SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 23, 2013

Ipswich's Krathwohl top runner for Middlebury cross country

Jean DePlacido
The Salem News

---- — Greg Krathwohl heads up the Middlebury College cross country team today at the NCAA Division 3 Championships in Hanover, Indiana.

Krathwohl, who was named All-NESCAC first team, led the Panthers to a second place finish at the NCAA Regional. The senior captain from Ipswich was his team’s top runner and placed eighth with a time of 24:53. The previous week Krathwohl was fourth, just 18 seconds behind the winner at the NESCAC Championships.

“This is the fourth straight year our men’s team has made it to the national championship,” said Krathwohl, who is majoring in economics and computer science. “Before that time we never qualified as a team.

“The past three years we’ve had a really strong front runner, which we no longer do. But now have a very strong pack of runners 1-to-5 so we’re hoping we can do better than ever. We finished second by a point to first place (Williams) in one of the strongest regions in the nation, so we’re looking good. There was only 13 seconds separating our first four runners and six of us finished in the top 35 (earning All Region honors).”

Krathwohl modestly states the Panthers don’t have a real strong front runner this fall, but in reality he has filled that role. He was named NECSAC Performer of the Week October 21 after placing second at the University of Albany 8K race; his time of 25:21 helped Middlebury win in a strong field of 10 teams from every division.

“Making the podium by finishing in the top four at Nationals would be very exciting,” Krathwohl said. “We’ve never had our best race at Nationals, but this year we have a lot of seniors with plenty of experience and should be able to carry the momentum through to the finish.”

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St. John’s Prep senior Sean Lovett of Groveland has verbally committed to Bates College. An outstanding student, Lovett is projected to play defensive end for the Bobcats. He went early decision 1.

“I had looked at Colby and Middlebury, but Bates was my top choice,” said Lovett of the Lewiston, Maine school. “I’ve made several visits (there) beginning last spring (and) went to a game there a month ago, and really like everything about the school and coaching staff. After talking to the coaches, I knew I wanted to play for them.”

Although he’s not positive, Lovett is thinikng about majoring in environmental studies.

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The One Fund Six-Mile Road Race through the woods at Peabody’s Independence Greenway Bike Path attracted 99 runners last Saturday. Dan Chruniak of Beverly won the race in 35:50 while Aaron Mearns of Beverly was sixth (44:30). The top local female was Stephanie Neumann of Swampscott, who was 12th overall (44:31).

Other top local finishers included Sue Quimby of Middleton (14th), Eva Mossberg of Salem (18th), Jared Gaudet of Peabody (20th), Patrica Hazelton of Peabody (23rd), Jon Blodgett of Danvers (24th), John Dullea of Peabody (25th), Joe McGee of Peabody (26th), Salem News assistant sports editor Matt Williams of Peabody (27th), and Nancy Krouse of Peabody (28th).

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Holly Smith, the University of New England freshman field hockey goalie from Peabody, has received some big awards this fall.

Smith, who was named Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Year in a vote taken by the seven head coaches, led the Nor’Easters to a 17-4 record and had a 1.43 goals against average with eight shutouts. The former Peabody High three-sport star was also named Most Outstanding Player of the ECAC Division 3 New England championship as UNE captured the title by, beating Plymouth State University, 2-1 in the final.

Smith, who also led her club to a double overtime win in the CCC semifinals, was also chosen First Team All-Commonwealth Coast Conference.

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Jean DePlacido is a part-time writer and columnist for The Salem News. Contact her at jmdeplacido@aol.com, and follow her on Twitter @JeanDePlacidoSN.