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November 11, 2013

Danvers' Dominick, Marblehead, Hamilton-Wenham girls all champs at EMass XC

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Junior Emily Weigand finished third in 18:45 and sophomore Jeannie Zheng was fourth in 18:49. Senior Emily Horgan was fifth in 18:51, freshman Olivia Horgan was seventh in 18:57, freshman Amanda Burnett was 11th in 19:32 and sophomore Meghan Stone was 12th in 19:37.

“It’s been quite a run and Saturday was spectacular for the entire team,” said H-W coach Steve Sawyer. “To be able to put out performances like that with such a young team is quite an accomplishment. They ran so well and with such confidence.”

In Division 1, the Peabody girls and boys are both headed to All-States. The Tanner gents pushed four runners into the top 20 to finish second behind champion Lowell, and the girls had three in the top 13 to make their third straight trip to All-States.

Senior Drew Fossa led the boys in sixth in 15:54 while freshman Marcelo Rocha had an incredible states debut by finishing 15th in 16:15. Alex Greco and Ben Braz both finished in 16:21 and Riley Dowd ran 16:38.

For the girls, Lauren Barrett ran 19:01 and finished sixth while seniors Samantha Allen (19:09, 11th) and Antonia Pagliuca (13th, 19:53) ran well to help Peabody finish third as a team. Sydney May finished 30th in 19:53 and Annie Pollock was the final scorer in 42nd in 20:20.

The H-W boys had five runners in the top-22 and finished second to CAL rival Newburyport in the team portion of D5. Matt Gillis led the pack with a fourth place time of 15:56. Michael Allara (11th, 16:39), Charles Cring (13th, 16:42), John Blatchford (16th, 16:56) and Daniel Allara (22nd, 17:05) also ran well to get the Generals to next week’s D2 All-State meet.

Also in D5, Swampscott’s Matt Mahoney finished third overall with an outstanding time of 15:39.

The Beverly girls advanced to the All-State meet for the first time since 2007 by finishing fourth in Division 2 girls action. Senior Nicole Demars finished seventh in 19:50 to pace a Panther pack that included freshman Abby Walsh (19:15), Julianna Wesley (19:34), Maeve Monahan (20:21) and Keely Higgins (20:23).

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