The season is starting to wind down!
Last Wednesday the boy’s and girl’s cross country teams hosted Essex Tech, Lynn Tech and Shawsheen Tech in their last home meet of the year. On the girl’s side the lady Red Devils won two of the three meets beating Shawsheen 26-30 and Lynn Tech 15-50. They lost a close meet to Essex Tech 23-33. The Essex Tech girls finished the regular season undefeated and this was probably the closest score any team had against them this year. Sophomore Yarid Deras continued to have another spectacular race by winning wire to wire in a new personal best by fifty three seconds and becoming the second fastest performer ever on her home course running 21:31 for 3.1 miles. Her only loss of the year was against two Notre Dame girls on their home course. She has won her other twelve races this year. She has a very legitimate chance to win the league meet next Saturday, October 29th at Essex Tech. Also finishing in a personal best was senior captain Melanie Nguyen finishing in 23:44 good for sixth place overall. Sophomore Joselyn Poste was right behind in eighth place running 24:00. Senior Owliyo Mohamed was twelfth running a personal best of 25:29. Freshman Karina Avalos was seventeenth running a personal best of 28:51, knocking off almost three minutes from her previous personal best. We had a great meet today and we are peaking at just the right tme for the bigger meets. We have a small team but they work extremely hard and that is showing in the races. The girls were 6-7 overall and 5-6 in the league. Four of our meets we lost by four or fewer points. Our fourth and fifth girl are much improved from the beginning of the year. This Saturday the girls go to Greater Lowell for the second annual John Kent relays and then will go to Danvers the next Saturday for the CAC championship.
On the boy’s side they beat Essex Tech and lost a close one to Lynn Tech and lost to Shawsheen Tech. This puts the boy’s record at 4-8 overall and 4-6 in the league. Our whole team has improved dramatically from the beginning of the season. It showed today in how well everyone ran on their home course.
Junior Jose Leclerc ran the whole race with Jake Ferri from Shawshen in a tense struggle throughout the race. Ferri was able to outkick Leclerc in the last quarter mile to win by four seconds and establish a new course record of 18:12 for the 3.1 mile course. Leclerc was also under the old record running 18:16 and had a personal best by 1:11.
This is only Jose’s second league loss of the year and Ferri beat the other runner that had beaten Jose. So it looks like it will be at a good three person race for the individual championship at the league meet next week. Demitrius Martinez finished in fifth overall with a personal best of 19:04 out of a total field of fifty six runners. Senior captain Adriel Cedano was seventeenth overall running 20:32. Running in his first race for Chelsea high school, Walid El Mellouki ran 20:56 for eighteenth place. Finishing in 20th and 22nd respectively were Abraham Barrientos and Wuilfido Hernandez running 21:13 and 21:16, both personal bests.
This Saturday the boy’s, girl’s and coaches competed at the John Kent relays at Greater Lowell. Coach Kent was the former cross country coach at Greater Lowell who passed away last summer.
The girls relay team of Jocelyn Poste, Yarid Deras and Melanie Nguyen finished second overall to Notre Dame Academy in the girl’s race. The boy’s team finished of Demitrius Martinez, Alex Pedrero and Jose Leclerc finished fifth overall in the boy’s race. In the coaches, family and friends race the team of Nate Weaver, Mark Martineau and Don Fay finished third overall, one second behind the Greater Lawrence coaches team.
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