Gloucester 26 Swampscott 32 (Boys)
The Gloucester boys cross country team moves to 6-0 on the season with a win over Swampscott clinching the NEC Small title in the process. Gloucester can clinch the title outright with a win at Danvers in its final meet and will finish with no less than a first play tie with Swampscott. In the case of a tie Gloucester will win the tie breaker thanks to Wednesday’s head-to-head win.
Swampscott placed the first two runners but Gloucester took the next four places to earn the win. Jacob Holscher, Everest Crawford, Willie Pierce and Noah Mondello finished in third through sixth place respectively while Winslow Powers, Matt Ciaramitaro and John Laurie finished in eight, ninth and 11th place respectively.
Manchester Essex 25 Georgetown 34 (Boys)
The Hornets improve to 4-1 on the season in their first meet since September 19. Georgetown took the first two spots but Manchester Essex placed the next six finishers to pick up the win. The top six Manchester Essex finishers all finished within four seconds of one another.
Nathan Evans led the way with a third place finish and a time of 18:04, just ahead of teammate Cameron Holley who finished fourth with a time of 18:04. Eric Rajunas (18:07), Spencer Feurebach (18:07), Campbell Fackre (18:08) and Eric Fossa (18:08) were the next four finishers.
Manchester Essex 21 Georgetown 40 (Girls)
The Hornets girls pick up their first win of the season with a strong performance against Georgetown.
Fiona Davis won Wednesday’s race with a time of 20:15 followed by Maura McCormick in second (21:24). Lindsey Duff (21:45), Kendall McCormick (22:50), Julia Whitten (23:38) and Holly Fossa (24:05) finished in fifth through eighth place respectively.
Swampscott 22 Gloucester 36
Gloucester falls to 3-3 with the loss on the road. Kacie Quinn led the way for Gloucester with a second place finish followed by Sophie Black, who finished fourth.
Gina Ciarametaro, Chloe Kenyon and Melanie MacDonald were the next three finishers for Gloucester. Head coach Dave Quinn also credited Sam Oliver for running her best race of the year.
Manchester Essex 6 Hamilton-Wenham 3
The Hornets move to 11-0 on the season on the back of four goals from junior Brittany Smith.
Manchester Essex took a 3-1 lead into the half and scored three more in the second half for the win. Anna Heffernan had a goal and an assist for Manchester Essex, Nicole Bradley had a goal and Megan Jones had an assist.
Maddi Bistrong made four saves in the win.
The young Vikings (2-9) ran into the unbeaten leaders of the CAL Large in now 10-0 Masco and played well according to head coach Mary Ryan.
The Rockport head coach said her team showed improvement in defensive pressure and it was also able to get some quality shots on goal.
Meghan Reilly, Emily Faulds, Heidi Warde and Heather MacArthur all drew the praise of their head coach.
Manchester Essex 155 Rockport 115
The Hornets move to 11-2 with a strong score Wednesday at Essex County Club, Rockport falls to 3-11.
Ben Bichet led all scorers with 36 points with an even par round, Michael Fuca scored 31, Petey Morton 26, Josh Christopher 22, Jake Rich 21 and Cam Tuttle scored 19. Mike Tupper led Rockport with 27 points followed by Jake O’Maley with 25, Caleb Tanson scored 22 and Abby Hood had 19 points.
Swampscott 40 Gloucester 32
The Fishermen played a strong match at Bass Rocks Golf Club Wednesday but fell just shy of a win by five holes.
Curtis Quinn led the way for Gloucester winning his match at the No. 1 spot 7-2 shooting an even par 35, a score that drew the praise of head coach Brian Goulart given Wednesday’s inclement weather, which made the course play very tough.