All four Cape Ann cross country teams were in action Saturday at the Massachusetts All State Meet at Franklin Park in Boston, and several local runners and teams turned in strong performances to finish off the season.
The reigning two-time Division 6 champion Manchester Essex boys and girls each turned in a fifth-place finish among the top programs in the state while Gloucester’s Everest Crawford finished in sixth place, earning a medal for the second year in a row.
The Manchester Essex boys racked up 202 points on Saturday, 75 off the pace of champion Hopedale, which beat runner up Newburyport by tiebreaker. Marblehead (132) and Mount Greylock (163) finished third and fourth, respectively.
Leading the way for the Hornets boys, who were their usual rock solid selves placing three runners in the top 50, was senior captain Cameron Holley, who finished off his high school cross country career in style finishing 21st (16:43).
Following Holley on Saturday in the deep Hornets lineup was freshman Patrick Guinee in 38th, Spencer Feuerbach in 46th, Charlie Davis in 87th and Nathan Evans in 109th.
“This years race showed our depth and the consistent way our boys ran with one another throughout the season was key to their success,” head coach AJ Migonis said. “They improved their place from ninth last year to fifth this year.”
On the girls’ side, senior and two-time Division 6 individual champion Olivia Lantz powered the Hornets with a second-place finish (18:43). Bedford’s Erin Dietz won the race (18:19).
Hamilton-Wenham won the Division 2 All State title for the second year in a row with 94 points. Lenox followed with 146 with Dennis-Yarmouth (157), Nauset (157) and the Hornets (174) rounding out the top five.
“The girls stepped up and worked really hard this year and fifth is very impressive,” Migonis said. “We were all very proud that our team was one of the few that saw such great success with both the boys and girls races. The (Franklin Park) course is very challenging and they all handled it well.”
The Gloucester boys could not re-live the magic of the Division 4 meet last week as it finished in 15th place (300 points).
Two Fishermen runners placed in the top 50 with Crawford leading the way in sixth earning a trip to the medal stand (16:10) and Willy Pierce placing 47th.
On the girls’ side, Gloucester had a pair of individuals making their All State debut. Freshman Christina Jones finished 28th and sophomore Carly Curcuru placed 39th.
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