A plethora of PRs were set at Saturday's meets!
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A look at the All-Time Lists ahead of Saturday's action.
In its history, eight have gone under 18 minutes at the Barnstable Fairgrounds this weekend.
Watch Bishop Feehan's Anthony Delasanta finally achieve his top goal of breaking 35 seconds in the 300 with his victory at the Division 3 Championships to help lead his team to victory as well.
Entering its 20th year, the 2015 Amherst Invitational is shaping up to be one of the finer editions in recent history. Taking place on the rolling grass fields of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, this meet has always served as a telling early season test for New England runners.
Bishop Feehan's girls dedicated the meet to former coach Dom Curano who passed away last year and came away with a win over Hingham with 58 points. The Harbormen put up 48 points for second. The Shamrocks had big wins in the 4x50 dash (24.74) and sprint medley (4:13.77)."It really meant a lot," said Bishop Feehan head coach Paul Powell. "It's been a long time since we won this thing. About halfway through I figured it would come down to us and Hingham."
The Bishop Feehan girls squad turned the tables on Hingham as both teams swapped places from 2013. The Bishop Feehan boys were runner up to the Champions from Amherst-Pelham regional High School.
Saturday at the MIAA All State Finals was different. Saturday it was a little more difficult.The end result of the Division I girls’ race on the hilly terrain of the Gardner Municipal Golf Course was a triumphant one for a young and talented sophomore from Lowell High named Kaley Richards.But the most surprising storyline was the runner that never made it to the finish line. Feehan’s Abbie McNulty, the clear-cut favorite to snare the individual crown, was at her customary front-runner position before collapsing around the two-mile mark, apparently due to a lightning-fast pace that her legs simply couldn’t handle anymore. After about five minutes lying on the ground where she was catered to immediately, the senior was transported to an ambulance near the Shamrocks’ team area to receive further medical attention.
“She has been a beautiful athlete to watch grow up over the years,” L’Homme said. “Since her freshman year, she has been a model of consistency. She has just improved every single year. Her leadership on the team is outstanding and that has grown also. She has really matured as an athlete and as a person. It’s been awesome.”
The checklist is almost complete for Abbie McNulty. One more victory to finish off an unbeaten and dominating cross-country season against her Massachusetts’ rivals. That appears inevitable for the slender runner at next week’s MIAA All State Finals. McNulty’s latest conquest occurred Saturday morning on 3.1 miles of real estate at the Wrentham Developmental Center where the Bishop Feehan senior ruled the competition once again with a winning time of 17 minutes, 39 seconds at the Eastern Mass. Division 3 Championship. She was 200-meters ahead of Dracut senior Karina Shepherd, who took runner-up honors in 18:16.4.
It was a chilly day at the Wrentham Developmental Center, but that didn't slow down the best cross country runners in Eastern Mass. We had some fantastic team battles, record times, some new champions, and even a few repeat winners. The best day of the year has come to an end and we will have several articles, photo's, video's, and interviews rolling out by tomorrow. Here's some quick highlights from todays action.
Some may look at Pembroke's request to move up to the Div. 1 varisty boys' race at Saturday's Twilight Cross Country Invitational as somewhat cocky - an upward move by team so good that Div. 2 competition just doesn't offer a challenge. The reality, though, is that Greg Zopatti's crew simply wanted to test itself against teams it may never have the chance to compete against other. To absolutely no one's surprise, the Titans were more than up to the task as they tore through the competition and took the team title, courtesy of four runners in the top 25.
When you have Abbie McNulty race on an extremely fast course, with an electric nighttime atmosphere, you will produce one of the fastest times in the country. That's what happened last night at the Barnstable Fairground. McNulty has left no doubt that she has taken her game to even a higher level, and she is primed and ready for November. Her time of 17:08 was over a minute faster than Sydney Clary (18:13) of Lincoln Sudbury to win the Girls Division 1 Race. Emily Bryson of North Quincy (18:20), Stella Worters of Shepard Hill (18:21), and Lincoln Sudbury's Morgane Butler (18:22) rounded out the top five. The Bishop Feehan Shamrock's ran away with the team title with 77 points over Lincoln Sudbury.
As the first race of Saturday’s Frank Kelley Invitational starts in Wrentham, cross-country teams from all over Massachusetts will get a chance to see how their runners compete in the first major meet of the season. But for the Bishop Feehan girls, the Division 2 state champions the past four years, it also means discovering where they stand in an entirely different division.
Bishop Feehan girls proved why they are #1 in the pre-season poll as they scored a low 29 points, 36 points higher than second place finisher Notre Dame Academy of Hingham. Feehan's Abbie McNulty is ready to take it up a notch her senior season, as she smashed the course record by winning by 90 seconds over last years champion Stella Worters of Shepherd Hill. Brynna Harum of Feehan finished 3rd place with a time of 19:17.
The matchup had been anticipated by many since November. Abby McNulty of Bishop Feehan and Milton’s Julie McConville, widely regarded as the top two distance runners in the state other than Peabody’s Catarina Rocha, finally banged heads, not once, but twice, at last night’s Division 3 championships at the Reggie Lewis Center.
The Buffalo Bills made 4 straight Super Bowls in the 1990's, meaning, to even the casual NFL observer, that they won four straight AFC titles. But, when quarterback Jim Kelly or coach Marv Levy are asked about those years, the AFC titles are never mentioned, giving way to talk of what never happened, a Super Bowl victory. Now, Phil Maia and Scott Ouellet, the MA #1 Lowell Red Raiders coaching tandem that took the runner up trophy the past two years, as well as a 4th place in 2009 with a team good enough to win, have avoided the fate of those Bills. They will forever remember the first All State title, one that everyone seemed to know was coming, but Ouellet and Maia knew better than to take for granted.
NORTHFIELD — Bishop Feehan coach Bob L’Homme reached over the temporary orange plastic fencing to congratulate his girls. He told them he thought they won the team title in Saturday’s MIAA state championship. “A reporter wouldn’t be walking toward us if she didn’t have good news,” he said while gathered with runners and parents. Led by junior Abbey McNulty’s victory in 18 minutes and 20.72 seconds, Bishop Feehan won its fourth consecutive state title in Division 2. Next year the school will move to Division 1. “I thought this was going to be a bit of a rebuilding year because it’s all underclassmen, there’s only one senior,” L’Homme said. “As the year built up, they really showed some signs of improvement and they really came together. It was just awesome.”
Abbey McNulty and Bedford’s Erin Dietz went back and forth in the lead in the Div. 2 race after the Bishop Feehan star surged away from the cluster of runners at the top of the hill. A 5:10 miler, McNulty doesn’t have a blazing kick, but she can finish hard and that’s just what she did in pulling away for the win in 18:20.72. The rookie Dietz was second in 18:31.65 and Kerri Keohane of Tyngsboro took third in 19:56.03. Third a year ago as a sophomore, McNulty will be looking to defend her title next fall in Gardner when the state meet shifts to Central Mass. McNulty was finally able to break Dietz with 800 meters remaining and never let up until she crossed the finish line. “I went out in the lead pack and when I got to the top of the hill I knew I had to push,” said McNulty. “She was with me the whole way. It was back and forth. I was pushing myself the whole way. That’s the whole point of racing. You know that you fought your hardest. “I poured it on in the last straightaway. I couldn’t go any faster.”
For the next few weeks Milesplitmass will start running the Athlete of the Week on Mondays, and will include four total winners. This mornings winners are from the League Championship performances, and later this evening we will include this past weekend athletes.
The Northfield Mountain course in Western Massachusetts has always been an intimidating track and its now legendary lore has athletes itching to get a personal feel of the hellacious incline.The bring-the-runners-to-their-knees nature of the mountain has also caused coaches to pause and reflect on its ruthlessness. Plymouth North coach John Laverty once said the opening incline reaches into the heavens and athletes could touch God at the top. Long-time Notre Dame of Hingham coach Rick Kates doesn’t see the layout quite as majestic, deeming it Satan’s Playground. How it’s viewed, and by who, really doesn’t matter in the big picture of a cross country season. What’s important is that the mountain is the site of this year’s state championships and Saturday’s Bay State Invitational was a prime opportunity for harriers to get an up-close-and-personal view of the challenging layout.
Every three years, when the All State Meet heads West to Northfield, the MSTCA puts on an invite there to get runners accustomed to the steep climb of the early portion of the race. Some simply put their head down and find a way through the hills, while others would prefer hiring a Sherpa, viewing the steep ascent as more of a death march than a cross country race.
It was a very big weekend for the Bay State harriers, as Coach "Z" recaps all the action in the Weekly Z-Cap.
Hingham’s Julie McConville found the limelight to her liking at Saturday night’s enormously popular MSTCA Twilight Cross Country Invitational. McConville shook Bishop Feehan’s Abbey McNulty by the mile mark in the small school division and it was a clear route to the finish over the fast, 3.1-mile Barnstable Fairgrounds layout. Her blazing 17:30.6 finish put her well ahead of Tyngsboro runner-up Kerri Keohane (18:06.03) and Renee Caps of Narragansett (18:18.04). McNulty finished fourth in 18:22.11 and Hopkinton’s Shelby Aarden rounded out a solid top five with an 18:34.13. The races were held under the lights on the fairground layout and attracted more than 2,700 harriers from Massachusetts
Milesplitmass took a trip down route 95 Monday to Attleboro, the home of the defending All State Champion Bishop Feehan High School. As teams prepare for this weekend’s popular Twilight Invitational, the Shamrock's decided to turn on the lights at their recently renovated track and field facility for a special evening workout for the Milesplitmass camera crew. With four groups running simultaneously the crew had to stay on their toes to capture the Bishop Feehan squad in action, it was "organized chaos" at its finest.
In what is almost certainly the biggest weekend of results so far this fall, three meets dominated the XC scene on Saturday. For those looking South, Bishop Feehan's boys and girls squads took to Cary, NC for the Great American XC Festival. A little less South, Rhode Island hosted the Ocean State XC Invitational. Those looking to stay closer to home, Wrentham was the site of the Frank Kelly Invitational. A word about Frank Kelly, the patriarch of the MSTCA meet at Wrentham today. Coaches know Frank as the wise-cracking gentleman who hands out the packets and pins at the table at many Mass. XC meets. If you're lucky, he might challenge you to an arm wrestling match, as he did John Monz today. If you're unlucky, you might take him up on it. Frank is a true gentleman of the sport, loves the kids involved, and has been involved in it since anyone can remember. Kudos to the MSTCA for giving Frank his due and naming this meet after him. Even more kudos to whoever designed the program, complete with a silhouette of Frank with his patented safari hat and walking stick. What a legend!
On paper, and heck, in reality, the two best teams in the entire state reside right here in this division. Pembroke and Bishop Feehan each return squads that boast a sub-16:30 five-man average…. No other team in Mass. brings back a team under 17:00. However, one of these two teams, just as in 2011, can’t win its own division. Perhaps, as in 2011, they will split the trophies. Then, Pembroke narrowly escaped EMass with a 49-54 decision, only to watch in horror as the Shamrocks swept the leg at All States, 59-61. Coach Greg Zopatti of Pembroke and Coach Bob L’Homme of Feehan have had this back-and-forth going for a few years now, and this one will be no different. You have to feel for Steve Infascelli and his Sandwich squad, a team good enough to win many meets, and historically many class meets, who looks a distant 3rd on paper against these two Regional-powerhouses. There are other really good teams in this division, Hingham comes to mind, that just don’t seem close to those top two.
Kris Horn went through his practice jumps in the long and triple jumps on Friday, taking particular not exactly where his marks were for both events. Satisfied that he had narrowed them down to within inches of his steps, the Pembroke talent went home and prayed for a hot, sticky Saturday on his home track. Horn’s prayers were answered and he took full advantage. The versatile Titan broke the Div. 3 meet record in the long jump with a leap of 23 feet, 11-¼ inches and took the triple jump with a 46-0 effort, defeating Saugus’ terrific jumper, Olisa Obiefuna, in the process.
Every event in a state championship provides excitement and drama, but this year the relays may decide the team title. But don't expect to see the same line-ups from last week. Some additional fresh legs --courtesy of athletes that did not qualify in an individual event-- may help the common man become the hero. We watched it happen on Sunday at the Division 1 Championships, and those same teams remain in the hunt this week.
What happens when you combine a cross country team with a future decathlete during an indoor championship? You get a division title. Pembroke took the versatility of Kris HornKri and combined it with the foot speed of their middle distance stable to rack-up big points. Horn finished third in the 55m hurdles, second in the long jump, and ran 50.4 anchor leg to help win the 4x400m. The Hingham girls walked away with the team title and most of their damage was done on the track. The difference maker for Hingham was the relays, where they won the 4x200m, finished second in the 4x400m, and fifth in the 4x800m.
John Keklak was on-site at the MSTCA Elite Invitational and captured hundreds of photos from each event. Click on the title above the picture to view the entire album. You can view all of John's work at http://johnkeklak.smugmug.com.
The Dartmouth Relays is traditionally the first major invitational with regional implications. Teams from all six New England states are slated to participate, in addition to teams from New York and Canada. MileSplit will follow all the action from the two day event, updating this page with the most recent performances.
The MSTCA Winter Festival signaled the start of major invitational action in Massachusetts, and several prominent athletes from last year picked up right where they left off. It was an impressive first day at the Reggie Lewis Center as the Small School athletes were on center stage Saturday.
Jonathan Green had every reason to be happy after reeling off a sterling time of 15 minutes, 41 seconds in the Division 1 race to outlast always-tough Joel Hubbard of Marshfield (15:42) and Wachusett’s Colin Bennie (15:46). The race proved to be the deepest off the day as eight runners dipped under 16 minutes on what is slowly becoming the legendary 3.1-mile Franklin Park layout. Pembroke’s Wesley Gallagher had plenty of challengers on his way to defending his Div. 2 title with a scintillating 15:43. Wakefield’s star harrier Stephen Robertson was the final runner to take on Gallagher and finished second in 15:44. In the team battles, Brookline (110 points) defeated Lowell (147) and Oliver Ames (177) to successfully defend its title from a year ago. After capturing its third consecutive girls title, Bishop Feehan went to work in the boys Div. 2 race against defending champion Pembroke. Only 21 seconds separated the first five Shamrock runners as they edged out the Titans for the title.
Katie Powell and Abbey McNulty finished second and third, respectively, leading Bishop Feehan to its third Division 2 state title in a row. The Shamrocks finished with 65 points to Hamilton-Wenham’s79. Abby Baker led the Whitman-Hanson girls to the Division 1 team title with her 19:27 for 15th overall. The Panther's top five couldn't have run much better as they finished within 20 seconds of each other. Jordan O'Dea and Catarina Rocha ran from the field in their respective divisions to post impressive individual wins.
The State Meet is here and the MSTCA has released their weekly poll. Did your team make the list?
The pressure was on the Weymouth girls in Saturday’s Div. 1 EMass Championship race, but Mike Millers’ Wildcats were primed and ready to turn away their competition over the 3.1-mile Franklin Park course.
Peabody’s Nick Christansen crossed the finish line after turning aside the Div. 1 EMass field and hardly broke stride as he raced through the chute and out the back. The Tanner standout had good reason to be excited. His time of 15 minutes, 46 seconds was a personal best on the 3.1-mile Franklin Park course and Christansen accomplished what he had set as a goal during the summer months.
Henry Lodge was a bit shocked when he looked around and realized he was surrounded by Brookline runners. Heading into the final loop of last night’s inaugural McIntyre Twilight Cross Country Invitational in Falmouth, the Bishop Feehan junior was wondering if his Shamrock teammates were close behind. Shortly... (via Boston Herald)
Bishop Feehan and Brookline were locked in a heavyweight fight at the MSTCA Twilight, while St. John's rolled to a relatively easy victory at Wachusett.
There is something about racing at night that causes athletes to lose their feel for pace and forces them to run an abnormally fast first mile. This scenario will force athletes out of their comfort zone early in the race, and will once again separate those pack running squads that thrive on their ability to work together. The team that maintain their composure in the first mile, and practice patience until the half-way point, will most likely prevail.
Check for the latest scores and highlights each week as we gather information from around the state.
Whitman-Hanson makes a statement by going 1-2-3 in the Division 2 Varsity Girls race at the Bay State Invitational.
41 of the 80 state ranked teams are scheduled to compete at the Bay State Invitational.
Bishop Feehan High cross country coach Bob L'Homme isn't one to exaggerate, so when he compared Saturday's performance at the Ocean State Invitational to when the boys' and girls' track teams won state titles, you knew it had to be big. (via www.thesunchronicle.com)
Brookline shows their strength at Amherst and Massachusetts teams travel to Rhode Island to sweep the Ocean State Invitational.
The first weekend of traditional format invitationals is upon us, and the state's best programs are scattered across four states as they search for ideal conditions to foster their development.
Each week MileSplitMass will look at the top 20 teams from each of the two state divisions.
The Martha's Vineyard Invitational kicked-off the weekend of racing with Bishop Feehan, Notre Dame Academy, Barnstable, and a host of others headed to the island for an early season test.
Many of the athletes we will see this season did not even race on the varsity level last year, and the coaches that demonstrate the patience to employ a long-term plan will most likely hoist a championship trophy in November. (Photo by Henry Finch)
Some of the smallest schools in Massachusetts are defying the odds and creating tremendous depth.
Multi event athletes rule the class of 2012. (Photo by John Keklak)
Massachusetts distance strength was on display in the 5,000m and Nicole Genard set a new meet record in the javelin. (Photo by Maroon News).
Several nationally ranked athletes finally meet for one last shot at bragging rights.
Many events are wide-open as the seniors take one last shot at glory.
Becky Stoyle of Pembroke set a new meet record in the triple jump, but it was not enough to overcome Bishop Feehan for the team title.
Bendan Sullivan sets a new state PV record at 15'7" and several new state leaders emerge.
Relay season has begun, and team depth will be on display at the 2011 MSTCA Spring Relays.
Several meet records are in jeopardy as we watch some very impressive athletes try to win multiple events.
Newton North, Bishop Feehan, and Randolph all win close battles.
Photo by Tim Fulton
WAPPINGERS FALLS – The stories were so alike it was eerie. Uncertainty. Doubt. Underestimation. They both listened to the scores read backwards during the awards ceremony and for an instance, when the announcer called the second place team, they thought that maybe they had blown it. Then they won. Relief. Excitement.
Photo courtesy John Olson, SCRUNNERS