Jimmy breaks down some of the top male underclassmen after the first month of XC!
Here is all the information in one place for this weekends action.
We highlight the best girls performances by the Future Stars of the sport nationally from the first month of the high school country season. Presented by Hoka One One.
The meets are starting to pour in from around the country and Milesplitmass s trying to keep up with all the action. Email us if your athlete is missing or your HS and College profiles are not linked together.
Nick Symmonds invaded Marathon sports Monday night and the Massachusetts track community came out in force to meet the Olympian. Symmonds, who is on a book tour promoting his new book "Life Outside the Oval Office," had an up close meet and greet with his fans. Check out this video of Monday nights event in Mansfield.
Slowly but surely cross country action in Massachusetts and the rest of New England is heating up. Even though it’s still early and quite a few squads are resting top runners, there were plenty of exciting races throughout this past weekend. At the heart of all of this weekend’s actions was the UMASS Minuteman Invitational. Boston College, University of Vermont, University of Maine, UCONN, Sacred Heart, and Amherst College converged on Saturday at the challenging bucolic course nestled in the UMass Amherst campus. For a few teams this was their first showing of the year and a chance to shake off some of the summer rust. Though for everyone it served as an opportunity to have some fun at a quicker pace and shorter distance (Men 6k, Women 5k).
Our virtual meet is telling us we may have a repeat of last years Manchester Essex and Urusline Academy as our top two finishers. The piture will be a little more clear as we head into our few few invitationals in the weeks ahead.
Olympic great Nick Symmonds To Visit Marathon Sports In Mansfield on Monday September 15.
A few of the top New England Collegiate teams made the trip out to Western Mass to compete in the Umass Minuteman Invitational. In the Mens race, Dan Moroney of the University of Vermont, broke the 6K course record in a time of 18:53.4. Moroney, from Suffield High School in Ct, established a new record on the hilly Umass course.
Hopkinton's Shelby Aarden wasn't familiar with the 2.5-mile course at Saturday's Big Wave Cross Country Invitational so the senior harrier told herself she'd stay with the pack and let the race place itself out. Only then would she make a strong move to the front. So much for pre-race strategy.
This was a two team race in 2013, and it looks like much of the same this season. Manchester Essex won the close battle in 2014, but Coyle returns a solid squad and it should come down to the wire once again to decide our D6 Champion.
Athletes and Coaches come meet Olympian Nick Symmonds at Marathon Sports in Masfield on Monday September 15th, 2014.
Massachusetts X-Country is still a week away from hosting a major Invitational, but here's What's on Tap for the Weekend !
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We have been writing a great deal about the Lincoln-Sudbury and Needham talent, but we by no means are overlooking the depth and dominance of Hamilton Wenham. The All State D2 Champions are returning 6 of 7 runners from the All State meet a year ago. They walked away with the State title by 50+ points and look poised to do it all over again this season. They won by that margin with top runner Emily Weigand running in the number 6 spot. When the dust is settled they just maybe the strongest in the state no matter what division.
The Middle School Cross-Countrty programs around the State will now ave a second option for a major invitational This Columbus Day we will offer a complete schedule of events for both boys and girls at the Wrentham Developmental Center.
Three-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan is throwing her considerable (metaphorical) weight behind the resurfacing of the first track she raced on. Flanagan will run a 5K to be held on November 29 in her hometown of Marblehead, Massachusetts, The Salem News reports. The Marblehead All-Sports Foundation is holding the race to help fund a $575,000 resurfacing of the town's track.
HOPEDALE — The Hopedale boys cross-country team hasn’t lost a regular season meet since Sept. 7, 2012. So it was no surprise that the Blue Raiders dominated Blackstone-Millville on Tuesday afternoon at Draper Field, 15-47 in boys and 15-50 in girls to win the season opening meets for both teams.
This should be an interesting Division to watch in 2014, as we have three horses in the race for the title. Hamilton Wenham, Seekonk, and Newburyport all have strong teams coming back. Newburyport is our defending champion, but the virtual meet is pointing us at Hamilton Wenham.
Milesplitmass will following our Alumni all season long. Check back every tuesday and see how your former teammates performed around the USA.
Here are the Top 10 photo's from the Clipper Relays at Maudsley State park.
If we are going to have a nice hot day for a Cross-Country race, there is no better place than Martha's Vineyard to have it. Thirteen different schools made the ferry trip on to the island to compete in the 8th Annual Martha's Vineyard X-C Invitational in Oak Bluff's yesterday. In the boys varsity race , Cody Kingman of Sheperd Hill High School defeated defending champion Connor James (2nd- of Milton Academy. Kingman finished in a time of 16:37 to win the first invitational of the season. Kingman led most of the race until James took over around the second mile.
On a scorching hot day at Maudsley State Park in Newburyport, the Massachusetts Invitational season got off to a fast start. The 15th Annual Clipper Relays had over 1400 competitors from 32 schools in attendance. In the girls race, the Lexington High School team of Olivia Manickas-Hill, Alex Wolf, and Hannah Born ran 36:21 for the six mile course. The Minutemen also had teams finishing 10th, 20th, 27th, 28th, 36th, 49th, 56th, 63rd, and 81st. They fnished 6th place in 2013. Bevely High School finished second place (36:40) with a team of Abby Walsh, Julia Curtin, and Julianna Wesley. The Weymouth Wildcat's (36:48) team of Kelly higgins, Kacie Higgins, and Ashley Betts rounded out the top three.
The Invitational season kicks off with a couple of coastal meets. Up in Cape Ann Country, the 10th Annual Clipper Relays will be held in Newburyport. The perfect opening meet for many teams as they will carry a baton in teams of three around the rolling hills of beautful Maudsley State Park. This early season invitational will showcase many of the North Shore teams as they compete for the Classic Handcrafted Awards. If you took a speed boat from Cape Ann to Cape Cod you could catch the Martha's Vineyard Invitational. Another perfect setting for this early season summer atmosphere event. It should be a great weekend of action and Milespitmass will cover as much as possible.
Marblehead High School captured this division rather easily in 2013, but they were hit hard by graduation, leaving this division up for grabs this year. Holliston and Milton are leading our virtual meet totals, but look for this to be a close race for the team title in November.
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Milesplitmass took a trip to Wompatuck State Park to take in the Weymouth vs Brookline season opener.
With perfect form and ponytails, Jen Rhines and Morgan Uceny ran effortlessly down a dirt path along the Charles River last week, passing morning rush-hour traffic, bike commuters, and joggers. Along the way, they prompted double takes. Olympians in action tend to do that, especially in a city with as rich a running history as Boston.
The first X-C races around the country were this weekend, and milesplitmass will be following all of our Alumni every step of the way. We will do our best to make sure all your past teammates arei ncluded in this report, please let us know if someone is missing.
Pembroke Again ? Although the State Champions lost the Top 7 from the 2013 squad, they have enough depth to stay on top in 2014. Even though many of the Titan times came at the very fast Twilight meet, there is huge 45 point difference to the next closest team. Our virtual meet is telling us they will not be challenged at the Division 4 Championships. Then again.....it's only Sept 1st, its only a virtual meet....and it really doesn't matter.
Far more often than ever before, a freshman enters his or first XC season with certain expectations from coaches and teammates. Could this be the one who fills in our gap from 4th to 5th. Could it be that diamond in the rough my opponents always seem to get? Could this group give us the depth we so badly need? Could this whole class bring us a state title three years down the line? But anyone who has ever been a freshman knows that those expectations, however possible, are foolish to lavish upon a group of kids who are so busy worrying about the Pretty Little Liars finale and finding a TBT pic for Insty, that they either don't notice them or don't care... or much worse, crumble underneath them. This is for them... those kids joining their respective teams for the first time this week. Nervous, bewildered, excited, or apathetic, here's everything you need to know about cross country.
We usually like to average only the top 4 times, because it allows us to include more teams in the mix. Take a look how close Lincoln Sudbury and Needham are when we average the Top 4 Milers on each team. They are separated by six tenths of one second. If we go five deep. L-S is ahead by 1.1 seconds. It really doesn't mean a great deal on Labor Day weekend, but both teams will be fun to watch all season. The complete list is available to MileSplit Insiders.
A divisional meet that is typically wide open and this year it once again seems to be the case. Oliver Ames has won a few of these close battles over the last several years. You can also count on the Shamrock's of Bishop Feehan to be in contention as well.
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- Wesleyan Invitational
- Amherst Invitational
- UMass Dartmouth Cross Country Invitational
- Wellesley Invitational
- Swampscott vs. Lynn English
- Frolio Middle v Randolph Middle v Furnace Brook Middle
- Hanover Middle v Whitman Middle v Hanson Middle
- Hingham Middle v Weymouth Middle v Pierce Middle
- Norwell Middle v Silver Lake Middle v Pembroke Middle
- Boston College Invitational / Coast to Coast Battle