The Gloucester boys cross country team finished their Saturday in the Northeastern Conference Championship meet, which includes all 11 NEC teams racing against each other, at Bradley Palmer State Park.
Peabody finished first on the boys side with 32 points followed by Marblehead with 55 and Gloucester at 100.
Junior co-captain Everest Crawford finished in fourth place, just one second out of third place Saturday with a time of 16:34 in head coach Dave Dunsky called “a mountainous performance.” Matthew Mahoney of Swampscott won the race with a time of 15:38.
“Everest has resumed quality training after being sidelined for various parts of the season,” Dunsky said. “Wait until you see him run the 1,000M this upcoming indoor track season. He will be one of the best at that distance in all of Massachusetts.”
Juniors Willy Pierce and Matt Ciaramitaro finished in 14th and 30th place respectively while sophomore Dylan Genovese (21st), a first year runner, freshman Kyle Manley (31), and senior Wyatt Ronan (36) all turned in quality performances in what Dunsky called “a very satisfying third place finish.”
“Peabody finally has a team that can contend for the Division 1 All State title,” Dunsky said. “While Marblehead, this year’s small school champ, may have its best team ever.”
Senior Evan Mazzeo and sophomore Noah Ashe led Gloucester in the jv race placing in 78th and 84 place respectively.
The Fishermen now turn their attention to the Eastern Mass Division 4 Race on November 9 in Wrentham. Dunsky is hoping for a single digit finish and two individual qualifiers for November 16th Division 2 All State Meet.
The Gloucester girls also competed Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park finishing sixth in the nine team field with 164 points.
Sabrina Marnoto was Gloucester’s top finisher coming in 19th place. Kacie Quinn (30th), Corinne DeLouise(37th), Chloe Kenyon (38th), Melanie MacDonald (40th) and Kelly Hurd (46th) also picked up points for Gloucester.
Peabody also took home the girls race with 43 points, Beverly finished in second with 49 while Marblehead was the top NEC Small finisher coming in third with 51 points. Catalina Dominick of Danvers won the race with a time of 18:20.
In Cape Ann League Championship Meet, which took the afternoon slot at Bradley Palmer State Park on Saturday, directly following the Northeastern Conference meet, Manchester Essex had great performances from both the boys and girls as the girls finished second overall with 77 points and the boys finished in third with 65 points.
Hamilton-Wenham ran away with the girls meet with 37 points placing four runners in the top 10.
Manchester Essex junior Olivia Lantz took home first place in the girls race in her first year competing for the cross country team with a time of 18:15. The defending Division 4 indoor mile state champion bested her top competitor, Nicole Roberts of North Reading, by 20 seconds.
Fiona Davis and Eve Feuerbach also turned in impressive performances for the Hornets on Saturday finishing in 10th and 14th place respectively. Holly Fossa (24th), Maura McCormick (28th), Niamh Dalton (36th) and Kendall McCormick (43rd) also turned in points for Manchester Essex.
The Manchester Essex boys came away with a third place finish in a crowded CAL boys race with 65 points, 14 points behind victor Masconomet (51) but just two points behind runner-up Hamilton-Wenham (63). Newburyport was right behind Manchester Essex in fourth with 73 points.
Freshman Spencer Feuerbach was the leader for the Hornets on Saturday with an outstanding fourth place finish and a time of 16:28. Jack Carleo of Newburyport won the race with a time of 15:32.
Caeron Holley, Nathan Evans and Patrick Guinee were also outstanding for Manchester Essex all turning in top 15 finishes coming in 10th, 12th and 13th respectively. Charlie Davis (26th), Parker Malarkey (43rd) and Campbell Fackre (46th) also scored points for the Hornets.
Both the Hornets boys and girls now turn their attention to the Eastern Mass. Division 6 State Meet on November 9. Both teams look to be legitimate contenders to take home a first place finish.