Championships were the theme at the Eastern Mass. Cross Country Championships held in Wrentham on Saturday, with the Marblehead girls winning their first team title and Hamilton-Wenham’s ladies winning their 8th in the last 9 years in Division 5.
Danvers’ Catalina Dominick won the Eastern Mass. title in Division 4 by clearing the 5K course in 17:56. It was the second best time run by any girl across all divisions, and Dominick was one of only two girls to run under 18-minutes all day.
“She’s been training really hard and she’s starting to show what she can do,” said Danvers coach John Norris. “She knew it wasn’t going to be easy, there were a lot of good runners. She executed the strategy to the letter. She broke away about a mile and a quarter in and nobody could stay with her.”
Marblehead’s senior Janaya Randall was the runner-up, and helped her team win its first team state championship. Randall ran 18:33 and followed closely by senior teammate Lily Roberts, who was fifth in 18:56.
“The girls were awesome. They ran great races and everyone had their best times,” said Marblehead coach Jen Rodier. “Lily always exceeds my expectations and her placing really helped us.”
The Magicians finished with 57 teams points, well ahead of Wakefield’s 107 for the D4 title. Sophomore Sarah Oliver was 12th in 19:50, senior Paige Ferrucci 18th in 20:16 and junior Anna Barrell 21st in 20:27 to round out point-getters for Marblehead.
“Sarah was determined to do well and show how hard she’s been working. To see all of our top three get medals was great,” said Rodier. “They’ve been working for this for a long time and I can’t wait to see how they do next weekend.”
In Division 5, H-W had an unprecedented six Eastern Mass. all-stars as six Generals finished in the top 12. Hamilton-Wenham came close to breaking their own record for the lowest team score ever by finishing with 30 points.