Last Wednesday, the girls cross country team took on undefeated Shawsheen Tech and undefeated Essex Tech in a showdown for the CAC dual meet title. Yarid Deras won her sixth straight dual meet and beat her closest competitor by twenty seconds running 21:16 on the 3.1 mile course. Jocelyn Poste was third overall in a strong time of 21:46. Amanda Dias was fifth in 22:15 and junior Cynthia Mancia ran her best race of the year and was only two seconds behind Dias finishing sixth. Sophomore Marissa Rivera had an excellent race to finish ninth to clinch the wins over Shawsheen Tech, Essex Tech and Lynn Tech. The girls finished their regular season at 11-0, their best record ever, and only their second dual meet title in league history. We had four girls within sixty-one seconds of each other which is great team racing, and we had four girls in the top six against the second best school in the league. They deserve this victory, they all have worked very hard this year to get to this point. This Saturday, they will be back in Danvers at Essex Tech, in order to attempt to become the first team in school history to win both the league meet and dual meet title in the same year.
The boys lost two close meets against Shawsheen Tech and Essex Tech but beat Lynn Tech to finish their regular season at 6-4. The boys lost to Shawsheen 25-30 and Essex Tech 27-32. All of our losses this year have been by five points. This means that we have been competitive but not quite good enough to win. Senior Jose Leclerc finished the regular season undefeated winning by over fifty seconds in the quad meet. Alex Pedreo was fifth overall followed by sophomore Demetrius Martinez in eighth. However, after that there was over a minute and a half before the next Chelsea runner came across the finish line which secured the victory for Shawsheen and Essex Tech. The boys however did beat Lynn Tech. We have had some close losses so we are hoping for some form of redemption on Saturday with a second chance at some of the teams that beat us earlier this year.
On Saturday at the John Kent relays at Greater Lowell, the team of Jose Leclerc, Alex Pedrero and Demetrius Martinez were the winning high school boys team running a time of 20:11 and beating host Gr. Lowell by one second. The girls finished second overall with the team of Marissa Rivera, Karina Avalos and Amanda Dias as anchor.