The recent alignment has moved the top two teams from last year's divisionals, Concord-Carlisle and Arlington, to Division 2. That should make things slightly different up front this fall, especially considering some of the top teams have also made the jump up to a higher division. Based on top times achieved in 2016-17 and performances at the state level, newcomers Wakefield Memorial, Pembroke and Tewksbury, who all competed in Div. 4 last year, appear to be the strongest schools this season. Senior teammates Matt Greatorex and Tommy Lucey lead Wakefield. Greatorex was the individual victor at his divisionals where he clocked a respectable 16:19.23 at Wrentham. Lucey was seventh in 16:47.21. Justin Gaiser, who was 14th at the divisionals with a sub 17-minute clocking, is the top returnee for Pembroke. Tewksbury' has seniors Alec Hirtle and Joey Forest, who were ninth and 15th, respectively at the Eastern State Meet.
Individually, Greatorex could return to familiar territory with a victory. He posted some impressive times during the track season with best of 4:20 for the mile and 9:;46 for the deuce. He was 12th at the All State Meet for X-C. There's also Ian Ross of Bishop Feehan, who was fifth at the divisionals last year. Gaiser and Lucey are among others.