Central Massachusetts Division X-C Previews

Central Massachusetts Division 1 Boys

All eyes for the team title at the divisionals will be on defending champion St. John's, which has six of their varsity runners coming back. In fact, this is a team that can do some damage at the All State Finals and possibly the Nike Northeast Regionals. The Redman are that good. St. John's possess a lethal 1-2 punch that includes sub 16-minute guys, Joshua Rahn and Patrick Craemer.  With former teammate and last year's titlist Ben Kovacs gone to gradaution and runner-up Kyle Cloutier of Nashoba Rgeional also a recent grad, Craemer and Rahn are the top returnees this fall after finishing third and fourth, respectively, at last year's meet. St. John's also have a solid core that features senior Joe Walsh, junior Dominic Mastromatteo, senior Tyler Griffin and senior Thomas Goodhue, who have all broken 17 minutes. While it does appear that St. John's is the overwhelming favorite to to it again this fall, there are some of the other teams that could be among the contenders, such as Shrewsbury and Wachusett Regional. Shrewsbury is led by Andrew Kaye, who was sixth at last year's divisionals. Sophomore Isaac Steele is the No. 1 coming back for Wachusett. He was 16th at the division meet as a ninth-grader and a runner-up at the Wachusett Invitational where he ran his best of 17:01.