Warriors have a very good showing among their peers

Published in the November 3, 2015 edition.

WOBURN — It is safe to say that the Warrior boys’ cross country team took the fifth yesterday at the Woburn Country Club.

RYAN SULLIVAN, a junior, placed 26th overall in the varsity boys’ race in the Middlesex League Championship Meet. Sullivan clocked in at 13:40.2. (Donna Larsson File Photo)

RYAN SULLIVAN, a junior, placed 26th overall in the varsity boys’ race in the Middlesex League Championship Meet. Sullivan clocked in at 13:40.2. (Donna Larsson File Photo)

Wakefield ran well against its peers in the Middlesex League Championship Meet and secured a fifth place finish in the team scoring with 118 points. The Warriors finished behind Lexington (46 points), Winchester (84 points), Melrose (90 points) and Arlington (114 points).

Coach Perry Pappas felt that the boys continued to show great improvement over the past few seasons when they competed on the 2.5 mile course on a perfect night last evening. All 12 Middlesex League teams took over the golf course for the 45th year.

Although the varsity did not place as high as it had hoped, the performances were far better than last year said Pappas.

Senior Alec Rodgers placed 13th overall with a time of 13:13.5 in one of deepest fields in recent years. Rodgers has come a long way this season and has performed well in recent weeks.

Sophomore Matt Greatorex placed 22nd overall with a time of 13:32.9.

Junior Ryan Sullivan was next for the Warriors as he placed 26th in a time of 13:40.2.

Richie Custodio, a senior, placed 27th overall as he ran a time of 13:43.6.

Sophomore Tommy Lucey was 30th overall in a time of 13:48.1 to finish up the scoring for the Warriors.

Chris Skeldon, a senior, finished in 38th place in a time of 14:01.0. Jack Stevens, a junior, placed 49th overall at 14:12.4.

Reading (162 points), Watertown (162 points), Burlington (218 points), Belmont (245 points), Woburn (251 points), Stoneham (323 points) and Wilmington (353 points) all finished behind Wakefield in the varsity boys’ race.

The Junior Varsity has raced very well in big competitions this season although the Warriors had their hands full with Lexington on Monday. Despite Lexington taking the top six places, Adam D’Ambrosio, Jackson Kehoe and Robert Shaw were able to crack the top 10 over the 2.5 mile course.

D’Ambrosio, a senior, has had an amazing season and placed seventh with a time of 14:09.9 which was over a minute better than his 31st place finish from last year.

Kehoe, a junior, ran strong race placing ninth with a time of 14:14.7, while Shaw, a sophomore, placed 10th overall in a time of 14:15.4.

Senior Jeremy Keegan was 14th overall in a time 14:24.8 and Shahnawaz Anwar, a junior, finished off the scoring placing 18th at 14:27.8

The Warriors placed second behind Lexington’s 15 points by scoring 55 points. Wakefield’s total was also well ahead of third place Winchester’s 113 points.

The junior varsity team was able to run a minute faster than their team average from last year.

The rest of the JV runners included Alex Guerriero (26th place, 14:39.4), Tyler Whipple (27th, 14:42.3), Mike Frezza (31st, 14:46.2), Ty Collins (43rd, 15:00.4), Justin McGonagle (15:01.5), Ryan Smith (66th, 15:27.5), Riley Brackett (77th, 15:47.8), Max Hinchey (87th, 15:54.5), Nolan Collins (104th, 16:13.4), Matt Finn (113th, 16:19.4), David Lee (132nd, 16:45.5), Adam Chanley (153rd, 17:27.2), David Holman (155th, 17:31.2), Sam Morey (164th, 17:50.9) and Cal Sylvia (193rd, 19:00.9).

The Warrior freshmen came very close to defeating Lexington as they scored 50 points to Lexington’s 46 points. Reading was third overall with 107 points.

Over the 1.3 mile course, Thomas Harrington, Rohan Singhvi, Billy Stevens, Derryn Langlois, Derrick Scheeler, Casey Brackett and Ryan Donald were all in the top 25.

Harrington came in fourth at 6:52.9, Singhvi finished ninth at 7:00.7, Stevens took 10th in a time of 7:01.9, Langlois claimed 13th in a time of 7:14.6, Scheeler finished in 15th at 7:16.1, Brackett was 19th at 7:20.9 and Donald grabbed 24th in a time of 7:30.7.

Chris Beaudoin and Brian McGonagle also ran a great race. Beaudoin secured 43rd place at 8:09.9 and McGonagle finished in 72nd place at 10:24.6.