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.