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September 12, 2013

Hamilton-Wenham wins 100th straight meet

When this incredible streak began for the Hamilton-Wenham girls’ cross country team Emily Horgan was in the third grade. Now Horgan is a senior captain of for the Generals and has played a big part in keeping the winning ways going.

The last time coach Steve Sawyer’s Lady Generals lost a meet came back in 2004 when Masconomet beat them. They bounced back to win the last four meets that season and have been on a roll ever since, winning their 100th consecutive cross country dual meet yesterday.

“Emily has been a part of our success for four years now, and her younger sister Olivia is a freshman, who is doing good things for us,” said Sawyer, who has been at the helm for 35 years. “Some of my young girls didn’t realize we were closing in on 100, but the older ones did. I never thought it could happen back in 2004; nobody could predict something like this.”

Going into yesterday’s tri-meet with Amesbury and Ipswich the streak was at 98 and counting. Hitting the century mark is a first for the program, and the girls did it in a convincing manner, winning 15-50 in both meets by sweeping the top seven spots.

Somehow, year after year Sawyer keeps the program in tip top shape, and winning helps attract new young talent.

“Doing it is really important; it’s not just about winning but for the tradition of our program,” said Horgan, who captains the team along with fellow seniors Sarah Herlihy, Kelsey Kenny, and Hannah Farnham. “Time and time again average high school girls have trained hard and competed hard to keep it going.

“It’s really amazing when you think about it. Back when it all started I never dreamed I would be running for a team like this and doing everything I can to keep it going. Now my sister is starting her career, and I hope she will know the same feeling I have. We have a handful of really good freshmen, who have stepped up to the plate to help us keep the win streak alive.”

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