Nick Carleo walked through the finish chute, his face serene, the only sign that he had exerted himself was the beads of sweat that collected on his forehead. With just two or possibly three races left on the schedule this fall, it's inevitable that the Newburyport speedster will have to go all out in at least one of them. That next gear is what separates Carleo from the rest of the elite cross country runners in Massachusetts
WRENTHAM — Nauset senior Coralea Geraniotis said she was willing to do anything to help her team become the first in program history to compete in the MIAA All-State cross-country meet. For the Warriors captain, “anything” meant winning the girls’ Division 4 race at Saturday’s Eastern Mass. Divisional Championships at the Wrentham Developmental Center. Her top finish lead Nauset to the team title and a guaranteed spot in next weekend’s All-State meet.
WRENTHAM — “Nothing special, they’re just city kids with the will to win,” said Lowell coach Phil Maia. Living up to their legacy, the Red Raiders edged Cambridge by 1 point, securing 80 points to Cambridge’s 81 at the Wrentham Developmental Center to win their third consecutive MIAA EMass Cross-Country championship. “Everyone’s coming after you,” Maia told his team before the race. “We have a target on our back.”
Going into yesterday’s Eastern Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Championships at Wrentham Developmental Center, all eyes were on the Division 1 race, in which defending champion Lowell and a surging Cambridge had many similarities. “Our kids are the same makeup,” said Red Raiders coach Phil Maia. “We both have kids who are willing to put in the work and get the results.” It was Lowell that got the results yesterday, placing four runners in the top 25 to squeak out the Div. 1 boys team title over the Falcons by one point, 80-81. It’s the Red Raiders’ fourth sectional title in five years. Xaverian’s Lucas Taxter led the way in the race, finishing in 15:23.
WRENTHAM - Ariel Keklak hasn't asked her older sister, two-time all-state champion Andrea, for many tips on how to traverse the hills and trails this season. The Lincoln-Sudbury junior may want some pointers for next week at the all-state meet after outdueling a strong pack to capture the Div. 2 race at yesterday's EMass Cross Country Championships on the grounds of the Wrentham Developmental Center.
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The Boys D6 Race should be an excellent duel between last year’s champion and runner-up, Adam Petti of West Bridgewater and Scott McCluskey of Coyle Cassidy. At last year’s race, Petti and McCluskey were right with one another until the halfway point, when Petti broke McCluskey and crusied to a 16:03 victory.
There is only one person you’ll have to worry about in the Boys D5 Race and that is Newburyport senior Nick Carleo. Last year, Carleo was runner-up in his divisional race, but he went on to win D2 All States and record the fastest time that day. This fall, Carleo hasn’t skipped a beat and he seems ready for big things come late November. .
The Division 4 boys have the great honor of kicking off all the action on Saturday and the battle between Medfield’s Austin Scola and Marblehead’s Andrew Ernst should make for a great start to the day. The Medfield senior enters the race as the slight favorite over Ernst. So far this season, Scola has run 16:10 at Franklin Park, dropped a 15:40 for 3rd overall at the Twilight Meet, and won the Tri Valley League Meet two weeks ago.
In Saturday’s D3 race, Mathew Dynan looks to be the class of the field. The senior from Reading opened his season with a respectable 16:48 at Bay States and, a week later, ran 16:06 to take 10th in a talented field at the Twilight Invitational. Just last week, Dynan ran 16:13 for 2nd at the MSTCA Coaches Invite and seems ready for a big race on Saturday.
On Saturday, the D2 boys race will be a battle between two of Massachusetts’s finest mid-distance runners, PJ Garmon of Billerica and Quinn Cooney of Chelmsford. All season long Garmon has looked to be in excellent form, except two weeks ago when we saw a chink in the armor at the Merrimack Valley Conference meet.
The legendary hot beds of running—Boulder, Flagstaff, and Eugene—and where high profile runners flock to train and live are for the most part in the West. But here, on the other side of the country, Eastern Massachusetts seems to be where these legends emerge and begin their journey to greatness.