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October 1, 2012

Area roundup: Rocha, Peabody place first at invitational

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

It’s hard to top a runner like Peabody’s Catarina Rocha. At this weekend’s MSTCA Frank Kelley Invitational, Rocha crushed the course record by 39 seconds to take first place overall with a time of 17:40 to help the Tanners to a first place team finsih as well.

Even more impressive, Rocha beat her previous time on the Wrentham course by 1:16.

Junior

Sam Allen had an impressive sixth place finish (19:08), sophomore Lauren Barrett finished 11th (19:32), senior Heather MacLean placed 17th (19:56) and first-time cross country runner Antonia Pagliuca finished in the top 50 (19:56).

“We were just trying to find our way,” said coach Joe Rocha. “We wanted to compare ourselves to other teams and it was good indication of where we are. It’s unbelievable the finishes the girls had. We need to compete and we did. The girls responded well.”

Ipswich’s Keiran is runner-up: Ipswich’s Sarah Keiran ran a personal best 18:50 on the 3.1 mile course to finish second in the Division 2 race at the Frank Kelley Invitational held Saturday. Tina Keiran placed sixth in 19:49 while Kellie Roach ran a personal best 22:18.

Big Blue girls run well: Swampscott’s Sarah Kelley, out for cross country for the first time, finished 17th in the Division 2 Frank Kelley Invitational race with a time of 20:35. Big Blue freshmen Isabella Kornitsky (third, 12:19) and Miranda Nocera (13th, 13:21) ran well in the 1.9 mile freshman competition.

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

SJP wins Ocean State Invite: St. John’s Prep won the large school 5K at the Ocean State Invitational held in Warwick, Rhode Island Saturday. Liam Dow led the Eagles with a fifth place finish in 16:35, followed by Tim Loehner (16:41) in seventh and Tom O’Shea (16:54) in 13th. The Prep had 93 team points to edge Kellenberg Memorial from New York and beat of 31 schools and a field of 210 individual runners.

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