Last Wednesday, the boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Andover to face Gr. Lawrence, Gr. Lowell and Shawsheen Tech at Gr. Lawrence’s campus. In the girl’s quad meet the lady red devils won two out of three meets. They beat Greater Lowell 21-34 and narrowly beat Shawsheen 27-28 and they fell to Greater Lawrence 23-36. This put their CAC regular season record at 7-3.
“We had a tremendous meet today, because of an injury and attendance issues we had only five girls running today. That is the bare minimum for a cross country meet. If one of the girls had failed to finish the race we would forfeit automatically all three of the races.” Coach Fay.
Senior captain Wendy Becerra was the overall winner of the race in a thrilling come from behind victory. Wendy was in third for most of the race and in the final 600 meters catch the lead runner from Gr. Lawrence and beat her by two seconds running 21:37 for the 3.1 miles. Freshman Jocelyn Poste was the second Chelsea runner and seventh overall for Chelsea running a time of 22:52. Next for Chelsea was Melanie Nguyen in eleventh place in a time of 23:50. Freshman Yarid Deras and Cynthia Guzman finished eighteenth and nineteenth respectively to round out the scoring for Chelsea.
Fay says. “We ran tough, strong and aggressive today. Some of the girls are still finding their ceiling. The good news is that we are back on this same course in two weeks for the league meet. ”
This week Chelsea will host Everett on Monday they will go to Medford on Thursday and travel to Gr. Lowell for a relay race on Saturday.
In the boy’s race, Chelsea was on the losing side of all three meets. Despite this they finished the CAC regular season at 5-5. All three of these teams faced were undefeated going into this meet. These three teams have won the league nine out of the last ten years (Chelsea won in 2010). Jose Aguiar who is running his first season of cross country ran a gutsy race to finish tenth overall. He went out real fast and ran out of gas at the end. “This was a learning curve for Jose, when we face these teams in two weeks, he will have a better idea where he stands in this race and how to run it a little smarter.” says Fay. Next for Chelsea was Jansel Claudio in eighteenth and Johnny Gomez in nineteenth. Adriel Cedano was twenty second and Diego Estrada finished twenty fifth for Chelsea.
We are also a pretty small team this year but we are running well as a team and improving each week.
The boy’s are running against Everett and Medford this week and are also participating in the Gr. Lowell relay race this Saturday.