Warriors win M.L. Freedom division opener
Published in the September 22, 2015 edition
WAKEFIELD — Now the meets count as the Warrior girls’ cross country team begin its quest for a fifth straight Middlesex League Freedom division with a decisive 17-42 triumph over Stoneham in its home opener at the Beasley Course.
The Warriors are 1-1 overall but, more importantly, are 1-0 in the division.
“Today was a great win for us to start our drive for five,” said Head Coach Karen Barrett. “The girls had their first opportunity to run on the home course.”
Sara Custodio, a senior captain, ran a great race leading from start to finish. She looked really strong and posted a time of 20:25.
Jordan Stackhouse, a junior, was fantastic yesterday. She shattered her previous PR on the home course by 53 seconds, finishing second for the team as she clocked in at 20:35.
“I was very impressed with her effort today,” said Barrett.
Gillian Russell, a sophomore, completed the sweep also running a personal best on the course. Russell ran a time of 21:14.
Abby Harrington, a junior, ran a great race beating Stoneham’s number one and two runners. She also got her PR on the course today with a time of 21:20.
Freshman Amanda Westlake was fifth for the team and seventh overall. She ran an impressive time of 21:45 to finish out the scoring.
Junior Cassie Lucci and senior captain Reilly McNamara finished sixth and seventh for the team and ninth and 10th overall. They posted times of 22:44 and 23:08.
Also running the race for the Warriors were Catherine Urbano (23:28), Isabaella Kehoe (23:30), Claudia Nerden (24:00), Sam Ross (24:06) and Kate Lynch (26:36).
“This was a great way to start our competition against the Freedom division teams. I was very pleased with the great times the girls ran today,” said Barrett. “We will be competing saturday in the Frank Kelley Invitational and then preparing to take on Wilmington next Tuesday.”
The Kelley Invitational is on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the Wrentham Developmental Center and the Wilmington meet is Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3:30 p.m. at Wilmington High School.