The boy’s and girl’s cross country teams competed at the CAC league championship this last weekend at Essex Tech in Danvers.
Sophomore Yarid Deras continued her winning ways, leading wire to wire and avenging her only loss of the year to the two Notre Dame girls beating them by twenty five seconds and fifty four seconds. She was challenged late in the race by Shakira Henriquez of Presentation of Mary but ended up winning by nine seconds in a time of 21:08 on the three mile course. “Yard ran a terrific race”. “You always tell an athlete to get out strong and start in a good position so they can have a chance to win the race.” “She did that and never looked back.” At one point after the hill going into the third mile you could tell she was fatigued and in distress. She composed herself though and lengthened her lead by a couple of seconds in the final half mile. “Yarid has worked very hard for this, she has not missed a practice in two years and had a great training program over the summer. She is also, more importantly a straight A student and has a great attitude. Yarid is the first ever female student at Chelsea High school to be the league champion in cross country.”
Senior captain Melanie Nguyen ran 23:36 to finish seventeenth overall in the field of sixty three. Sophomore Jocelyn Poste was right behind Nguyen in eighteenth place with a time of 23:53. Senior Owliyo Mohamed was twenty third in 24:42. Freshman Karina Avalos was thirty sixth for the lady red devils running 26:51. Freshman Sandra Tun also finished well for the girls. The girl’s finished in fifth place in the upper division race only six points out of fourth.
In the boy’s race Jose Leclerc finished third overall in the boy’s large school division. Losing only to Shawsheen’s Jake Ferri and Allen Mukundi of Greater Lowell. These were the only two individuals that Leclerc lost to in the regular season. Jose ran a smart race, he was in contention until about the final half mile when the top two pulled away from him. Leclerc’s time was 17:27 for the 3.0 mile course.This is his first season of cross country so he should be very happy with the result. The top eight receive all star status and will have a banquet later this month to honor their achievement. Freshman Demitrius Martinez finished in ninth place a mere six seconds out of all star placement. Demitrius ran a good race and was just out of the money. I look forward to his future this year and in the upcoming years. This will be good motivation for him to use to get better. Senior captain Adriel Cedano finished in twenty sixth place and teammate Alex Pedrero was in twenty eighth. Freshman Abraham Barrientos was thirty third place in 21:02. The boy’s finished in fifth place in the large school division.
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This Saturday, Chelsea will be competing at the St Coaches meet in Wrentham, Ma. There will be a freshman race, a sophomore race and a junior/senior race.