Runners To Watch: Sam Acquaviva, Newburyport

During the next few weeks leading up to the beginning of the cross-country season, MileSplit MA will highlight some of our top returning runners this fall. We graduated some outstanding harriers from last year, but we still have an impressive list of talent coming back this season with hopes of making their marks on the dirt trails.

Sam Acquaviva, Newburyport

For the last four years, a Newburyport runner has won the individual title at the Division 2 All State Meet. Chances are it could be No. 5 with Acquaviva on the starting line. The Clipper senior will be aiming for his second consecutive crown this fall and has certainly shown he has the capabilities to do it again. Following his cross-country season, Acquaviva was the indoor Division 4 state titlist for two miles. He clocked a best for the deuce of 9:26 at the Twilight Invitational during the spring campaign. He later claimed the Division 4 title and was eighth at the All State Meet. On the trails in 2017, the Newburyport standout also had wins at the Bay State Invitational and the Cape Ann League Championships where he ran his PR of 15:49 for the 5K distance.