Stackhouse medals, Wakefield has a good showing among its peers
Published in the November 4, 2015 edition
WOBURN — The Wakefield Memorial High girls’ cross country team has dominated against its foes from the Middlesex League Freedom division for five years. The same held true on Monday at the Middlesex League Championship meet.
The Warriors came in sixth overall in the team scoring with 167 points. But they did finish ahead of all the teams in the division and one from the M.L Liberty division. The five teams that were head of Wakefield were all teams from the M.L. Liberty.
Lexington came in first overall with 37 points. Taking second through fifth were Belmont (59 points), Winchester (95 points), Arlington (105 points) and Woburn (142 points). Finishing behind Wakefield were Melrose (188 points), Reading (204 points), Watertown (213 points) and Wilmington (268 points).
There were no team scores for Burlington and Stoneham.
The highlight of the varsity girls’ race from an individual standpoint was the performance of Jordan Stackhouse, a junior. Stackhouse captured 19th overall with a time of 16:20.0 in the 2.5 mile race. Stackhouse won a medal by finishing among the top 20.
“She ran an impressive race. I thought my girls could have done better if they started off faster,” said Coach Karen Barrett. “The first mile was too slow. This was a shorter course than usual and we didn’t have time to play catch up. (I’m) Looking forward to a better showing at states.”
Gillian Russell, a sophomore, and Abby Harrington, a junior, finished in 34th and 36th place as they ran times of 17:03.8 and 17:04.5.
Senior Sara Custodio and freshman Amanda Westlake secured 41st and 42nd places as they clocked in at 17:09.0 and 17:10.2.
Wakefield’s sixth and seventh runners were Cassie Lucci, a junior, and Reilly McNamara, a senior. Lucci finished in 49th place at 17:42.1. McNamara took 58th place with a time of 18:29.9.
The Warriors also had three runners entered in the JV girls’ race which was also 2.5 miles long.
Senior Catherine Urbano finished in 38th place at 18:40.0. Kate Lynch, a sophomore, ran a time of 18:50.1 and finished in 40th place. Senior Sam Ross secured 73rd in a time of 20:06.7.
In the freshman girls’ race, which is 1.75 miles long, Wakefield had two runners.
Isabella Kehoe finished in 11th place with a time of 9:00.8 and Claudia Nerden claimed 21st place at 9:33.8.
“I did want to say that I was happy that we beat all the small schools as well as Reading,” said Barrett. “Also, frosh Isabella Kehoe ran great finishing 11th.”