Big wins for Shelgren and Connolly. Tewksbury and Milton duke it out in Division 3 girls. Lowell secures sixth straight boys' title.
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Tewksbury claims girls' title at Saturday's meet.
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The Girls Course Record & the Girls 5-Man Average both went down, while the CHSAA Boys got their first Individual win ever.
All the information you need for Saturday's meet.
While the Eastern's race may be the most notable in terms of national competition, the letter races provide many great storylines for the local harriers.
Although the month of September, at least in Massachusetts, is a month where teams are just getting started, there's still plenty to write about. Updated, with quotes for Ryan Oosting.
Red Raiders score just 80 points at Saturday's meet.
Combined individual results and team scores from all Manhattan races.
The boys team from Lowell rolled through the Amherst Invitational yesterday out in Western Mass. The defending State Champions left no doubt that they are the best team in the Bay State until someone proves otherwise.
However this pursuit of Lowell only lasted for the first mile of the race, as Lowell's pack remained dominant.
The defending state champions made a statement on Saturday that the state title still must go through them.
Entering its 20th year, the 2015 Amherst Invitational is shaping up to be one of the finer editions in recent history. Taking place on the rolling grass fields of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, this meet has always served as a telling early season test for New England runners.
A new feature on Milesplitmass will be "The Starting Line". Each week we will run a preview of the weekend action. We will do our best to link all the profiles as well as the teams within the article. This week we take a look at the Amherst Invitational, the first major Invitational in Massachusetts for the 2014 season.
Saturday at the MIAA All State Finals was different. Saturday it was a little more difficult.The end result of the Division I girls’ race on the hilly terrain of the Gardner Municipal Golf Course was a triumphant one for a young and talented sophomore from Lowell High named Kaley Richards.But the most surprising storyline was the runner that never made it to the finish line. Feehan’s Abbie McNulty, the clear-cut favorite to snare the individual crown, was at her customary front-runner position before collapsing around the two-mile mark, apparently due to a lightning-fast pace that her legs simply couldn’t handle anymore. After about five minutes lying on the ground where she was catered to immediately, the senior was transported to an ambulance near the Shamrocks’ team area to receive further medical attention.
Last week, Coach Infascelli put on his Milesplitmass hat and travelled from the Cape Cod to the Northern most part of the State to film the Workout of the Week with the Division 1 State Champions of Lowell High. The video was filmed prior to last weekends Championship run, as the Red Raiders did a tempo run on a local golf course in preparation for the rolling hills of Gardner. Will Lowell High School repeat as All State Champions this weekend ? ........Never underestimate a "Heart of a Champion" !
“That was my first race that I could run fast,” said Gonser, who was timed in a personal best of 15:11 for the 5K event. “I realized that I could run fast and that the training had worked. At that point, I was just excited that everything was working and I could go on to bigger and better goals.”
The Lowell Boys Cross Country team has won a lot of meets over the years and Saturday’s MVC Championship added another prestigious trophy to the already impressive display case in the Riddick Fieldhouse. The defending MIAA All-State Champion Red Raiders, were once again led by Senior-Captain, Johnny Abraham who blitzed the field en route to a convincing win, covering the 5k course at the Tewksbury Recreation Center in an impressive 16:08. Runner-up, Quinn Cooney of Chelmsford was 19 seconds back (16:27). Lowell’s impressive pack was just getting going as senior Randy Nong placed 3rd (16:31) and the Red Raiders rounded out there scoring with impressive finishes by senior Matt Fowler (9th, 16:45), junior Larry Carney (10th, 16:49) and sophomore Chris Gendron (13th, 16:54). With a team total of 36 points, Lowell was easily ahead of runner-up and host Tewksbury (79 points) and 3rd place Chelmsford (87 points). Lowell also got great races from senior Andrew Whitney (17th, 17:04) and junior Ryan Ames (24th, 17:25). In an amazing development, the Red Raiders also took the top 12 places in the JV race, led by senior Tyler Richards (17:19).
Maia was pleased with the early-season effort of a team very eager to defend the title it won last November on Northfield Mountain. "We're just basically running off our fitness," he said. "The kids did their work over the summer and it's early in the season. It's a good beginning and the kids are excited."
Asked if he owned the Haverhill High record in the 100-meter dash a week ago, the very modest Alex Mayhew — with the help of more than a little encouragement — provided a prediction with his answer.
Deep and tough proved to be Weston’s calling card. The meet was dubbed as the Div. 4 State Coaches Relays but it was Weston that turned the competition into its own highlight reel show at John B. Reilly Field. John Monz’s boys’ and girls’ teams combined for six victories to take both team titles, closing out two days of relay meets across Eastern Mass.
In November, Lowell and Newton North were the respective on paper favorites to win indoor track All State titles, on the boys and girls sides, respectively. Lowell was coming off a dominant victory in cross country, with a great shot putter, high jumper, and 300 runner added into the mix. Newton North had a Renaissance in the fall, adding Maeve Greeley, Cookie Koch, Christina Galvano, and Michaela Smith to a dominant group that already included Carla Forbes, Madi Nadeau, Evie Heffernan, and Meghan Bellerose, who had a breakout fall to add to an already stellar track resume. For both teams, it was going to require some names that were once borderline anonymous to pull these ones off.
The Blizzard Beater Mile ran earlier this week and Milesplitmass covered all the exciting action from this unique event. The event was created by the Pembroke High School staff to offer one last chance for those kids that were shut out from the League Championships due to the Blizzard called Nemo. It was fun, exciting, unique, and it will definitely return next year no matter what the weather conditions. Great job by all the kids and coaches involved !
The Buffalo Bills made 4 straight Super Bowls in the 1990's, meaning, to even the casual NFL observer, that they won four straight AFC titles. But, when quarterback Jim Kelly or coach Marv Levy are asked about those years, the AFC titles are never mentioned, giving way to talk of what never happened, a Super Bowl victory. Now, Phil Maia and Scott Ouellet, the MA #1 Lowell Red Raiders coaching tandem that took the runner up trophy the past two years, as well as a 4th place in 2009 with a team good enough to win, have avoided the fate of those Bills. They will forever remember the first All State title, one that everyone seemed to know was coming, but Ouellet and Maia knew better than to take for granted.
NORTHFIELD -- Coming into the biggest race of the season, the Lowell High boys cross country team knew the only way it was going to achieve a peak performance was to run up the mountain faster than everybody else. The Red Raiders captured their first-ever MIAA Division 1 Cross-Country Meet team championship at the Northfield Mountain course by finishing with a total of 96 points. Westfield was second at 149, followed by Shrewsbury (175), St. John's Prep (188) and Wachusett (201). Chelmsford was eighth in the team standings at 219. The victory was especially sweet for Lowell since it had finished second in the team standings at the Div. 1 All-State Meet the two previous seasons. Patrick Coppinger (13, 16:30.70), Mike Kalenoski (22, 16:42.67), Nick McArdle (23, 16:43.61), John Abraham (28, 16:49.07), Randy Nong (35, 16:57.20) and Andrew Whitney (54, 17:09.97) led the way for the Raiders.
It was a very big weekend for the Bay State harriers, as Coach "Z" recaps all the action in the Weekly Z-Cap.
LOWELL -- Pat Coppinger has turned the most individual of sports into the ultimate team game. During the three seasons Coppinger has run on Lowell High's boys varsity cross country team, the Red Raiders have yet to lose a dual meet, capturing back-to-back MVC Division 1 titles in 2010 and 2011. Lowell, which won the EMass. Div. 1 Meet in 2010, finished second at the Div. 1 All-State Meet each of the past two seasons.
In what is almost certainly the biggest weekend of results so far this fall, three meets dominated the XC scene on Saturday. For those looking South, Bishop Feehan's boys and girls squads took to Cary, NC for the Great American XC Festival. A little less South, Rhode Island hosted the Ocean State XC Invitational. Those looking to stay closer to home, Wrentham was the site of the Frank Kelly Invitational. A word about Frank Kelly, the patriarch of the MSTCA meet at Wrentham today. Coaches know Frank as the wise-cracking gentleman who hands out the packets and pins at the table at many Mass. XC meets. If you're lucky, he might challenge you to an arm wrestling match, as he did John Monz today. If you're unlucky, you might take him up on it. Frank is a true gentleman of the sport, loves the kids involved, and has been involved in it since anyone can remember. Kudos to the MSTCA for giving Frank his due and naming this meet after him. Even more kudos to whoever designed the program, complete with a silhouette of Frank with his patented safari hat and walking stick. What a legend!
In what is the first true invitational weekend on the calendar, we in Massachusetts now have a much more defined look at the top teams in the state. On the boys side, top-10's Lowell, Pembroke, Brookline, Shrewsbury, and Westfield were all in action in three different states. On the girls side of things, the top four was idle, but Weston, Newton South, Lincoln-Sudbury, Amherst, Wachusett, Needham, Longmeadow, Concord-Carlisle, Haverhill, Notre Dame, Brookline, and Dennis-Yarmouth all took to the races, all except Weston and L-S at Amherst. The highlights were plenty...
The Season Kicked off this weekend with two early low key Cross-Country Invitationals. On the North Shore In Newburport, the Annual Clipper Relays started the season with a fun 3 x 2mile relay. Lowell High School, one of the preseason favorites, walked away with the team title. The Lowell High School team of Mike Kalenoski, Nick Mcardle, and Pat Coppinger set a meet record with a time of 30:02 for the six mile race. Although not all the coaches turned in the Split sheets, we believe Nate Adams from Lexington had one of the fastest times at 9:42. Nate won the first leg of the six mile race, he was followed by Norwell's Owen Wiggin's (9:44) , and Methuen's Mike O'Donnell (9:46).
A division that has been dominated by Brookline and Lowell for the past several years has opened up a bit, although I still see those as the top two teams. However, unlike in 2011, it would not be a complete shock to see another team on the podium. Brookline took EMass in 2011 by a paltry 8 points, and followed it up with their second consecutive All State title and 3rd in 5 years. With the losses of Mark Perry and Chernet Sisay, they take a hit. But Lowell loses Alexis Andujar and Nate McCarthy, their own top two. It will take some major improvements by Newton North, Acton-Boxboro, Lexington, or a trio of Catholic Conference teams in BC High, St. John's Prep, and Xaverian, to bring us back to 2008, the last time a team other than Lowell or Brookline won this division.
Newtonsportsphotography.com put together this beautiful recap of the Division 1 State Relays in images. We are hoping to make this a familiar feature in the future. Please feel free to comment at the bottom of the recap. Our special thanks to Newtonsportphotography.com for their incredible work.
The Boston Globe has selected the annual Indoor Track & Field All Scholastics team. Read about the accomplishments of both the athletes and coaches from this past winter season. (via www.boston.com)
Based on the performance list entering the meet, the Newton North boys were projected to score 24 points. Even further down the list, Mansfield was projected to only score 14 points. Both should have finished mid-pack if the performance list had any significant impact on the outcome of the championship. Thankfully for both teams, seed times mean little.
Every event in a state championship provides excitement and drama, but this year the relays may decide the team title. But don't expect to see the same line-ups from last week. Some additional fresh legs --courtesy of athletes that did not qualify in an individual event-- may help the common man become the hero. We watched it happen on Sunday at the Division 1 Championships, and those same teams remain in the hunt this week.
The MileSplitMass database continues to grow as we track performances from around the state. Check back each week to view the updated list.
Newton North continues to accomplish what is unimaginable to most teams, and this time they may have outdone themselves. They scored 20 points in the long jump with four different girls contributing to the total. Most teams would be thrilled to score 20 points in a meet, or have one athlete in the finals of a major division championship. The depth was on display as a bevy of athletes assumed their role within the program for the greater good of the team. The entire situation speaks volumes about the character of the athletes and the trust they have in the coaching staff.
It was a high profile week in New England, with New Balance sponsoring two elite events geared towards assembling some of the fastest fields on the East Coast. Thankfully for track fans, both events delivered as promised.
A stacked field has been assembled for both mile races, and the addition of the boys 4x800m and girls 4x400m has given high school track fans even more to cheer for. The Reggie Lewis Center track is considered a relatively fast surface, and if athletes get after it early, we may see some jaw dropping times.
Show stopping relays were the order of the week with the Yale Track Classic and the Massachusetts Division meets providing ample competition to tear apart the rankings. Some teams, like Marshfield (MA), had the luxury of doing both. They participated in the MSTCA Division 2 Relays last weekend, and then traveled to Yale Friday where they unleashed a US#1 DMR time of 10:17.40. That group was anchored by Joel Hubbard who split 4:14 for his mile leg.
Meet officials at the New Balance Grand Prix announced the Massachusetts teams scheduled to compete in the newly added 4x400m and 4x800m relays. The format of the competition will pit six schools from New York against six schools from Massachusetts in a head-to-head competition for state bragging rights. The New York teams will qualify from the CHSAA Conference Meet at the Armory.
It was an historic day for the Lowell High boys' indoor track team as the Red Raiders set three school records, placed first in two events and won the title at yesterday's annual Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Division 1 relays at the Reggie Lewis Center. (via www.lowellsun.com)
Jonathan Green had every reason to be happy after reeling off a sterling time of 15 minutes, 41 seconds in the Division 1 race to outlast always-tough Joel Hubbard of Marshfield (15:42) and Wachusett’s Colin Bennie (15:46). The race proved to be the deepest off the day as eight runners dipped under 16 minutes on what is slowly becoming the legendary 3.1-mile Franklin Park layout. Pembroke’s Wesley Gallagher had plenty of challengers on his way to defending his Div. 2 title with a scintillating 15:43. Wakefield’s star harrier Stephen Robertson was the final runner to take on Gallagher and finished second in 15:44. In the team battles, Brookline (110 points) defeated Lowell (147) and Oliver Ames (177) to successfully defend its title from a year ago. After capturing its third consecutive girls title, Bishop Feehan went to work in the boys Div. 2 race against defending champion Pembroke. Only 21 seconds separated the first five Shamrock runners as they edged out the Titans for the title.
The State Meet is here and the MSTCA has released their weekly poll. Did your team make the list?
Peabody’s Nick Christansen crossed the finish line after turning aside the Div. 1 EMass field and hardly broke stride as he raced through the chute and out the back. The Tanner standout had good reason to be excited. His time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds was a personal best on the 3.1-mile Franklin Park course and Christansen accomplished what he had set as a goal during the summer months.
Every runner at Lowell is a cog in the machine. But that’s not said in a negative way. Rather, every runner in the Lowell program is an integral part of the running powerhouse that seems to top the state rankings year after year. The cogs work in unison, and when firing on all cylinders, they execute race tactics with machine like efficiency.
The rain was hard, the mud was thick and the air was raw. But none of that mattered to the Lowell High boys cross country team. (via www.lowellsun.com)
Cheserek sets another meet record and Pembroke wins their third in a row.
Breakdown of Girls' Varsity Races
Breakdown of Boys' Varsity Races
Lowell has spent the last couple of week trying to get healthy. If this performance is any indication, they are well on their way.
41 of the 80 state ranked teams are scheduled to compete at the Bay State Invitational.
Junior Pat Coppinger finished seventh in a field of more than 150 runners as the Lowell High boys cross country team placed third in the Championship Division of the annual Ocean State Invitational (via www.lowellsun.com)
Brookline shows their strength at Amherst and Massachusetts teams travel to Rhode Island to sweep the Ocean State Invitational.
The first weekend of traditional format invitationals is upon us, and the state's best programs are scattered across four states as they search for ideal conditions to foster their development.
Each week MileSplitMass will look at the top 20 teams from each of the two state divisions.
It was a good day for the Merrimack Valley Conference at the Clipper Relays in Newburyport yesterday, with local teams Andover, Methuen and Haverhill leading the way. (via www.eagletribune.com)
When you add up the net losses and gains/improvements of all the teams it is pretty clear that the race to the top in the MVC for 2011 is going to be very competitive and a lot closer than last fall.
Many of the athletes we will see this season did not even race on the varsity level last year, and the coaches that demonstrate the patience to employ a long-term plan will most likely hoist a championship trophy in November. (Photo by Henry Finch)
National level experience begins to show on the sophomore list.
Lipman, Gompers, and Scott are three of the state's best....... regardless of age.
Josh Lampron wins the mile and Wachusett smokes another distance relay. (Photo by Vic Sailer)
Massachusetts distance strength was on display in the 5,000m and Nicole Genard set a new meet record in the javelin. (Photo by Maroon News).
The Lincoln-Sudbury girls posted a US#8 time of 9:01.78 and the Wachusett boys posted a US#5 time of 7:36.37 in their respective 4x800m relays.
Massachusetts athletes pick-up 12 wins and 2 meet records.
Relays and records were the story of the week as the Penn Relays, District E Relays, and MSTCA State Relays all fell on the same weekend.
Several athletes opted for road races while the future of Massachusetts track and field was on display at the NDA Rt. 228 Invitational.
Photo by Don Rich
The release of the entries list on Monday put an end to the speculation regarding who will compete on Friday, but it still left many questions unanswered.
Several meet records are in jeopardy as we watch some very impressive athletes try to win multiple events.
Photo by Tim Fulton