, Gloucester, MA

November 12, 2012

Cross Country: ME boys, Mondello, Davis get to All State

By Nick Curcuru Sports Editor
Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Cape Ann will be well represented at this weekend’s All State Cross Country Meet at Northfield Mountain. After Saturday’s Divisional State Meets in Wrentham, the Manchester Essex boys team, Gloucester’s Noah Mondello and Fiona Davis of Manchester Essex have all qualified for the All State.

The All State Meet will be run this coming Saturday at Northfield Mountain.

In order to qualify for the All State meet a team must finish in the top four of its Division or an individual must have one of the top 10 times from a non-qualifying team.

The Manchester Essex boys, Cape Ann League Small champions in the regular season, came away with a fourth place finish in Division 6 with 208 points. Seekonk ran away with the win with 66 points followed by Dover-Sherborn and Ipswich with 133 and 187 points respectively.

Spencer Feuerbach was the Hornets top finisher Saturday with a 24th place finish and a time of 17:55. Cam Holley was right behind him in 26th with a time of 17:58. Nathan Evans, Parker Malarky, Eric Rajunas, Eric Fossa and Charlie Davis round out the top seven finishers for Manchester Essex.

The Gloucester boys, fresh off the heels of a 7-0 regular season, a Northeastern Conference Small title and a second place finish at the NEC Championship meet, finished just shy of a berth in the All State with a sixth place finish and 174 points in a close Division 3 field.

Tewksbury won Division 3 with 114 points, edging Wellesley, who also had 114 points, in a tie-breaker. Whitman-Hanson (153 points) and Arlington (156 points) qualified for the All State leaving Oliver Ames (160 points) and Gloucester just shy.

The Fishermen, however, will have an individual competing this weekend as senior Noah Mondello qualified with a seventh place finish in Division 3 with a time of 16:41.

Everest Crawford (29th place), Jacob Holscher (30th place), and Willie Pierce (45th place) all placed in the top 50 while Matt Ciaramitaro, Winslow Powers and Ian Richards also scored points for the Fishermen.

“We are a little disappointed but we had a surprisingly good season winning the small, beating Marblehead and Swampscott and almost pulling off a big upset in the league meet (finishing two points behind Peabody),” Gloucester coach Dave Dunsky said. “This is the second year in a row Noah has qualified and in 2010 we qualified as a team. He’s made some nice contributions in four years.”

Manchester Essex junior Fiona Davis placed fifth overall in Division 6 with a time of 19:34 to qualify for the All State meet for the second straight year, but the Hornets girls finished in seventh place, three spots shy of a spot.

Holly Fossa and Lindsey Duff also fared well for Manchester Essex placing in the top 50.

The Gloucester girls finished 17th in Division 3 with junior Kacie Quinn leading the way.