The Gloucester boys cross country team avoided its first losing season since 1986 with a very competitive 24-33 win (low score wins) over Danvers at Ravenswood Park Tuesday.
The defending Northeastern Conference Small champion Fishermen received solid performances from sophomore Dylan Genovese, senior Wyatt Ronan and rapidly improving freshman addition Kyle Manley in the win.
Those three coupled with Willy Pierce’s first place finish, Everest Crawford’s third place finish, the latter returning after having missed training time due to an infection, and Matt Ciaramitaro’s important contribution despite twisting an ankle in warmups, all finished ahead of Danvers’ fifth man.
“We’re just mediocre at this point but we are essentially young and moving vertically as we approach the Northeastern Conference Championships (on October 26) at Bradley Palmer Park and the Eastern Mass. Division 4 race (on November 9) at Wrentham,” Fishermen head coach Dave Dunsky said. “This was a very good win.”
Dunsky also praised the performances of Jamie King, who dropped 25 seconds off of his Ravenswood Park personal record, Eric Ciluffo, Evan Mazzeo an Noah Ashe.
The Gloucester girls fell to the now 6-1 Falcons by an identical 24-33 score to finish the regular season with an identical 3-3 record.
Sabrina Marnoto led the way for Gloucester with a second place finish and a time of 20:01. Marnoto was followed by Kacie Quinn in fourth (20:23), Corinne DeLouise in seventh (21:16), Melanie MacDonald in eighth (21:31) and Chloe kenyon in 11th (22:09).
Gloucester girls head coach Cary Lipovsky also credited the performances of Kelly Hurd, Emma Knowlton, Gina Ciaramitaro, Hannah Ellis and Julia Horne.
Both Fishermen squads finish off the regular season with a 3-3 record and now turn their attention to the Northeastern Conference Championship Meet on October 26, where all 12 Northeastern Conference programs will meet on the same course.