Nobles team was paced by two Emerging Elites to another ISL team title, including newcomer Olivia Mussafer. Making the top squad as a seventh grader, Olivia finished fifth and scored for the Nobles varsity team! Congratulations to Olivia!! Bridget Freeley ran a great race to a new PR on her home course, taking 18th place with a strong showing on her final home race! Congratulations to Bridget on her continued improvement.

Best of luck to all ISL athletes as they compete in their divisions of the New England Prep XC Championships across New England this Saturday!

Congratulations to Katie Ellinger of Phillips Andover, who led her team to a win against rival Phillips Exeter! Katie ran the course in 19:37, setting a new PR and establishing her first varsity win.

First Annual Massachusetts State Middle School Cross Country Invitational, 11/07/09 Devens, MA

Mahal Alvarez-Backus,
Oak Meadow Montessori, 11:05, 3rd place in 7th grade race

Meet Notes and Quotes
Congratulations to Mahal on her third place finish in the 7th grade girls race at the Middle School State Championships. While Mahal is known for her speed at the shorter distances, she showed her competitors no mercy on the spectator-friendly 1.7 mile course. Mahal had a great race and will likely be back next year looking to improve on her third place finish and break through the 11 minute mark. Well done Mahal!

34th Annual MSTCA Cross Country Invitational, 11/07/09 Wrentham Development Center, Wrentham, MA
Girls Jr-Sr Division I
Amy Dao, Acton-Boxborough 21st 20:38.1, SR

Girls Jr-Sr Division II
Kellie Lodge, Hopkinton 2nd 19:14.8 JR
Anna Dolan, Ursuline Academy 42nd 21:39.9 JR

Girls Soph Division I
Sarah Foster, Lexington, 3rd 20:17.37 SO

Boys Jr-Sr Division I
Chris Stadler, Belmont 10th 16:31.2 SR

Boys Jr-Sr Division II
Joe Hill, Medfield 9th 16:55.1 SR
Evan Mercier, Burlington 12th 16:57.7 SR
Jeff Brown, Medfield 44th 17:29.8 SR

Meet Notes and Quotes
In their final tune up prior to the MIAA State Divisional Championships, seven Emerging Elites raced at Wrentham one final time. Racing by MIAA-designated divisions in a preview of the State Meet format, the race allows competitors to gain large racing experience. Special congratulations to Kellie Lodge on her 2nd place finish is the Girls Jr-Sr Division II race!

League & Conference Championships!

Congratulations to the high school and college coaches who have worked so hard and generated such wonderful results in their conference and league championships.
We wish all the athletes and their coaches good health and strong finishes to their cross-country seasons!

Tri Valley Championship 10/29/09 Medfield High School Medfield, MA
Lee Milne, 1st 19:50 FR, Dover Sherborn HS, 1st for D-S
Kellie Lodge 3rd 21:10 JR, Hopkinton, 1st for Hopkinton

Joe Hill, 3rd 18:02 SR Medfield HS, 2nd for Medfield
Jeff Brown, 4th 18:09 SR Medfield HS, 3rd for Medfield

Frosh Girls (2.2 Miles)
Gina Joseph, 1st 14:27 FR Medfield HS, 1st for Medfield

Meet Notes and Quotes
Race was run in a torrential storm – real cross country in New England.
Lee Milne ran fast enough to beat all but 24 boys in the Boys Varsity race. She won the girls race easily by 1:03. Lee commented to Metrowest daily news,
I've trained really hard to get this result," said Milne. "I wanted to break 19:00, but that didn't happen. It was muddy and cold, but everybody else was in the same position weather-wise."
Senior Jane Milne who has trained in prior years with the EE program is having fun with her younger sister on the team, Jane finished 10th in 22:14, placed 2nd for team which finished 4th in the league.

Gina Joseph ran 6:35 pace in the Frosh Girls race to win by 1:09 over second place.

Kellie Lodge led the Hillers to a second place finish in the league.

Joe and Jeff were 2nd and 3rd for Medfield pacing their team to a TVL Championship over league rival Hopkinton. Congratulations to former hurdler Jeff Brown on his first full cross country season.

PIAA District 1 championships AA Girls 10/30/09 Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA
Emma Mahoney, 2nd 19:51 SO, Villa Joseph Marie, 1st for Villa Joseph Marie

Meet Notes and Quotes
“I passed the third place girl with 50 meters left in the race and set my sights on first I just missed her (Emma was beat by 1 second)”, Emma said.
Emma now advances to the all class Pennsylvania State Meet. Emma’s school Villa Joseph Marie finished second as well. Emma was beaten by one second by junior Janine Powis from Christopher Dock.

Boys Catholic Conference Meet 10/31/09 Franklin Park, Boston, MA
(Official times unavailable)
John Bleday, 1st 16:33, SR, 1st for Xaverian
Ben Halpin, 4th 17:15, 1st for St. John’s Prep
Eric Gesimondo, 10th 17:53, 4th for Xaverian

Meet Notes and Quotes
Three Emerging Elites athletes finished in the top 10! John Bleday defended his League title and won league MVP for the second year in a row. Ben Halpin is the first runner for St John’s Prep for the first time in his career, pacing St. Johns to the team win.
Eric has a very solid race for 10th overall – perhaps his best run of the season. Congratulations to all three!

Girls Catholic Conference Meet 10/20/09 Cunningham Park Milton, MA
Anna Dolan 9th 22:26 JR 3rd for Ursuline Academy

Meet Notes and Quotes
Ursuline Academy team finished in second place, paced by EE Alum Molly McFadden who finished 7th in 21:41 and Anna’s strong 9th place. Well-done girls!

Southern Worcester County League Championship, 10/30/09 Memorial Park, Webster, MA
Ali Tyburski, 1st 19:34 SR 1st for Shepherd Hill

Meet Notes and Quotes
Ali won easily, finishing 1:54 ahead of 2nd place. She paces Shepherd Hill to team title. Ali is putting together a strong cross-country campaign and has set her sights on Central Mass. Championships.

Boys Cape Ann League 10/31/09 Bradley Palmer, Topsfield, MA
Nathaniel McGough, 34th 18:19 SR 6th for Hamilton Wenham

Girls Cape Ann League 10/31/09 Bradley Palmer, Topsfield, MA
Alison Lanois, 2nd 19:30 JR 1st for Hamilton Wenham
Abbey D’Agostino 4th 19:58 SR 2nd for Masconomet

Meet Notes and Quotes
Alison Lanois is eclipsing times of older sister Emily (FR at Columbia) on the tough course at Bradley Palmer. Abbey continues to have a solid fall of racing for Masconomet! Look for Alison and Abbey to lead their teams at Eastern Mass. Championships!

Mid Wachusett Division A League Meet 10/27/09 Marlboro, MA
Liz Crowley, 6th 20:45 SR 2nd for Algonquin Regional

Meet Notes and Quotes
Liz helps team finish 2nd behind local powerhouse Wachusett Regional in a highly competitive league. Well-done Liz!

Patriot League Championship 10/27/09 Silver Lake High School, Kingston, MA
Billy Jewell, 52nd 19:06 Duxbury High School

Catholic Central League Championship 10/29/09 Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Carolyn Cornell, 13th 23:07 JR 2nd for Cardinal Spellman

Meet Notes and Quotes
Carolyn helped Cardinal Spellman to a second place team finish! Well-done Carolyn!

Boys Dual County League Championship 10/29/09 Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Nick D’Agostino, 40th 18:18 JR Boston Latin School, 1st for Boston Latin School

Girls Dual County League Championship 10/29/09 Franklin Park, Boston, MA
Kathleen Mello, 21st 20:40 JR Boston Latin School, 1st for Boston Latin School
Amy Dao, 31st 21:34 SR Acton Boxboro, 4th for Acton-Boxborough

Girls Bay State League Championship 10/31/09 Norwood, MA
Jessie Kaliski, 2nd 20:02 JR Wellesley HS, 1st for Wellesley
Priyanka Fouda, 6th 20:25 SO Wellesley HS, 2nd for Wellesley

Girls Bay State League Championship 10/31/09 Norwood, MA
John Williamson, 9th 17:27 JR Wellesley HS 1st for Wellesley

Meet Notes and Quotes
Wellesley girls team runs a strong race with two Emerging Elites up front, Jessie and Priyanka, and pace Wellesley to a 2nd place finish behind Milton by 2 points.
Wellesley boys team finish 5th in conference backed by a strong finish by John Williamson.

Middlesex League Championship
Women's 2.5 mile
Sarah Foster, 1st 16:02 SO Lexington HS 1st for Lexington

Men's 2.5 mile
Chris Stadler 3rd 13:06 SR Belmont HS 1st for Belmont
Evan Mercier 9th 13:24 SR Burlington HS 1st for Burlington


Heps Championships (Ivy League Championships) 10/30/09 @ Van Cortland Park, Bronx, New York City
Women's 5K
Emily Lanois, 18th 18:03 FR 4th for Columbia University
Ari Garber, 22nd, 18:16 SO 3rd for Brown University (30th in 2008)
Camille Murphy, 25th 18:19 FR 5th for Columbia University

Men's 8K
Alex Hall, 26th 26:18 SR 5th for Dartmouth College

Meet Notes and Quotes
All three EE summer training partners Emily Lanois, Ari Garber and Camille Murphy scored for their teams and Lanois and Murphy did it as freshmen. Sophomore Ari Garber improved 8 places from 30th place a year ago.
Big Green track athlete Alex Hall who had worked his way up from the third distance group at Dartmouth this fall had perhaps his best cross country race in 4 years. Alex helped his team lock down a 3rd place finish out kicking the 5th man for Cornell in the final steps of the race. Congratulations to Alex!
Great to see EE Alum Mark Amirault bringing it home in 18th in 25:59 he was 4th man on the Tiger squad that finished 2nd overall.

CAA Conference Championship 10/31/09 @ New Market Battlefield State Historical Park in New Market, Virginia
Men’s 8K
John Jantz 25th 26:15.30 FR 1st for Northeastern University!!

Congratulations to John for all of his hard work over the past two years and his rise to Northeastern’s number 1 runner at the League Championships! For a great action shot of John and a nice write up, please visit this page:

ACC Championships 10/31/09 @ Cary, NC
Men’s 8K

Tom Finneran 89th 26:14 FR 7th for Wake Forest

NESCAC Championships 11/1/09 @ Trinity College
Men’s 8K

Will Gibbons 86th 29:03 9th for Middlebury

NE-10 Championships 10/25/09 @ St. Michael's College
Women’s 5K

Jessica Kilpatrick 82nd 21:10 PR! 14th for Stonehill

Meet Notes and Quotes
Jess reports that her summer training with Emerging Elites and the Peter Stone exercises were great preparation for her first college season. She looks forward to continued improvement during the Winter Track season.

Weekend Results, 9.26.2009

When the leaves start to change and the air begins to cool, most people become nostalgic about their past autumn experiences that include pumpkin patches, apple picking and beautiful foliage. But for the crazy folks who run multiple miles a week, fall is the time when they see the payoff from months of intense summer training. It is when all the speculation stops and the best runners make themselves known. It is when favorites fade and dark horses emerge. Fall is cross-country season!

A lot of Emerging Elites athletes kicked off the first week of fall by testing their legs at the Ocean State Invitational in Warwick, Rhode Island.

On the girlsí side, junior Anna Dolan helped Ursuline Academy into the top ten as a team in the Varsity Division 2 race with her tremendous run of 22:23 for the 5-kilometer course. She finished 3rd on her team and was in the top 20 finishers for the junior class in the race.

In the Division 1 race, Acton-Boxborough senior Amy Dao put forth an amazing performance of 20:43 and finished 24th overall as she helped guide A-B to a bronze medal in the team competition.

The championship race brought together some of the top talent from up and down the eastern seaboard and Hamilton-Wenham truly represented Massachusetts. Junior Alison Lanois continued the family running legacy with a stellar 8th place finish in an awesome sub-19 minute performance for the 5-kilometer course. Her teammate, Cyrena Shiland covered the course in 20:07. Congratulations to all the girls who competed at the meet.

On the boys' side, junior Ben Halpen of St. Johnís Prep finished 2nd on his team and 17th overall with a 16:51 as the Eagles took their place on the team podium with a 3rd place finish. Nipping at Benís heels was junior Nathaniel McGough. Nathaniel led the way for the H-W boys and finished 19th overall with a solid 16:54 for the Goddard Park course.

Also racing outside of Massachusetts was sophomore Emma Mahony. Emma had her second great big race showing with a 22nd place finish at the Council Rock Invitational in Pennsylvania. Emma ran 20:58 for the 5-kilometer course and the time placed her 2nd on her Villa Joseph Marie team.

While Emma was running strong out of the state, a few runners were performing unbelievable in the state. Sophomore Katherine Ellinger of Phillips Academy needs to get first billing having competed at the Codfish Bowl Invitational, a collegiate race at Franklin Park. With a 30 second PR, Katherine was the 3rd high school runner to finish the race and finished in the top 50 amongst collegiate and open athletes. What an incredible performance.

Liz Crowley finished 15th at the Amherst Invitational with a 19:41 for the 5-kilometer course. She led the way for her Algonquin team as they finished in the top 10 of the team competition.

The great performances kept on coming as the ISL had quite a race at Lawrence Academy that saw two Emerging Elites athletes finish 1-2. Milton junior Henry Russell covered the course in a superb 16:40 while Roxbury Latin senior Nathaniel Dick finished just a few seconds back to show that these two are going to be terrorizing the ISL all year and that everyone should be on notice when they get a chance at all competitors at Footlocker Northeast.

Speaking of terror, senior John Bleday of Xaverian continues to dominate the field. John covered a 3-mile dual meet course in 15:18 for the win.

In addition to the high school athletes, two collegiate EE runners were in action this past week at the Purple Valley Classic at Williams College. Sophomore Elleree Erdos of Williams finished the 6-kilometer course in 24:24, good enough for a top 50 finish and helping the Williams women to a second place team result.

Middlebury freshman Will Gibbons also had a great day at the invitational, finishing the 8k course in 27:27. The time was good enough to earn him 6th out of all freshmen at the race while his team took home the silver medal in the team competition.

Emerging Elites wants to say congratulations to all those who competed this past week and good luck to you and your teams in the upcoming races!

Collegiate Weekend Results, 9.19.2009

Tom Finneran of Wake Forest had a great early season showing with a 45th place finish at the Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational. Tom covered the 7.6-kilometer course in a time of 25:51, which was good for 6th place for the team as the Demon Deacons finished 5th of 8 teams.

Middlebury freshman Will Gibbons was a part of a total domination at the Panther Invitational. Will finished 6th overall AND 6th on his team as Middlebury swept the team scoring. Will covered the 8-kilometer course in a time of 27:29 as the Middlebury men put on a show early in the season.

Since Andy Stillmanís University of Vermont team has had twice as many meets as the rest of the runners on this list, we have twice as many results for him! At the Pre-America East Meet on September 13th, Andy finished 3rd on his team and 13th overall with a time of 26:25 as the Vermont men finished 2nd of 6 teams. This past weekend, Andy nearly matched his first performance with a solid 26:33 run over 8 kilometers at the University of Massachusetts 5-way meet. His time was good enough to place him 19th overall and the last scorer on his own team as the Vermont men again finished 2nd overall as a team.

Even as a yearling, John Jantz has already become the leader of the Northeastern Cross-Country team. At the Boston University Invitational, Jantz led the Huskies with a 25:57 finish that placed him 21st overall. The rebuilding Huskies finished 5th overall in the team scoring and Jantz stamped himself as a top freshman contender in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Stud Brown freshman Ari Garber finished 6th place overall at the Boston University Invitational and 2nd on the Brown squad, barely a second behind her teammate. Ari ran a very impressive 18:36 for the 5-kilometer course as the Brown Bears took home the team title.

Still in the Ivy League, Yale freshman Jenny Donnelly showed that she is a potential scorer at the Heptagonal Championships in November with her 20th place finish at the Quinnipiac Invitational in Hamden, CT. Jenny ran 19:28 for the 5-kilometer course and was the Bulldogs first finisher. Congratulations, Jenny.

From the Bulldogs of Yale to the Purple Cows of Williams, Elleree Erdos had a great showing at the Panther Invitational where she finished just outside the top 10 with a great 5-kilometer time of 20:21. She was the third finisher on her team as the Purple Cows finished 2nd of 6 teams at the invitational.


High School Weekend Results, 9.19.2009

On September 19th, 2009 at the famed Franklin Park, fifteen Emerging Elites athletes competed at the McIntyre Bay State Invitational.

Senior John Bleday of Xaverian stamped himself as an early state title contender by taking the Division 1 race with a time of 15:54.2 for the 5-kilometer course, which was also the fastest run of the day by any competitor.

Johnís teammate and fellow senior, Eric Gesimondo, finished with a time of 17:44 and helped Xaverian place 3rd overall in the team standings.

Boston Latin sophomore Nick Dí Agostino showed tremendous improvement by chopping 30 seconds off from his 5-kilometer time from last year. His finish placed him in the top 25 for runners from the class of 2012.

In the Division II race, Burlington senior Evan Mercier was Emerging Elitesí top finisher covering the course in a solid early season performance of 17:16 and placing 17th out of over 200 competitors.

Not far behind him was junior Nathaniel McGough of Hamilton-Wenham who finished 8 spots back and a mere 10 seconds behind Evan and helped the H-W boys finish 4th overall in the team standings.

The hits just kept on coming as two Medfield seniors Joe Hill and Jeff Brown finished in an awesome 17:36 and 18:11, respectively.

Duxbury junior Billy Jewell showed the 18-minute barrier who was boss by turning in a 17:55.

On the girlsí side, Masco senior Abbey Dí Agostino finished 3rd overall in the Division I race with a 19:18 and helped Masco win the silver medal in the team competition.

Also in the Division I race, Boston Latin junior Elza Lambergs carpe diemed and finished 19th overall in the junior class by running 21:56 for the 3.1-mile course.

Emerging Elite members dominated the girlís small school race. Freshman (Freshman!) Lee Milne finished second overall with a 19:15 and made everyone wonder what they are putting in the Dover water.

Finishing one place behind Lee was Hamilton-Wenham junior Alison Lanois running 19:22 for the course. Along with senior Cyrena Shiland running a 20:34, these two prime time performers led H-W to the team medal stand with a 2nd place finish.

Junior Kellie Lodge of Hopkinton ran 20:31 and finished top 5 for the class of 2011.

Representing for the all-girls institutions was junior Anna Dolan who rolled to a 22:45 and showed that Ursuline Academy is a developing cross-country powerhouse.

In other action, Belmont senior Chris Stadler dropped an impressive 17:10 on a questionably long 5-kilometer Belmont course. He finished 3rd overall behind 2 runners from opponent Winchester. Also, Emma Mahony ran a 20:32 at the prestigious Briarwood Invitational in Philadelphia, placing her 4th overall in the girlís small school race as her team finished 2nd overall as well.

Special congratulations to all the Emerging Elites runners and their high school coaches on the start of the 2009 Cross Country season!

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