By Nick Curcuru Sports Editor
Gloucester Daily Times
---- — The Northeastern Conference Small champion Gloucester boys cross country team placed three runners in the top 10, and five in the top 25 en route to a second place finish at the Northeastern Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park.
Gloucester’s 60 points on Saturday were just shy of the top spot in the conference as Peabody took first place with 58 points (low score wins). Marblehead (67 points), Swampscott (94 points), and Beverly (135 points) round out the top five.
Senior Noah Mondello was Gloucester’s top finisher with a time of 16:27, good for fifth place overall. Shortly behind Noah Mondello was Everest Crawford, who finished in seventh with a time of 16:51, and Jacob Holscher, who also placed inside the top 10 in ninth with a time of 16:55.
Willie Pierce (17th, 17:24), Matt Ciaramitaro (22nd, 17:51), Ian Richards (34th, 18:35) and Winslow Powers (37th, 18:39) round out Gloucester’s top seven finishers.
The strong performance on Saturday comes off the heels of a perfect 7-0 regular season for Gloucester, a season that earned it a NEC Small title.
The Gloucester girls also had a productive day at Bradley Palmer Park Saturday finishing sixth overall with 161 points.
Kacie Quinn was the top finisher for Gloucester with a personal record time of 21:28, good for 19th place. Quinn was followed by senior captain Sophie Black who finished in the top 25 with a time of 22:18, another personal record. Gina Ciarametaro (23:51), Chloe Kenyon (23:54) and Corinne DeLouise round out the top five finishers for Gloucester.
The Manchester Essex boys once again proved to be the best in the CAL Small as its fifth place finish and 149 points were tops amongst all CAL Small teams at Saturday’s Cape Ann League Championship Cross Country Meet at Bradley Palmer State Park. Leading the way for the CAL Small champs, who finished the regular season with a 6-4 record, was Spencer Feuerbach finishing 16th overall with a time of 17:15.
Cameron Holley was not too far behind Feuerback with a time of 17:30, good for 22nd place. Nathan Evans (18:02), Parker Malarkey (18:14) and Eric Fossa were the next three Hornets finishers.
Junior Fiona Davis finished seventh overall with a time of 19:36 to help lead the Manchester Essex girls to an eighth place finish Saturday. Following Davis was Maura McCormick (21:33), Lindsey Duff (21:41), Holly Fossa (21:59) and Kendall McCormick (23:09).