Undefeated boys’ team are once again league champs
Published in the October 23, 2015 edition
By JENNIFER GENTILE
MELROSE — For the second straight year, the Melrose Red Raider boys’ cross country team are league champs. This after a win over Stoneham on Monday, Oct. 20 which brings Melrose’s winning streak close to 15 straight. Both the Melrose boys’ and girls’ teams took wins over the Spartans on the road meet, keeping the Melrose boys’ team undefeated at 6-0 and the girls improving to an impressive 5-1.
Details of the meet were not available at press time. Both teams will close out the regular season against Arlington next week and then focus on the Middlesex League Meet on Nov. 2 at Woburn Country Club. They also hope to do some damage in postseason statewide competition at the MIAA Eastern Divisional Meet on Nov. 14 in Wrentham.
On Sunday, Oct. 17 both teams proved to be tough competition at Franklin Park when they competed in the 55th Annual Catholic Memorial Invitational. The Melrose boys’ team finished third among all competition while the girls’ team nearly cracked the top 10 with a 12th place team finish.
The boy’s team was led by some of the top runners in the state. On Saturday in the 5K, Melrose’s Kevin Wheelock placed third at a time of 16:27. Teammate Adam Cook was right behind at 16:44 (9th). Senior captain Robbie Hanlon was 13th at 17:05 and Sean Conlan 21st at 17:23. Griffin Barris placed 52 at 18:18. Kyle Thompson was 88th at 19:23. Will Hanlon finished at 19:43.
The girls’ team was led by senior Elizabeth Hirsch who placed 12th in the 5K race of nearly 200 runners with a time of 19:45. Teammate Tara O’Shea ran 21:57 (67th), Meghan Cincotta came in at 23:59 (102) and Lydia Gyurina was 113th at 24:00. Mykayla Olvert (24:10) and Holly Moore (24:34) finished 118th and 120th respectively.
Tuesday 10/27 @ Arlington 3:30
Mon. 11/02 3:30 p.m. @ Woburn Country Club (League Meet)
Sat. 11/07 @ Coaches Invitational at Wrentham
Sat. 11/14 @ Eastern Mass. Championship at Wrentham
Sat. 11/21 @ State Finals at Westfield State U.