Riley Gilmore was confident her knowledge of every turn, hill and bump of Franklin Park's 3.1-mile course would make the difference at yesterday's Catholic Memorial Invitational. So when Gilmore made a strong move heading up the infamous 90-foot grind, finally putting daylight between herself and the six-runner pack, the Haverhill harrier knew she would be tough to beat over the final mile and a half.
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WRENTHAM – As a rule, Haverhill’s Riley Gilmore has made a career of taking the pace from gun, but when another harrier is willing to push hard early, she’s perfectly content to sit back before making a decisive move. Yesterday’s Div. 1 Junior/Senior race at the State Coaches Cross Country Invitational played right into the junior’s strength. Dracut’s Karina Shepherd put 50 yards on the pack in the first mile into a chilly breeze. Gilmore let the race come back to her.
The Merrimack Valley Conference has enjoyed terrific success over the last decade and that should continue even while the balance of power may be shifting. Haverhill, which was second and fifth, respectively, at the Eastern Mass. Division 1 meet the last two years, remains strong even while its numbers have declined. Chelmsford continues to contend but Lowell has taken a step up in recent years and Andover, despite the loss of Maggie Mullins, is on the rise and has moved up to the MVC large division.
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Brookline shows their strength at Amherst and Massachusetts teams travel to Rhode Island to sweep the Ocean State Invitational.
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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.