The Gloucester and Manchester Essex cross country programs had some outstanding performances Saturday at the Frank Kelley Invitational in Wrentham.
The meet was a preview of the All State meet, which will be held later in the season, as it pitted the best runners in the state against each other.
Leading the way for Cape Ann runners was Olivia Lantz from Manchester Essex as the junior won the Division 2 race with a time of 18:38, 35 seconds ahead of the next finisher in the 198 runner field. Lantz was followed by Fiona Davis in 25th (20:57) and Maura McCormick finished 42nd (21:21). The trio led Manchester Essex to a fifth place finish out of 27 girls teams competing.
Juniors Everest Crawford and Willy Pierce fared well for Gloucester as Crawford finished 15th out of 249 runners with a time of 17:01. Pierce came in 20th with a time of 17:10. The Gloucester boys finished 15th out of 32 teams in the meet.
Manchester Essex delivered a strong collective team effort finishing 9th out of 32 teams in Division 2. Spencer Feurebach led the way for the Hornets with a 50th place finish (17:46). Nathan Evans (58th, 17:52) and Patrick Guinee (59th, 17:53) followed.
Manchester Essex 3 Newburyport 1
The Hornets put together a complete effort Saturday at Hyland Field in besting a Cape Ann League Large opponent. More importantly the team moves over .500 at 4-3-1.
After a scoreless first half Manchester Essex scored three unanswered for the win. George Lucas made it 1-0 putting home a pass from Jack Hay and Lucas Firme scored the next two goals with Ollie Hull assisting the first goal. Parker Edington also played well in the Hornets midfield.
Rockport 1 Hamilton-Wenham 1
The Vikings (5-1-1) earned a draw against a tough Generals defense.
Shaun Aspesi scored his eighth goal of the year with 20 minutes to play to tie the score on a pass from Mike McCarthy.
Rockport 2 North Reading 0
Rockport wins its third straight and moves to 5-4 on the year.
After a scoreless first half Heidi Warde scored on a Miranda Roller pass to make it 1-0. Rushy Sweet added an insurance goal with an assist from Heather MacArthur. Jess Collins and Eliza Ottenheimer also played well for the Vikings.
Manchester Essex 4 Triton 0
The Hornets remain unbeaten at 8-0-1 on the year. Brittany Smith scored twice for the Hornets while Taylor Meek and Meghan Conway also scored. Rachael Gallagher had a strong game on the defensive end.