Last Saturday the boy’s and girl’s cross country teams traveled to Andover where Greater Lawrence was hosting the CAC league meet. In the boy’s race senior first year runner Jose Aguiar ran a tremendous race to finish fourth overall in the boy’s upper division race. We ran here two and a half weeks ago and in that race Jose was a little too aggressive and suffered in the second half of the race. Today he went out a lot smarter and was able to pick people off during the race. He was sixth with just under a mile to go and passed two more in the latter part of the race. Top eight make all-star so Jose earned a spot on the team. He ran 58 seconds better in this race than the last one here. The second to fifth boys finished within twenty seven seconds of each other. Adriel Cedano was 26th in a time of 19:06. Johnny Gomez was 27th in a time of 19:12, Jansel Claudio was 28th in 19:22 and Diego Estrada was 29th finishing in 19:33. The boy’s finished fifth in the upper division meet. The boy’s really worked hard as a team. We had a lot of individual personal bests throughout the year. The boy’s should be proud of how they performed this year. Never any excuses, never any complaining. Just toughness and a great work ethic.
In the girl’s race, senior captain Wendy Becerra missed becoming an all-star again by five seconds. She finished in tenth place running 21:41. (top eight girls are all-stars) In the latter part of the race, Wendy is usually picking off anyone near her but today she seemed a little flat. This doesn’t take away from another great year though that she had. She was very dominant and was either first or second in every race but one. Finishing right behind Becerra was freshman Jocelyn Poste who ran a personal best time on the Gr. Lawrence course in a time of 22:21 to finish twelfth. Melanie Nguyen was fifteenth in a best time of 22:40. Freshman Yarid Deris also had a PR and was twenty fourth. Senior Cynthia Guzman was thirty second overall to finalize the scoring for Chelsea. The girl’s finished in fourth place just three points behind third place Whittier.
This was a good group of girls that we finished with, they were hard working and positive and like the boys saw a lot of individual improvement. I really liked our Saturday morning long runs where after we finished running between 7-9 miles, we would have our bagels and peanut butter for breakfast. I hope everyone continues running indoor and outdoor track and continues to get faster and stronger throughout the year.
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