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December 4, 2013

Salem News 2013 Boys Cross Country all-star team


The Salem News

---- — SALEM NEWS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR

MATT MAHONEY

SWAMPSCOTT SENIOR

The Big Blue senior was consistently the top runner not just for his team but in the entire Northeastern Conference all season long. Mahoney won the NEC crown in a blistering time of 15:38, a full 52 seconds faster than his last year’s time when he was third.

He placed third at the Eastern Mass. Division 5 race in 15:39 and was seventh overall at the All-State Division 2 race in 14:50.

“Matt was undefeated all season and performed extremely well at the big meets,” said coach Jeff Bartlett.

The Big Blue captain set a new record at the Swampscott course and was third at the Frank Kelley Invitational. At the McIntyre Twilight Meet he had his best performance of the season, running the sixth fastest 5K time in the state (15:19). Mahoney does it in the classroom as well and is ranked third in his class with a 101.7 average.

“Coach Bartlett has been the biggest influence on my career,” he said. “His training plan and motivation have allowed me to reach my goals and become the runner I am today.”

MICHAEL ALLARA

Hamilton-Wenham Junior

All-star at Eastern Mass. Division 5 Meet placing 11th in 16:39 to help Generals qualify for All-States … 51st at All-State in 15:53 … 11th At CAL Meet 16:42 to help team finish second … 4th in 17:33 in win over Georgetown to clinch CAL Small Championship for 9-2 Generals … Has 4.2 GPA and hopes to keep running in college … Also plays basketball and runs outdoor track … “My Dad was and is a good runner, supporter, and coach. He is always there for me and inspiration in all my athletic pursuits.”

JAMES BAILEY

Danvers Senior

The Falcons No. 1 runner all season … Captain always finished first or second in dual meets … 13th at NEC Meet … 27th at Eastern Mass Division 4 Meet with personal best time of 16:51 on the 5K course … Qualified for All-States and finished 109th … Ranked in top 30 per cent of class and has 91.5 GPA … Also runs winter and spring track.

BENJAMIN BRAZ

Peabody Senior

Captain was 5th at NEC Meet in 16:35 … Northeastern Conference all-star … 13th at Frank Kelley Invitational … Ran 16:21 at Eastern Mass. Division 1 meet to help team finish 4th … All-star (top 35) at All-State Division 1 in 15:23 for 34th on 2.88 mile course … GPA is 3.3 and ranked 157 out of 473 in class … Plans to attend college… Says coach Joe Rocha (who is also his uncle) is biggest influence on his career

DANIEL COSGROVE

Masconomet Sophomore

CAL All-League with 6th place 5K finish in 16:33 at league championship to help Chieftains win meet … No. 2 runner for team all season … Ran 16:45 at Eastern Mass. Division 2 for 3rd fastest time by a sophomore in D2 … Class president … “Biggest influences have been my parents, who ran with me all summer, and my sister (Kim). They have encouraged and supported me since day one”

LIAM DOW

St. John’s Prep Senior

Eagles captain plans to run at Lehigh University … Has 4.4 GPA (weighted on 4.0 scale) … West Newbury resident ran 5th fastest time in school history at Bradley Palmer … Won Catholic Conference championship at Franklin Park 5K in 16:28 … Second straight year conference champ … League MVP, CC all-star … 28th at Eastern Mass. Division 1 … 12th at Manhattan College Invitational (13:31 to help Prep win) … Biggest influence is teammate Tim Loehner, who has been running with him for four years, for pushing him daily.

A.J. ERNST

Marblehead Sophomore

3rd at NEC Meet in 16:33 … League all-star … 8th at Eastern Mass. Division 4 championship in best 5K of season with 16:10 time … 16th at Division 2 All-State in 15:10 … Has 3.9 GPA and plans to continue running in college … Says coach Brian Heenan has pushed him to do better every week.

KYLE FADDIS

Masconomet Freshman

Best individual performance came at Cape Ann League championship, finishing 8th in 16:37 for all-league honors … His time on Bradley Palmer course second fastest in Masco history, and third best runner for team to help win first title in 11 years … Ran 17:07 5K at Eastern Mass. Division 2 race.

DREW FOSSA

Peabody Senior

No. 1 runner for Tanners … 2nd at NEC Meet in 16:08 … League all-star … 2nd at Frank Kelley Invitational in 15:54 … Best performance was 6th at Eastern Mass. Division 1 in 15:53 … 17th at All-State Division 1 in 15:05 on 2.88 mile course … Has 3.39 GPA and ranked 121st out of 473 in class … Plans to go to college.

MATT GILLIS

Hamilton-Wenham Senior

Three season track athlete was CAL Runner of the Year … Captain was All-League with 3rd at CAL Meet in 16:11 … No. 1 runner for Generals all season … Ran 15:55 at Eastern Mass. Division 5 to place 4th for all-star honors … 15:27 at All-State Division 2 to place 22nd … In top 10 percent of class with 4.11 GPA on 4.5 weighted scale

HARRISON KENT

Masconomet Senior

Captain was second at CAL meet 5K in personal best 15:58 for all-league honors … Ran 15:56 5K at Eastern Mass. Division 2 Meet for 7th and all-star honors … 9th at Frank Kelley Invitational … 28th at All-State in 15:17 … 10 wins in regular season … Has fastest time at Bradley Palmer in Masco history … Has 4.3 GPA on 5.3 scale and is 83rd in class of 345 … Plans to run at Division 1 college and study neuroscience

TIM LOEHNER

St. John’s Prep Senior

Captain from Danvers was Eagles’ top finisher with 11th (13:29), helping team win Manhattan Invitational for first time in over 20 years … Led team with 5th at Catholic Memorial Invitational, 8th at Ocean State Invitational (16:22) … Catholic Conference all-star, 3rd at conference meet … Personal best 5K of 16:14 … Has 3.91 GPA … Says fellow captain Liam Dow is like a brother to him.

MICHAEL RIDDLE

Ipswich Senior

Three season track athlete named Tigers MVP … Captain ran 16:28 5K, third fastest in school history … 5th at CAL Meet in 16:29 … 11th at Eastern Mass. Division 6 Meet in 16:58 … Qualified for All-State … Only one loss in CAL Small Division … Carries 3.75 GPA and plans to run in college.

MARCELO ROCHA

Peabody Freshman

15th at Eastern Mass. Division 1 race in 16:15 to help Tanners qualify for All-State … 31st in Division 1 All-State race in 15:20 … Freshman champion at Frank Kelley Invitational with new course record (9:44) … NEC all-star after 6th place finish at league meet (16:38) … Has 3.9 GPA … Progressed even faster than expected … “The biggest influence is my older sister Catarina because she always encouraged me to do things I enjoy and taught me her tips on running.”

CHRISTOPHER RODTS

Marblehead Senior

Ran second fastest time by Magician boy on home course … NEC all-star the last three years … Best performance was breaking 16:45 at NEC championship at Bradley Palmer to finish 7th in 16:42 … 23rd at Eastern Mass. Division 4 … 28th at All-State Division 2 in 15:34 … No. 1 runner for MH all season to help team go undefeated … 4.2 GPA in top 10 per cent of class … Plans to go to a large university to study engineering and run cross country … “My coach Brian Heenan has been like a father figure, pushing me to achievements I never could have imagined.”

CAMPBELL WOOD

Beverly Junior

The Panthers’ top runner finished 8th at the Northeastern Conference championship at Bradley Palmer with a time of 16:44 ... Qualified for the All-State meet by finishing 22nd at the D2 Eastern Mass. meet with a time of 16:28 ... Finished the season on a strong note by running 15:30 and coming in 48th in the D1 All-State meet ... Helped Beverly go 4-1 in the NEC North, losing only to champion Peabody ... Plans to run the mile and 2-mile in indoor track this winter.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

BEVERLY: Brian McPherson, Fr.; Anthony Morrissey, Jr.; Michael Scott, Sr.

BISHOP FENWICK: Eric Loehle, Sr.; Matt Loehle, Soph.

DANVERS: Kevin Hebert, Jr.; Ryan Heber, Sr.

ESSEX TECH: Philip Simonton, Sr.; Mike Tilton, Jr.; Douglas Wilson, Sr.; Brandon Hurley, Sr.

HAMILTON-WENHAM: John Blatchford, Jr.; Dan Allara, Fr.; Charles Cring, Soph.; Jack Gourdeau, Soph.

MARBLEHEAD: Conrad Rousseau, Sr.; Adam Linsky, Soph.; Jared Kokinos, Soph.; Nick Carr, Sr.

MASCONOMET: Kevin Martin, Sr.; Baxter Demers, Soph.

PEABODY: Alex Greco, Jr.; Riley Dowd, Sr; Rich Fournier, Sr.

PINGREE: Evan Maravelis, Soph.; Kyle Skelton, Sr.; Adam Gerber, Sr.

ST. JOHN’S PREP: Luke Bugler, Soph.; Colin Monahan, Sr.

SALEM: Anand Patel, Jr.

SWAMPSCOTT: Bennett Smith, Jr.; Robert McLaughlin, Jr.