Boys Cross Country

Champion Sachems devour competition

WRENTHAM — Next week, the Capital Grille! 
Coach Darrel Cox and the Pentucket boys cross country team had the time of their lives at Fuddruckers in Reading, celebrating another championship.
This was big ... the Eastern Mass. Division 5 title.
"If we win (Division 2) All-States, we'll go to some place real nice," said Cox.
The boys deserve wherever they want to go after what Cox called "the highlight of my career, absolutely."
Cox is in his 13th year at Pentucket and "about his 23rd year" as a cross country coach overall.
Pentucket outdueled Norwell by a wafer-thin 3-point margin (83-86) with Cape Ann League rival Triton in third (114 points).
Norwell went 1-2 over the 3.1-mile Wrentham Development Center course. But after the big 2 of Steven O'Driscoll (16:14.51) and Andrew Corbett (16:19.77), the Clippers couldn't match the Sachems' depth and balance.
The five scorers were: 3. Peter Lopatta 16:22.45, 7. Sam Stys 16:34.70, 12. Nick Murphy 16:51.87, 30. David Gangemi 17:27.40, 31. Colin Costa 17:28.37
Cox (or the Pentucket Boosters) had better be saving up because this group could be eating a lot of celebratory meals in the upcoming years. Lopata, Stys and Gangemi are sophomores and Costa is a freshman. Murphy is a senior but the 31st and 32nd runners in the 165-runner/24-team field were Sachem juniors Will Coppola (17:31.00) and Anthony Accardi (17:31.21).
Eagle-Tribune records reveal the Sachem boys last won an EMass title a quarter century ago. That was the EMass. D4 championship team in 1992. Back then there were only four divisions. 
Cox gave special kudos to Stys and Murphy.
Stys had placed sixth at the Cape Ann League meet (although the CAL is a terrific cross country league) and now took seventh in a major EMass. meet.
"Sam ran the race of his life," said Cox. "The sixth in the league was the second best of his life."
As for Murphy, Cox said, "Nick sacrificed in the early-season races. He was clear-cut No. 1. He'd stay back and run with them (the younger runners) and give them more and more confidence. He's not downtrodden. He's happy for them."
Next week the D2 State Meet is back in Wrentham.
Coach, bring your wallet.
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Boys Cross Country, 11/20/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachems finish 2nd at All-State


Yes, the Pentucket boys cross country team would have loved to place first in Saturday's Division 2 All-State Meet at Wrentham.

But, in perspective, placing second to Parker Charter is certainly somethng to be proud of.

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Boys Cross Country, 11/18/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Wildcats repeat as champs


Whittier's boys wrapped up another unbeaten cross country season by repeating as the Commonwealth Conference Upper Division champions.

The Wildcats finished with 51 points to defeat Chelsea by seven points. Greater Lawrence was third with 70.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachems storm to CAL crown


Pentucket won not only on its first Cape Ann League boys cross country meet title since 2003, but the Sachems did it convincingly Saturday.

The Sachems, who also won the JV meet, placed five runners in the top 11, led by rising sophomore Peter Lopata, who came in third in 16:13 on the 3.05-mile Bradley Palmer course, nine seconds and one place in front of teammate Nick Murphy.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

May takes 8th in MVC

Lowell totally dominated the MVC boys cross country meet, placing five of the top seven on the varsity level and 12 of the top 14 in the JV meet, but Haverhill junior Keith May broke up the Raiders a little bit.
May had his best race of the season and took sixth overall in 16:15 over the 5K course at Tewksbury to top all other local runners. He was two places ahead of Central's Cam Leonard and three ahead of Raider Evan Fagan. James Burger Pothier was third for the Raiders who had a strong day overall to finish second as a team. Methuen, led by Jacob St. Onge (1th( was fifth with North Andoverm lws by Jack Bicksler (17th) was sixth.
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Boys Cross Country, 10/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Astros happy with 2nd


MANCHESTER — A week ago, Pinkerton coach Mike Clark stated his goal for Saturday;s Division 1 meet at Derryfield Park.

"With the ypimng team that I have, I'd be ecstatic if we could finish second in that field," said Clark. "Nobody is going to beat Concord."

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Boys Cross Country, 10/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Reggies by inches

Greater Lawrence cross country's Randy Rodriguez inched out Lawrence High's fifth runner to tie up the race at 28 but because he was the Reggies sixth place runner Greater Lawrence was awarded the win. Lawrence's Alex Barreras was first while Greater Lawrence's Eddie Adams was right behind in second.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/24/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachems win CAL title


Pentucket's boys cross country team wrapped up a perfect 10-0 Cape Ann League regular season title with a 17-39 win over previously unbeaten Triton. Surging sophomore Peter Lopata was first in 17:56 on Triton's brutal 3-mile course, just one second ahead of senior Nick Murphy and sophomore Sam Stys.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/23/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Astros 1st at Catholic Memorial


The Pinkerton boys cross country team has experienced growing pains this fall as it's attempted to do a quick rebuild, but it grew up quickly Saturday at the Catholic Memorial Invitational.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/21/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Wrong-way upset


Lawrence's boys cross country team improved to a surprising 5-5 in a rather surprising way. The Lancers defeated both Central Catholic and Billerica when the top runners for both of the losing teams took a wrong turn and were disqualified. That left Alex Barreras to pace the Lancers to a pair of wins by placing second overall.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/18/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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