Oram and Scott win Ghiloni Cup races

Ever since 2010, the three high schools in Marlborough hold an annual championship meet to determine which school has the best Cross Country team in the City.  Marlborough High School, The Advanced Math and Science Academy Charter School and Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School are the three high school team.  The meet also features future XC talent, as three middle school compete, too (AMSA, Whitcomb and Immaculate Conception) The trophy that goes to the winning team has been dubbed the Ghiloni Cup, so-named because the meet is held in Marlborough's Ghiloni Park.  In the first six years of the races, the boy's and girl's cups have always stayed together.  Marlborough HS led the series with four wins; AMSA had two.

One of the the highlights of the 7th Annual Ghiloni Cup was the boy's varsity competition. The Cup has changed schools three times in three years, and like previous years, this year's race was going to be a close one. Brian Oram, one of the premier cross country runners in Central Massachusetts, was expected to win today, and he didn't disappoint anyone with a sterling victory from start to finish in a time of 16.22.1, finishing more than one minute ahead of the second place runner. With only a half mile to go, AMSA held the next three places, yet Yossef Naim came out of no where to catch two of AMSA's top runners to place third overall. Yet, despite Marlborough placing 1 and 3, AMSA's depth proved to be the deciding factor in the overall standing with seniors Zach Williams, Marcin Kierzenka and Ben Maron placing 2nd, 4th and 5th respectively to pace the AMSA Eagles.  In the end AMSA won the meet, scoring 25 points, to MHS's 32.


On the girls side, the Marlborough Lady Panthers had held the Cup for 2 straight years. AMSA made a strong play to reclaim the Cup from MHS as sophomore twins Megan and Kate Scott led the Eagles with a 1st (19:33.4) and 4th place overall.  But it was Marlborough High School's depth that kept the Cup with the Panthers for a third straight year. Leading the Panthers was Noelle Bass, Erin Giugno and Meaghan MccCabe placing 2nd, 3rd and 5th overall. The Lady Panthers placed seven girls in the top nine overall to hand the Eagles their first loss of the season.  MHS scored 23 points, AMSA scored 38.

Special Thanks to Mike Mahon, who provides support for the annual competition.