Cape Ann League Coaches Select Alison Lanois as 2011 CAL Scholarship Recipient

Gabe's Fund: Blog
May 23, 2011

Following a fantastic day of competition, and the first real sun we've seen all season, students, parents and coaches gathered for awards following the 2011 Cape Ann League Track & Field Championships at North Andover High School. Coach Steve Sawyer from Hamilton-Wenham called each scholarship candidate by name and congratulated them for their nomination and for the goodwill their performance excellence and sportsmanship has brought to their schools.

Coaches remarked that it was a very difficult decision to make again this year, many of the student-athletes are of very high caliber and very deserving of the scholarship. The Cape Ann League has always been known for the quality of it's Track & Field athletes, this year has been no different.

After the deliberations were complete Alison Lanois, the standout senior from Hamilton Wenham was announced as the 2011 Gabe's Fund scholarship winner. Alison also won CAL Championships in the 1 Mile and 800m events yesterday. She will look to build on first place finishes at upcoming Divisional and All-State Meets. Alison will attend Dartmouth College in the fall.

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Athlete of the Week: Distance Runner Alison Lanois

Hamilton-Wenham Patch - by Brad Spiegel
May 16, 2011

No matter how much Alison Lanois wanted to be different than her sister, Emily, she couldnít escape it. And that isnít a bad thing.

Like Emily, Alison has excelled as one of the top distance runners in the state. And not to be outdone by her sister, who now is a sophomore at Columbia University, the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School senior has shown she has academic prowess to go along with her athletic talents. She will be freshmen next year at Dartmouth College, where she will see her sister during Ivy League events.

Alison is picking up where she left off after cross country (she didnít run indoor track as a senior) by running the fastest times in the 800 meters and mile in the Cape Ann League.

She has also set school records in the 2 mile (10:52.62) and distance medley relay (12:36.58) this season. That adds to her other outdoor record in 4 x 1 mile relay (21:49.21), and indoor records (4 x 800 relay, 9:51.17; mile, 5:05.23; and 2 mile, 11:23.55).

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A Running Spirit

Boston Globe South - by Patrick McHugh
December 5, 2010

Emma MahonySince Milton Academy senior gave up hockey to focus on track, the dedication has paid off.

Milton - Wool socks and tie-dye shorts are not typical running attire, but Henry Russell is not your typical runner.

The Milton Academy senior is not a conventional runner who knows how to pace himself. His mentality, as he puts it, is "run as hard as you can until you can't run anymore."

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CR North's Rheiner brings home gold - by Tom Waring (Bucks County Courier Times)
November 7, 2010

Emma MahonyIn the Class AA race, Villa Joseph Marie's Emma Mahony placed fourth in 19:18.

"I'm really happy," she said. "I trained so hard this summer and was waiting for this gear to kick in. It came at the right time.

"I was shooting for top 15, but I definitely wanted to get a medal. That was my ultimate goal. I wasn't going to leave without one."

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Cross Country Teams Ready To Tackle WCC Championship Course

Pepperdine Sports
October 28, 2010

Pepperdine's 2010 cross country season reaches its apex Saturday when its men's and women's teams head north to the Crystal Springs Course at Belmont, Calif., for the West Coast Conference Championships.


[Head coach Robert Radnoti] fully expects Wishard to finish third or higher at her final WCC Championships with teammate Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS) pushing her all the way to the finish line. Lodge, a junior, has been outstanding all season and won the 5K Bronco Invitational held earlier this month with a personal best mark of 16:50.4.
Wishard came in right behind Lodge with a third place and sub 17-minute time of 16:57.8.

As a duo this season, Lodge and Wishard have combined to run six races and neither of them has yet to finish lower than fifth place. They were third and fifth, respectively, at the 10-team UC Irvine Invitational in early September, and then flipped spots the following week at Washington's prestigious Sundodger Invitational.

"Chelsea and Lauren give us an excellent one-two punch,"

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[Note: Lauren finished 5th overall in a time of 20:59 on the 6K course]

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Wellesley High Sports Roundup: Girls cross country finishes with a flourish

Wicked Local, Wellesley - Staff reports
October 28, 2010

The Wellesley High girls cross country ended the regular season in style on Tuesday afternoon at Cutler Park in Needham.

Emerging Elites, Priyanka FoudaSenior captain Eva Lauer led the way by finishing the 3.1-mile course in 19:05, senior captain Jessie Kaliski was second in 19:10, and junior captain Priyanka Fouda was third as the trio finished ahead of the top Rocket runner. Finishing fourth for Wellesley was junior Eve Roth, fifth was junior Katcha Querfurth, junior Sarah Carrigan placed sixth for Wellesley, junior Rachel Wang came in seventh and senior captain Brennan Mullin was eighth.

The boys lost to Needham, 24-37, to close the season with a 5-6 record... but senior captain Peter Krieg continues to shine and was the team’s top finisher. Senior captain John Williamson was second for Wellesley, senior captain Kevin Bu placed third and junior Chris Lui came in fourth.

“The lack of depth for the boys team has been the major problem, and added to that is that we suffered a lot of injuries and illness,” said Pearlman. “But our top three [Krieg, Eisenstein and Williamson] have helped us overcome it and performed well all year.”

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Lexington High cross country girls are queens of the league

Wicked Local, Lexington - Sarah Breitenfeld
October 27, 2010

Tuesday afternoon, the Lexington High girls cross country team put the finishing touches on an undefeated season and a Middlesex League championship by beating Burlington in a meet held in Lexington, 21-38.

Junior Sarah Foster led the pack, finishing in 19:32. Following Foster was sophomore teammate Saaya Maeda, finishing in 19:59. Sophomore Allison Jakob was third, coming in 20:11. Next came seniors Eleanor Rask (21:01) and Lauren Carter (21:27), continuing Lexington’s streak. The seventh spot overall went to freshmen Emma Vaughan (21:37), with junior Stephanie Yost (21:47) close behind. Next came senior Liz Laikhter (21:53), with sophomore Sylvia Larson (21:55) rounding out the varsity ten.

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Ipswich cross-country teams enjoy success stories on both sides

Wicked Local, Ipswich - by Joshua Boyd
October 26, 2010

The Ipswich girls cross-country team is having its best year at 6-4. Boys cross-country runner Kieran Kinnare is undefeated. Sarah and Tina Keiran have provided a 1-2 punch on the girls side.

Headline performances all, but the overall picture is that life is good for Matthew Simms’ cross-country program.

As mentioned above, the girls are enjoying their best season, and Sarah Keiran has improved her time by “an incredible” 36 seconds per mile. She was already the team’s No. 1 runner last year, and now she’s hoping to do some damage in the postseason meets in November.

“She still has more good races ahead of her this year and she can expect to make more big improvements in the years to come,” said Simms, about the sophomore.

Her twin sister Tina has been just behind her this year, and “has been critical to the success of the team.”

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Boys XC takes battle of unbeatens

Wicked Local, Medfield- by Keith Pearson
October 21, 2010

The Warriors defeated Westwood 25-30 on their 2.9-mile course at McCarthy Park, improving to 7-0 on the season while the Wolverines fell to 5-1. Medfield can win the league title outright with a win at Ashland on Oct. 27 in the final dual meet of the year.

Ben LesterIn the meet that mattered most, the Warriors picked the right time to have their best race, setting personal bests in their last home dual meet of the year. All five runners broke their personal bests for the course by more than 10 seconds.

“We knew it was going to be a great race. We knew their top runners were real good, we knew their pack was real good, we’ve seen the results,” said Medfield coach Mike Kramer. “The guys have trained hard, they’ve kind of had this meet on their calendar from early on in the season and have geared their training toward it. They responded.”

Ben Lester finished second overall for the Warriors in a time of 16:02, 12 seconds faster than the previous week against Holliston.

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Results wrap-up

Wicked Local, Hopedale - by Staff reports
October 21, 2010

HOPKINTON 16, ASHLAND 47: Hopkinton's Kellie Lodge shattered the school and course record on the 3.0-mile circuit at Hopkinton State Park, helping the Hillers cruise by Ashland in a Tri-Valley League meet.

Lodge finished in 18:14, breaking her own school record by 27 seconds. Hopkinton's Haley Anderson finished second in 19:19, and she was followed by Katie Maruska (20:34) and Becca Govoni (20:41).

DOVER-SHERBORN 25, WESTWOOD 31: Sophomore Lee Milne placed second in 18:13 over the 2.9-mile course for her team's top finish as visiting Dover-Sherborn defeated Westwood in Tri-Valley League action.

The Raiders (5-2, 5-2) also got strong performances from freshman Julia Pearson (3rd, 18:24), senior Lizzy Briskin (4th, 18:30) and junior Rebecca Terrett (5th, 19:03).

HOLLISTON 15, BELLINGHAM 50: Kaylee Kozubal finished first with a time of 19:09 as Holliston swept the top nine places in dispatching visiting Bellingham in a Tri-Valley League meet at the 2.84-mile Holliston High course.

Jill Rosati took second in 19:11 and Virginia Hanstad placed third (19:18), followed by Ali Slyne (4th, 19:26) and Claire Lingham (5th, 19:28) to round out the top five for the Panthers (4-3 TVL).

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AYF Olympics 2010: Andrew Hintlian Inspired by All-American Dad

The Armenian Weekley - by Tom Vartabedian
October 17, 2010

Ask Andrew Hintlian what inspires him the most and there’s no deliberation with his thoughts.

“My dad,” he quickly confirms. “Although we’re different athletes running different events, he’s always been an inspiration to me.”

Son Andrew carved his very own niche in the distance events, much the same way he’s done at Winchester High School, where he’s a senior. Only, he runs for the Providence AYF, not Greater Boston.

He got his trifecta started with the 3,200-meter run in 11:56.6. The closest one to him was teammate Gary Dodakian (12:36.3). No Philly runner was anywhere in sight, bringing added glory to the “Varantians.”

Next came the 800 meters and once again Hintlian set the pace at 2:10.3, well ahead of Greater Boston’s Armen Arakelian (2:15.6).

The 1,600 meters was another non-Philly event. Hintlian covered the distance in a ho-hum time of 5:15 with another “Varantian” (Sevan Zobian) well in arrears at 5:38.5. Hintlian also did three relays

Add it up and it’s 15 points for the gangling runner with the fluid stride. Seems he ran only as hard as he wanted to this afternoon, given his history at Winchester High where he’s team captain.

His best times: 400 (51.9), 800 (1:58), mile (4:37), and 2-mile (10:10).

Overall, he was pleased, not jubilant by any stretch, considering the fatigue and all that’s going on back home with track and colleges. He’s looking into electrical engineering, hopefully on a track scholarship, given the fact he’s an honor roll student. A Division 2 school might be the perfect fit for the young star.

This past summer, Hintlian was enrolled in a program called “Emerging Elites” which toned his flexibility and polished the other rudiments of his sport.

“Andrew’s got a ton of potential,” said his dad. “He’s a better athlete than I was—and that’s saying something. I’ve seen a big change in him over the years, especially with his Armenian heritage. It’s gone beyond team boundaries and that’s what I’m truly happy about.”

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Rookie Green takes first, Wachusett Invitational - by Craig Holt
October 24, 2010

Memorable finishes and first-time thrills were the dominant themes during yesterday’s 53rd annual Wachusett Invitational boys’ cross-country meet at Wachusett Regional’s 5-kilometer course.

St. John’s sophomore Jonathan Green, a first-year cross-country participant, won the Class A race in 16:12.7, the fastest time of the meet. Green was one of four Pioneer harriers to place in the top 10, and he helped St. John’s edge defending champion Wachusett. The Pioneers totaled 31 points while the Mountaineers stayed close with 33 points.

St. John’s also placed senior Dan Zawalich (second, 16:23.3), junior Joe Clark (fifth, 17:03.6) and senior Brendan McKeogh (eighth, 17:09.9) in the top 10. Zawalich also finished second last year.

“Overall it was a good race for our team, though the Bennies ran tough,” Zawalich said. “Our team has gotten good experience running in big meets out of the area (including the Ocean State Invitational and Brown Invitational), and we also have some good underclassmen. This race helps us check how we’re doing, and training, with the big races coming up.”

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Burlington High cross country: Runners sweep Stoneham, girls could still win league

Wicked Local, Burlington - by Doug Hastings
October 22, 2010

The Burlington High girls cross country team is still in the mix as far as the Middlesex League championship is concerned.

With a 24-32 win against Stoneham last week, the Red Devils improved to 5-1 overall with only a Tuesday tri-meet against Woburn and Belmont and a race next week against Lexington remaining on the schedule.

Jackie Jensen was the first Devil finisher and second overall in 18:36... David Taranto won the race in 15:28.

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Watertown boys and girls cross country wrap up impressive week

Wicked Local, Watertown - by Frank Santarpio
October 22, 2010

Both the Watertown High boys and girls cross country teams wrapped up an excellent week of work on Thursday in a meet against Wakefield at Arsenal Park.

The boys squad was led by senior captain Erik Hoiseth, who finished second overall and recorded the 14th fastest time by a Watertown male runner at Arsenal Park with an impressive time of 16:15.


On Tuesday, Oct. 19 it was the boys who got the victory with a 24-33 win over the Spartans.

Hoiseth once again led the way for the Raiders but this time he won the race in a time of 16:30. Holland, (2nd, 16:43) and junior Kevin Eskici (4th, 17:13) also played a big role in the win. Junior Nolan Field was given the top dog for taking 1:51 off his time.

"I was very pleased with the boys in this race," Wittenhagen said of the Raider boys’ first victory of the season. "It was the team's first win in a year and a half so they were very pleased, themselves."

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Lexington High girls cross country one win away from crown

Wicked Local, Lexington (Lexington Minutemen) - by Doug Hastings
October 20, 2010

Sarah Foster, LexingtonThe Lexington High girls cross country team swept a tri-meet on Tuesday and took a major step toward capturing yet another Middlesex League championship, but it wasn’t easy.

Lexington earned spots three, four, five, seven and nine against the Rockets.

Sarah Foster was third overall in 18:13, Saaya Maeda was fourth in 18:39, Allison Jakob was fifth in 18:45, Eleanor Rask was seventh in 19:18 and Robin Gross was ninth in 19:26.

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Reading girls cross-country edged by Lexington

Wicked Local, Reading - by Mark Goodman
October 20, 2010

Reading — It doesn’t get any closer than this.

Micayla Oniskey, Sarah FosterWith the Middlesex League girls cross-country title on the line between two undefeated teams Tuesday, Lexington defeated Reading, 28-29, at RMHS.

The top five runners for both teams tied, 28-28, meaning the meet was decided by the times of each team’s sixth runner. The Minutemen won that tiebreaker, improved to 8-0 for the season and guaranteed themselves the league championship.

Micayla Oniskey“We’d been gearing up for this meet for a long time,” said Reading coach Michael Connelly. “I’m not disappointed in their effort or their races, given that five runners set personal record times by over a minute. They gave everything they had.”

The top two spots went to Reading, with Micayla Oniskey winning the race in 17 minutes, 28 seconds. The Rocket senior beat the course record by 29 seconds in the process and continued her undefeated season.

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Melrose Cross Country Unable to Keep Up in Tri-Meet

Melrose Patch - by Kara Deyermenjian
October 20, 2010

The Melrose High School cross country teams competed in a tri-meet Tuesday afternoon at Reading Memorial High School against a pair of tough opponents in Reading, and Lexington.

Micayla Oniskey, Reading MemorialReading's Micayla Oniskey shattered a school record when she ran the 3.1 mile coarse with a time of 17:28, beating the original record by a staggering 30 seconds.

"(The record) has not been touched in five years, and she beat it by 30 seconds," said Reading boys and girls coach Michael Connelly.



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AACE Cross Country Championships - Mahony finds silver lining

Philly Burbs - by Karen Sangillo
October 19, 2010

Hopefully Emma Mahony likes silver.

She owns a lot of it.

The junior at Villa Joseph Marie earned her third consecutive second-place finish at the Athletic Association of Catholic Academies cross country championship, held Tuesday at Tyler State Park.

Emma Mahony, Villa Joseph MarieMahony finished the 3.1 mile course in 18:55.41, behind defending champion Megan McGarrity of St. Basil, who won in 18:27.23.

“It really is like déjà vu,” Mahony said. “I really would like to win it once. But I’m happy because I (did my personal record) on this course by 20 seconds.

“I did want to win, but I felt a little off. I guess everyone has an off day and, unfortunately, I had one for this race. But I’m still very happy with the time I did, and our team did well.

“I’m looking forward to districts now. I feel like I’ve trained a lot harder this year and, since it’s my junior year, I really want to do well this year and make an impression. I haven’t really started looking at colleges yet, but I want to start showing them something.”

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Lodge Wins 5K Bronco Invitational; Wishard Takes 3rd

Pepperdine Sports
October 16, 2010

It was an exciting morning for the Pepperdine's women's cross country team Saturday at Baylands Park as junior Lauren Lodge (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton HS) won Santa Clara's Bronco 5K Invitational with a personal best time of 16:50.4.

Lauren Lodge, PepperdineSenior Chelsea Wishard (Lawai, Hawai'i/Kauai HS) also posted a solid performance with her third-place mark of 16:57.8. Both she and Lodge have finished among the top five runners at all three invitationals this season, including ones at Irvine at Washington.

"It seemed like Lolo (Lodge) led the race wire-to-wire," said head coach Robert Radnoti. "Our original race strategy for her was to pick off and pass runner over the final 1000 meters, but after she opened up a 20-meter gap on the rest of the pack all she had to do to win was maintain that pace; and it was a super one at that.

Lodge finished the course 5.6 seconds ahead than runner-up and unattached competitor Kate Niehaus.

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XC teams competing despite youth, size

Wicked Local, Sharon - by Doug Kyed
October 8, 2010

With a young squad and only one returning senior, the Sharon boys cross country team is building for tomorrow while putting up a fight in the Hockomock League in 2010.

Dan Scribner, Sharon HighThe Eagles lost to Foxboro on Tuesday in their final meet of the season by only eight points 24-32. Junior co-captains Dan Scribner and Ben Ryter led the way finishing second and fourth respectively for Sharon with times of 17:43 and 18:04.

“Although the boys team has yet to win a meet, we are consistently seeing major improvements from a lot of our runners, as the times show, and some great upcoming talent in a lot of our newer kids,” said Scribner.

“My expectations for the rest of the season are to keep up our hard work and great amounts of effort being put out there by our team as a whole,” said Scribner. “To keep working together is the key to Sharon doing well and beating some of the teams we were unable to play, due to big and little Hock separation, and even some of the ones we did play in the cross-country Hock Championships.”

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Watertown boys and girls cross country lose Tuesday's meet

Wicked Local, Watertown - by Frank Santarpio
October 6, 2010

Both the Watertown High boys and girls cross country teams were beaten by Reading and host Winchester at a tri-meet held on Tuesday.

“Those schools have boys and girls teams that are among the top three in the league,” Watertown head coach Tom Wittenhagen said of his opponents. “But I thought we did pretty good against them.”

Erik Hoiseth led the boys, who lost 19-44 to Winchester and 19-40 to Reading. The senior captain ran exceptionally well, finishing third overall with a time of 16:50 over the 3.1-mile course. Hoiseth’s finish was dramatically better than a season ago.

“Last year, there were 31 runners who finished ahead of him,” Wittenhagen said. “This year there was only two. It is nice to see someone on your team improve like that.”

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Wins just keep piling up for Hamilton-Wenham girls cross country

Salem News - by Jean DePlacido
October 1, 2010

The Generals are off to another terrific start this season at 5-0, winning a dual meet and two tri-meets. And there seems to be no end in sight to their success, thanks to six seniors who have never lost a meet in their high school careers and a talented group of underclassmen that are learning the ropes. The seniors help the newcomers understand the tradition.

"Honestly, I really don't know the reason for it. But the wins just keep coming," said veteran coach Steve Sawyer, the architect of the Generals' track program. "At times it seems a bit out of control, but it's a beautiful experience for the coaches, kids and their parents...

The six seniors include captains Alison Lanois, Ashley Kang and Molly Herlihy along with Hannah Millimet, Avery Hennigar and Lizzie Woodbury. Millimet is out with a knee injury but should be back soon, while Kang has been battling through a knee problem.

Emily Lanois, who is now running at Columbia, was never beaten in her four years at H-W; her younger sister Alison wants to carry on that incredible streak. Every team in the state, she acknowledged, knows they have to watch out for Hamilton-Wenham.

"There's pressure there, and one of the challenges is encouraging the girls to enjoy the wins. It's been so long since we lost that sometimes we don't get excited enough about the victories," Alison Lanois said. "You have to rally around that concept.

"Coach Sawyer will tell us that the race we just won is past, and we have to focus on tomorrow. We know we can't take any team for granted. There are always new freshmen with talent (on opposing teams), and we definitely have a target on our backs. Everybody wants to be the one to end our run. The seniors have to get the younger kids motivated and build team spirit; we all know that's our biggest job."

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Hamilton-Wenham cross country running at full steam

Wicked Local, Hamilton - by Dom Nicastro
September 29, 2010

It’s the halfway point of the Hamilton-Wenham boys and girls cross country season, and things seem to be going exactly as planned.

The Generals are crushing everybody.

The boys have been powered by a top-five that is among the best in the area, Conor Lyons, Chris Benevento, Scott Goodrich, Jon Hills and Sam Malabre. They are part of a team that returns this fall after finishing fifth in the Division 2 All-State last year while the girls took second.

The girls, meanwhile, have been getting contributions from several runners. Alison Lanois, Kerry Phelan, freshman Emily Horgan, Carrie Goodrich, Sarah Duffy, Claire Pacione, Meg Blatchford, Emily Senning and Melissa Bain are the top contributors on a team that's shown depth.

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Medfield High Roundup

Wicked Local, Medfield - by Josh Centor
September 28, 2010

The Warriors posted a dramatic 27-29 win over Hopkinton last week, as Jack Moses finished one place higher than expected to swing the meet in the Medfield’s direction.

Joey Smith won the meet for the Warriors (4-0) in 16:59 while Ben Lester was second in 17:00. Ryan Vaclavik was sixth overall and Medfield’s third finisher with a time of 17:55. Blake Brown was 11th overall in 18:32.

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Hopkinton sweeps Holliston in cross country

Wicked Local, Hopkinton - by Lou Ottaviani
September 24, 2010

'Every time we meet up with Holliston we bring out the best in each other,'' said Hopkinton girls coach Brian Hall. 'This wasn't an easy meet for either team as almost every Holliston girl ran a personal best by running an average of almost a minute-and-a-half over the previous meet in which they had upset Westwood. We have a nice rivalry going and a great amount of respect for each other.''

The Hiller girls, led by Kellie Lodge's first-place finish, defeated Holliston 25-30 to improve to 3-0. Lodge finished in 17:36, which is the sixth-best time on the 30-year-old 2.85-mile course.

From there the race got interesting. With less than a half mile remaining, Holliston's Jill Rosati, Lizzy Gabour, Anna Mannello and Kaylee Kozubal were all involved in a very close battle with the Hillers' Catie Mauska. Rosati finished third in 18:38.

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Ipswich cross country teams hope to build on record seasons of 2009

Wicked Local, Ipswich - by Josh Zywien
September 23, 2010

The Tigers are already 1-1 this fall and Simms said he’s confident they’re capable of winning at least five races this year.

Sophomore Sarah Keiran is the team’s top runner and already set an Ipswich school record this season. Simms said she’s made tremendous improvements since last fall.

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Hingham boys cross country nabs top three spots in tri-meet

Wicked Local, HIngham - by William Wassersug
September 23, 2010

There were lots of things for the Hingham boys cross country team to be pleased with on Tuesday’s sweep of Quincy/North Quincy and Scituate at Hingham.

Michael BaccariFor one thing, Hingham boys took the first three spots of the meet, and that was without the services of Michael McConville, who was sick.

Instead, Michael Baccari, Steven Lamonde and Drew Noble swept the top three spots for Hingham, followed by Kevin McCallum, Will Donovan and Collin Wilkinson, who finished five six and seven.

“This was a very good day,” Hingham coach Dave Jewett said. “I’m thrilled we won. Michael Bacarri won today. It was his first win as a cross country runner. He earned it. He didn’t sneak in. He earned the win I was really impessed by his confidence.”

Baccari finished 15 seconds ahead of Lamonde with a 16:33 time on the 2.88 mile course.

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Cross country gets first win at home

The Dartmouth - by Jack Barrett
September 23, 2010

The meet was held at Dartmouth, giving the Big Green a competitive edge, according to men’s co-captain Tom Robbins ’11.

“Our team did very well,” Robbins said. “We’ve shown that we have a dominant top group that is backed up by strong runners ready to take their place if they falter. The key to winning the meet was a freshman, John Bleday, stepping up into the fifth spot for our team and giving us the edge against Yale. It’s all about having a top five that can place near the top of any race.”

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Trail split between Hopkinton and Medfield

Milford Daily News - by Jared Keene
September 23, 2010

[Kellie] Lodge starred for the Hiller girls, conquering Hopkinton State Park's 3.0-mile course in 19:24, 43 Hopkinton, Emerging Elitesseconds ahead of teammate Haley Anderson, who took second. Catie Maruska (21:13) and Rebecca Govoni (21:35) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and Mikala Korbey (8th, 22:29) rounded out Hopkinton's top-five.

On the boys side, Medfield's top-two tandem of Joey Smith (16:59) and Ben Lester (17:00) finished first and second, respectively. Ryan Vaclavik (6th, 17:55), Jack Moses (7th, 17:57), and Blake Brown (11th, 18:32) rounded out the Warrior top-five.

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Hingham High School shows its depth in boys cross country win

Patriot Ledger
September 21, 2010

Hingham’s Michael Baccari won his first race, finishing well ahead of the pack with a time of 16:33. He was followed by teammates Steven Lamonde (16:48) and Drew Noble (17:10).

Hingham High, Emerging ElitesEven more encouraging for the Hingham squad is the finish of their other runners. After Quincy’s John Green finished fourth with a time of 17:11, Hingham claimed six of the next seven spots, all of whom finished within eight seconds of one another.

“They all went out there as a group and finished as a group,” Jewett said of his team. “A lot of the seniors put in a lot of work over the summer and this was the first time it showed.

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Hingham boys cross country brings experience to trail

Wicked Local, Hingham - by William Wassersug
September 16, 2010

Michael [Baccari] is in his second year running cross country,” Jewett said. “He has more experience now and he’s excited to run. He came back focused and ready. I can’t talk enough cross country with him. Over the summer he learned a lot about running. He went to a program called Emerging Elites. It’s like a camp, but it’s all summer. That really made a difference. He began to understand why we do things in practice. He’s brought than knowledge back to the team.”

Jewett said he’s impressed with the leadership of his captains.

“The captains all have different things they bring to the table,” he said. “Michael brings knowledge. Nick and Henry are the glue. They’re the spirit of the team that brings the team together. They’re all talented.”

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Fall sports previews: Lofty aspirations for cross country teams

Wicked Local, Wellesley - by Gethin Coolbaugh
September 7, 2010

Last year, Wellesley finished the regular season at 10-1 en route to a second-place finish in the Bay State Conference meet and a first-place finish at the Eastern Mass. Division 2 meet. Meanwhile, Jessie Kaliski, WellesleyPriyanka Fouda and Eva Lauer were named Bay State Conference All-Stars.

This year, all three return to headline a strong cast, heightening aspiration of another stellar seasons.

"Kaliski and Fouda are super kids and great runners,'' said Pearlman. "Again, their leadership and work ethic are tremendous. They have terrific support with returning runners..."

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Hamilton-Wenham Cross Country puts best foot forward

Wicked Local, Hamilton - by Dom Nicastro
September 1, 2010

Numbers are strong, and the H-W harriers have put in the time in the offseason as the girls look to defend the Division 4 Eastern Mass. title and perhaps one-up themselves with their second state title in three years; and the boys, meanwhile, plan to stay in the top five in the state.

“I’ve observed both teams, and so far it looks like everybody did a very good job of getting ready in the summer,” said Steve Sawyer, the coach and architect behind the success of each team. “A lot of them went to cross country camp. We also had three emerging elites runners [Conor Lyons, Alison Lanois, Claire Pacione], and everyone else has trained on their own. We’re off to a very good start, and I’m definitely pleased with the first couple of practices.”

The elite group runs out of Boston.

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