2019 SALEM NEWS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR

STEVEN JACKSON

St. John's Prep Senior

Eagles' captain Steven Jackson led by example all season long with outstanding performances and encouraged his talented teammates on their way to the Division 1 All-State team championship

Jackson was undefeated in the conference, first at the league championship, and unanimous choice for Catholic Conference MVP. The Reading resident was runner-up at the Eastern Massachusetts Division 1 state race on the hilly course in Wrentham in a very fast 15:56 personal best 5K time to set the pace for the first place Prep team.

He followed that up with another outstanding race to place fourth at All-States and once again lead the champion Eagles' squad to the title, the first since 2003.

"Steven has been the model of consistent effort, never missing practices, and always leading with a positive attitude," said Prep coach John Boyle. "Competitively, Steven really started to come into his own as a junior. Whether it was in cross country, indoor, or outdoor track he started to see big improvements in his times, and as they improved he got hungrier and hungrier to compete.

"At the Division 1 meet he and Tyler Brogan of Franklin swapped the lead back and forth before Brogan got a two second gap to win, but the second place finish led the Prep team to its first divisional title since 2001. We coaches talk a lot with Steven about the importance of being a racer while on the course; consistently having that internal conversation with yourself to keep up the pressure. Race, don't just be part of a group of guys running. He has surely taken that to heart this season."

The three season track star is committed to Boston College to run. He has a 4.06 GPA and thanked his teammates for their support.

"They were there for me and pushed me in practice," said Jackson. "My coaches encouraged me to strive to be my best; coach H (Hatim Jean-Louie) hyped me up. My grandfather always supported me by coming to the races."

THE ALL-STARS

ADAM ABDULGHAMI

Peabody Sophomore

Placed 8th at NEC meet in 16:21 ... All Conference ... Ran personal best 5K time of 16:51 at Eastern Mass. Division 1 race for 48th place ... Most Improved Award for Tanners ... Carries 3.96 GPA ... Influenced most by former teammate Claudio Rocha ... "Claudio's determination and character have had a huge influence on me. Getting to know him has truly benefited me as a runner and a person."

CHRISTOPHER BARNES

Salem Senior

Witches' captain was team's best runner consistently all season, helping his team win NEC South championship, losing only one meet during the regular season ... Finished first in six of seven races ... Biggest accomplishment was first place finish against Danvers to spark team's win ... 11th at NEC Meet ... 32nd at Eastern Mass. Division 4 meet ... Carries 4.1 GPA and ranked 22nd in class ... Undecided about college plans ... Said Rich Stafford, his coach for three years, was always trying to push him to go faster.

WYATT BURR

Bishop Fenwick Sophomore

Three season track standout was Catholic Central League All-Star ... Placed 6th in Freshman/Sophomore Frank Kelley Invitational 3K in 10:35 ... 18th at State Coaches Invitational Freshman/Sophomore race ... 38th at Catholic Memorial varsity race ... 16th at Eastern Mass. Division 6 in 17:56 ... Received Crusaders Outstanding Performer Award ... Has 3.7 GPA ... Thanked coaches Steve Czarnecki and Pat Cahill for being really supportive and pushing him to reach full potential ... Also grateful for teammates support.

PETER CLIFFORD

Marblehead Sophomore

Team co-MVP with Loeden Rodrigues ... Personal best 5K time was 16:29 ... Placed 12th at Eastern Mass. Division 3 states to help team finish 4th ... Consistently No. 2 runner all season ... Despite being sick at NEC meet, was in 4th place until slowing late in race ... NEC All-Star ... Has 3.8 GPA and plans to continue running in college ... Said coach Brian Heenan has influenced his athletic career the most ... "He's the best coach I've ever had in any sport I've played."

AIDAN COLBERT

Masconomet Senior

Chieftain captain took 2nd in Frank Kelley 3K in 10:05 ... Finished 18th at Cape Ann League championship ... Placed 37th at Eastern Mass. Division 3 states ... Personal best was 17:06 at states ... Received Coaches Award ... Boxford resident plans to major in finance or mathematics in college ... Carries 4.535 GPA on 5.3 scale ... Said coach Patrick Mahoney pushed him at every practice, and also thanked parents for support.

ANTONIO CRAVEIRO

Peabody Senior

Placed 4th at NEC meet in 16:16 ... All Conference ... Tanners' MVP ... Fastest 5K time was 17:02 at Eastern Mass. Division 1 meet for 57th ... Was top runner for Tanners consistently in only second season running cross country ... GPA is 3.79 and ranked 17th in class ... "My teammate Adam Abdulghami has been a huge influence on my cross country season because he has this attitude and confidence in races that I find admirable. I genuinely hope he continues to develop into an insane runner."

JACK DEMARCO

Ipswich Senior

CAL Baker Division Runner of Year ... Captain was undefeated in league meets ... Best time was 16:38 with 5:32 average mile ... 10th at Eastern Mass. Division 6 race in 17:24 ... Plans to major in marketing ... 3.0 GPA ... "My sister has been my biggest influence because she has always been a role model for my running due to her amazing work ethic and dedication to the sport. I also thank Sue Markos and Martin Binette for being great coaches and supporting my running."

PATRICK GILLIGAN

Beverly Senior

NEC All-Conference standout played key role in Panthers winning NEC North team crown ... Ran close second to teammate Jackson Wood all season ... All-Conference runner was 3rd at championship meet in 15:55 ... Captain placed 7th at Frank Kelley Invitational and 17th at Catholic Memorial meet ... Ran 6th fastest time on home course ... Has 3.66 GPA and plans to go to college ... Said his father has been biggest influence in athletic career.

SEBASTIAN GILLIGAN

Masconomet Junior

Took 5th at Eastern Mass. Division 3 states in personal best 5K time of 16:12 ... All-Star finished 3rd at CAL championship ... Division 3 All-Star ... Moynihan Lumber Student-Athlete of Month for September ... CAL representative at MIAA cross country breakfast ... Ran 15:57 on home course at Bradley Palmer for 3rd fastest in school history ... Won Frank Kelley Invitational in 9:57 ... Received Chieftain's Team Award ... Carries 4.497 GPA on 5.3 scale ... Plans to run in college ... Said father, Matt Gilligan, inspired him to run when he was in elementary school.

T. J. GLOWIK

Danvers Junior

Named MVP for Falcons ... Captain earned NEC All-Conference honor after finishing 7th in 16:20 at championship meet ... Best time on home course was 15:54 ... Personal record best 5K was 17:21 ... Consistently team's top runner ... Said former teammate Liam Breen has had biggest influence on him ... "I strive to achieve what he did."

KALEB HABTEGEBRIEL

Pingree Senior

Took 4th at Eastern Independent League championship in 17:36 ... Highlander MVP ... EIL All-League ... NEPSAC All-Star with 10th place finish at Division 3 New England's in 16:38 ... Captain plans to major in policy studies and continue to run cross country and indoor track in college ... Thanked coaches and mentors, who have instilled within him a passion for running.

ANTHONY IANNALFO

Essex Tech Junior

Highlight of season was placing 2nd at Vocational Schools Meet ... Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Star's time was 17:23 ... Best 5K was 17:40 ... Only lost to one opponent in conference ... Had great competition with senior Patrick Carbone all season ... Peabody resident plans to join the work force after graduation ... Thanked his mother for having biggest influence on his career and always being supportive.

NATHAN LOPEZ

St. John's Prep Freshman

First year runner had outstanding season ... Undefeated in competition with other freshmen with victories in Catholic Conference Classic, Catholic Memorial Invitational, and Manhattan Invite ... 7th at Eastern Mass. Division 1 states in 16:13 to help Eagles win title ... Placed 14th at All-States in 16:36 and No. 2 finisher to key Prep's team win ... Set Franklin Park 3K course record ... Said biggest influence has been his New England Elite club team coach really helped him progress to the national level and become the runner he is now. Also thanked Prep coaches for teaching things that helped him move forward against stiffer competition in the Catholic Conference.

NATE MAY

Marblehead Junior

NEC All-Conference ... 6th at championship meet in 16:18 ... Best 5K time was 17:00 ... Captain was 32nd at Division 3 Eastern Mass. states ... Was team's 5th runner at All-States in 16:58 ... Has 4.0 GPA and plans to run in college ... Intends to major in business management ... Said coach Brian Heenan and teammates showed him what it means to be a good teammate and have a strong work ethic.

ROBBIE MCKERSIE

Masconomet Senior

Captain battled through an injury ... 5K personal best was 17:00 .... Best mile pace of 4:55 ... Cape Ann League All-Star finished 14th at league championship Placed 33rd at Eastern Mass. Division 3 states ... Plans to take a PG year after graduation ... Carries 4.743 GPA on 5.3 scale ... Ranked 21st in class of 283 ... Thanked parents and coaches for supporting him through the injury and allowing him to come back strong.

NOAH MOONEY

St. John's Prep Junior

Catholic Conference All-Star was 2nd or 3rd man on championship team all season ... Placed 12th in personal best 5K time of 16:19 at Eastern Mass. Division 1 states ... Two time conference all-star ... Helped team win All-States as No. 4 runner with strong time of 16:58 ... Plans to continue to run in college and study computer science ... Has 4.35 GPA on scale of 5 ... Thanked coach H (Hatim Jean-Louie, assistant for spring track) for always believing in him and the team.

GEORGE NIKOLAKOPOULOS

St. John's Prep Junior

Ran 16:19 for 13th place at the Eastern Mass. Division 1 states in Wrentham to help Eagles win it all ... Was team's No. 1 runner as sophomore, but an injury curtailed summer running and early fall training ... Worked way back to top 7 on championship team ... Was Eagles No.3 finisher at All-States, placing 22nd in 16:47 ... A 3-time Catholic Conference All-Star in cross country ... Carries 4.2 GPA on 5 scale and plans to continue running in college ... Said Zach Lankow is not only his track coach but biggest fan and helped him get over injuries.

HARRISON PANJWANI

Hamilton-Wenham Junior

Generals' MVP ... CAL All-League ... Finished 10th in 17:03 at Cape Ann League open ... Top runner for team all season ...At Eastern Mass. Division 5 meet finished 13th in 16:56 ... 47th at All-State meet in Gardner ... Plans to continue to play a sport in college ... Said his dog got him into sports through exercising and that made him decide to try cross country as a sophomore.

LOEDEN RODRIGUES

Marblehead Junior

Most Valuable Player for NEC ... Captain set home course record ... Won NEC championship in 15:20 ... Finished 2nd in Eastern MA. Division 3 states in a very quick 15:58 ... Eastern MA. All-Star ... Took 3rd in All-State Division 1 race ... Team MVP, league All-Conference ... Best performance in 5K was 15:58 for runner-up at states ... Has 4.0 GPA ... plans to study engineering and run in college ... Said parents and coach Brian Heenan pushed him to join the cross country team a year ago ... "Pursuing running has proved to be a perfect athletic path for me to follow."

FINN RUSSELL

Ipswich Sophomore

CAL Baker champion Tigers' No. 2 runner all season behind fellow All-Star Jack DeMarco ... Won Mile For Mike Freshman/Sophomore Race ... Finished 2nd behind DeMarco in every league meet ... Was 19th at CAL championship in 17:30 ... Placed 12th at Eastern Mass. Division 6 states in 17:34 to help team take 2nd ... Fastest underclassman at CAL meet ... Hopes to run in college ... Has 3.5 GPA ... Said coach Sue Markos was a great influence because she made sure he improved in achieving realistic goals and being a more respectful person.

LOGAN TRACIA

Peabody Freshman

Rookie of the Year for Tanners ... NEC All-Conference ... Ran 16:16 for 5th place finish at NEC league meet in Gloucester ... Best 5K time was 17:13 in first race that distance ... Kept getting faster as year went on ... Said coach Fernando Braz and distance coach Pete Cirafice pushed him and everyone else on the team to be the best they could be.

JACKSON WOOD

Beverly Senior

MVP for Panthers ... Consistently team's top runner ... NEC All-Conference with 2nd place finish at championhip meet in 15:58 ... Best 5K was 16:20 and fastest time on home course was 16:10 which is 2nd best in school history ... Won Frank Kelley Invitational Division 2 race ... Was 9th at Catholic Memorial Invitational ... Captain placed 12th at Eastern MA. Division 2 states in 16:20 ... Carries 4.56 GPA and plans to study robotics in college ... Said he is motivated by older brother and wants to break his records.

HONORABLE MENTION

BEVERLY: Jackson Clark, Jr.; Michael Brock, Sr.; Kevin Kelsey, Jr.; Jack Rivers, Sr.

BISHOP FENWICK: Kevin Wythe, Sr.; Matthew Cinelli, Soph.

DANVERS: Kevin Rogers, Soph.; Luke Llewellyn, Soph.; Brendan MacDonald, Jr.

ESSEX TECH: Patrick Carbone, Sr.; Max Collins, Soph.; Josh Chadwick, Sr.

HAMILTON-WENHAM: Charlie Butler, Sr.; Matt Botelho, Jr.; Scott James, Sr.; Alex Johnson, Sr.

IPSWICH: Dmitri Angell, Sr.; Jonah Orroth, Jr.; Nicholas Liani, Jr.

MARBLEHEAD: Will Lamb, Soph.; John Lucas, Sr.

MASCONOMET: Sean Bonefant, Sr.; Jason Murley, Sr.; Max Zeltsar, Sr.; Ian Darling, Soph.; Tim McGinley, Soph.

PEABODY: Jacob Farhat, Sr.; Noah Christopher, Sr.

PINGREE: Alec Dempster, Jr.; Owen Cootey, JR.; Nick Mitchell, Jr.

ST. JOHN'S PREP: Connor Hughes, Sr.; Declan Sheehan, Sr.

SALEM: Jack Fitch, Jr.; Michael Sumner, Sr.; Joe Wong, Jr.; Max Fitch, Jr.

SWAMPSCOTT: Dylan Brawley, Soph.

WARING: Ethan Wood, Soph.

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