10/1 Weekend Recap: Whitman-Hanson is a force

Bay State Invitational





  • Whitman-Hanson went 1-2-3 to win the Division 1 Girls race.  They also too 7th and 18th to secure a 34 point win over Franklin.  Gianna Cacciatore won the race in 20:06, followed by Rachel Baker (20:13), and Abby Baker (20:14).

  • Chernet Sisay made an argument for himself as the best runner in the state.  A slow course prevented the times from truly reflecting the quality of performances, but Sisay methodically dismantled a very talented field.  He employed a very patient tactic that place him near 20th place at the half-way point, and then patiently brought the leaders back.  With 800m to go, Sisay had Pat Ryan of Whitman-Hanson and Zach Ganshirt of Walpole in his sights.  It only took one more turn before Sisay entered the home stretch with the lead and secured the win in 16:30.  Ryan would finish second in 16:35, and Ganshirt was third in 16:37.  Paolo Tavares (16:51) and Quintin Stipp (16:56) rounded out the top five. 

  • Lincoln-Sudbury and Brookline found themselved tied at 131 points in the Divison 1 Boys Varsity race until the 6th man tie-breaker clinched the win for L-S.  Senior Greg Holman was the hero of the day as his 63rd place finish earned his team the win.

  • Stephen Robertson of Wakefield went toe-to-toe with Brendan Sullivan of Foxborough, as the two broke away from the field early in the Division 2 Varsity Boys race.  Robertson (16:30) would edge Sullivan (16:34) for the win in the final 300 meters.

  • Hopedale was the dominant team of the Division 2 Varsity Boys race.  The Blue Raiders combined for 39 total points; over 71 points ahead of second place Martha's Vineyard.

  • Jordan O'Dea is picking up right where she left off in 2010.  The Dennis-Yarmouth junior broke the field early and cruised to a 34 second win the in the Division 2 Varsity Girls race.  Her finishing time of 19:29 was the fastest time of the day.

  • Hamilton-Wenham justified their MA#2 ranking by putting their top 5 in the first 30 spots and winning the meet with 51 points.  The Generals were 85 points ahead of second place Dennis-Yarmouth.  

  • The future looks bright for Seekonk.  The Warriors put 6 runners in the top 15 spots of the Divison 2 Freshman race and posted a miniscule 23 second gap.  The Freshman and JV races were not scored, but if they had, Seekonk would have easliy won with 46 points.



Great American Cross Country Festival




  • Daniel Moore (Holy Trinity FL) pulled a huge upset by running a course record 14:57.6 over the 5k layout to defeat US#4 Jacob Burcham (WV), who ran 15:00.2.  JacobThomson (Holy Cross KY) was 3rd in 15:02.8.  O'Hara PA boys got the team win with 119 points.

  • US#25 Haley Pierce (Tatnall DE) opened her season with little doubts as she goes 17:32.1 for the win.  Katie Fortner (Cave Spring VA) ran impressive as a frosh, going 17:35.4 for 2nd.   US#3 Saratoga Springs NY had the edge over US#5 Tatnall DE in the team race with 64 points to 72 points.

  • Both Bishop Feehan squads finished 10th in their respective divisions.  The boys were led by Henry Dodge who finished in 36th place (15:55), while the girls were led by Katie Powell who finished 27th (18:33).  

  • The Massachusetts boys had a banner day in the Red Division.  Dan Crowley of Ludlow won the race in 15:58.  Also cracking the top ten was teammate Brian Crowley in 4th (16:12), Cody Hodgins of Holyoke in 6th (16:17), and James Traester of Amherst in 8th (16:19).  Amherst finished second behind Saratoga Springs (NY) with 86 points.  Ludlow was 4th with 178 points.



Paul Short Invitational




  • US#2 Julie Macedo (Charter, PA) blasted a 17:26 5k over the soggy Lehigh layout to notch yet another impressive win.  The mark was #3 All-Time behind Aislinn Ryan (NY) and Aisling Cuffe (NY). 

  • US#17 Dustin Wilson (Chestnut Hill Adademy, PA) won the boys race with a solid 15:46 clocking.

  • Weymouth was the only Massachusetts team to head south, where they finished 14th out of 44 teams in the Brown Divison.  The Wildcats were led by junior Molly Barker who covered the 5,000 meter course in 19:42.



21st Annual Woods Trail Run




  • US#24 Champlain Valley (VT) won the girls title with 38 points by going 1-3-6-7 in the combined results. Taylor Spillane had the fastest time of the day, crossing the line in 19:57.

  • Amity High School of Connecticut won the boys combined title with 96 points; 17 points ahead of in state rival Fairfield Prep.  Conor Rog of Fairfield Prep had the fastest time of the day, clocking in at 17:02.

  • Peter Hale of Swampscott was the top Massachusetts finisher, placing 16th overall in 18:30.  Julia Berkowicz of Whitinsville Christian was the top Massachusetts female, finishing 8th overall in 21:44.  Whitinsville Christian finished 11th in the boys race and 15th in the girls race as the top Massachusetts teams.