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October 28, 2013

Danvers' Dominick, Swampscott's Mahoney win NEC XC crowns


“I was really pushing hard on the hill on that last loop because I knew Drew (Fossa of Peabody, the runner-up) was going to be right there with me,” said Mahoney. “I was hoping to break 15:40, so I’m happy to get in under that. This gives me confidence going into the divisional meets and hopefully all-states.”

A pack of talented girls stayed with Dominick as long as they could, but she ran a calm and even race that paid off.

“I wanted to hang until the top of blueberry hill and see how I felt,” said Dominick. “Since last spring I’ve been pretty good at holding my pace and keeping my splits even, and I ran even mile splits (Saturday). That felt good.”

Marblehead’s Janaya Randall sprinted to the finish to wind up second in 18:53. Then came a rash of runners from Beverly and Peabody that wound up deciding the team portion; Beverly freshman Abby Walsh was third (19:00) and Nicole Demars followed in fourth (19:04).

Tanner captain Samantha Allen was fifth in 19:25, and Lauren Barrett (19:44) and Toni Pagliuca (19:46) came in together at 7-8. Sydney May (10th) and Julia Merchant (13th) gave Peabody five runners in the top 15, and it was enough to edge Beverly’s two top-fives; The Tanners had a team score of 43 to shade Beverly’s 49.

“The girls ran well. I’m very proud of them,” said Peabody coach Joe Rocha. “Sydney and Julia have come along for us all season and they were the keys. The girls had a plan and they executed it, and Sam ran a great race at the front.”

Julianna Wesley placed ninth for Beverly in 19:55. The ability of Walsh and Demars to work together in the lead pack should be a strength for the Panthers heading into the state meets.

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