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October 22, 2012

Area roundup: Rocha, Peabody cross country win Bay State Inv.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

The Peabody girls cross country team captured its second invitational win of the season after Saturday’s performance at the 21st Annual Bay State Invitational Cross Country Meet held at Northfield Mountain Recreation Area. With a combined score of 88 points, the Tanners took three of the top 10 scores in the Division 1 meet.

Catarina Rocha captured first place with a time of 18:49, the sixth fastest time in course history.

“This was the first time the girls ran this course all together,” said coach Joe Rocha. “It was a very challenging course. We wanted to see what the course was like though, because this is where all-states will be held. I’m very pleased with the girls and the way they competed. We’re running against the top teams in the state, so it’s a real credit to the girls.”

Lauren Barrett came through with a time of 20:30 to finish in fifth place, while Sam Allen ran a 20:48 for seventh place.

Rounding out the top five finishers for Peabody were Antonia Pagliuca (34th, 22:03) and Sydney May (49th, 22:32).

Hamilton-Wenham places 3rd: Out of 18 teams, the Generals took home third place in the Bay State Meet (Div. 2). Emily Weigand was the top finisher for H-W, coming in at 19:47 to capture fifth place. Emily Horgan ran a 21:02 (20th overall), Meghan Stone was 27th (21:43) and Claire Pacione (29th, 21:46) all were medal winners for the Generals.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Generals take sixth: In the boys portion of the meet, Div. 2 Hamilton-Wenham finished sixth out of 19 teams. Matt Gillis was eighth overall with a time of 17:15. Jack Blatchford (24th, 17:54) and Mike Allara (27th, 17:59) took home medals for the Generals, while Kevin Rutigliano (65th, 18:53) and Lucas Cruz Nascimento (93rd, 19:38) rounded out the top five.

Peabody finished ninth: The Tanners placed ninth overall in the Div. 1 Bay State Meet. Drew Foster was Peabody’s top runner of the event, placing 11th with a time of 17:12. Ben Braz (25th, 17:41), James Christopher (50th, 18:16) and Alex Marcus (63rd, 18:26) also had solid finishes for the Tanners.

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