Lucey gets MVP; Kehoe earns 2nd Ledoux-Walsh Award

Published in the November 30, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Middlesex League’s girls’ cross country coaches met recently to make this year’s All-Star selections in both the Freedom and Liberty divisions.

The Freedom Champion Wakefield Warriors, who went undefeated in league meets, had five All-stars selected: Senior Isabella Kehoe, juniors Retta Carroll and Olivia Lucey and sophomores Audrey Schopperle and Shannon Driscoll.

In addition to her third All-Star award, Olivia Lucey was also named the Most Valuable Player of the Middlesex League’s Freedom Division.

Lucey was also presented with the team’s Top Runner Award by head coach Karen Barrett at the annual postseason banquet. This was the third consecutive year that Lucey won the award. Kelly Ledoux-Walsh was the last Warrior to accomplish that feat.

“It was evident to me that Olivia trained really hard over the summer and came out stronger than I have ever seen her,” said Barrett. “I also noticed that she had developed a strong sense of confidence and mental toughness.”

Lucey ran a personal best to get 16th overall at states, earning her a trip to the All State Meet.

“It was really rewarding to see her excel against some steep competition,” said Barrett. “I couldn’t be happier for all of her success.”

More awards presented at the banquet for the 2018 “Wolf Pack” included:

No guts, no glory: Grace Butler.

Lady Wolverine: Audrey Schopperle.

Unsung Hero: Shannon Driscoll.

Outstanding Captain: Retta Carroll.

Coaches Award: Nicole Lima.

One of the most truly special awards in the track and field program was also presented at the banquet. The Kelly Ledoux-Walsh Award, in memory of one of Wakefield’s best and most well-loved student athletes, was earned this season by senior Isabella Kehoe.

“The recipient of this award embodies many of the same characteristics that Kelly possessed,” said Barrett. “She is an amazing captain and leader. She is a person that I can count on no matter what. She has a tremendous attitude, she is mentally tough and most importantly, she is a fabulous person.”

“As a freshman, Isabella was a quiet, hardworking girl. I watched her grow into an amazing young lady. She is a wonderful captain and leader. I admire her ability to be such a great role model for our underclassmen. Isabella is such a kind and thoughtful person. She is also a phenomenal teammate. She always cheers on every runner at practice and meets and she continuously strives to improve herself and the team. I know Kelly would definitely approve of my choice to give Isabella her award.”



Freedom Division

Name School Year

Colleen McMakin Burlington Senior

Kate Bidgood Melrose Senior

Katherine Duffy Melrose Junior

Alex Cotugno Melrose Junior

Jane Harrington Melrose Junior

Charlotte Tysall Melrose Freshman

Angela McKenzie Stoneham Senior

Isabella Kehoe Wakefield Senior

Olivia Lucey Wakefield Junior


Retta Carroll Wakefield Junior

Audrey Schopperle Wakefield Sophomore

Shannon Driscoll Wakefield Sophomore

Lakshmi Thangaraj Watertown Junior

Gianna Misuraca Wilmington Junior

Liberty Division

Audrey Christo Belmont Senior

Isabel Burger Belmont Sophomore

Kesinia Sortor Lexington Senior

Danna Ofek Lexington Junior – MVP

Pauline Steines Lexington Junior

Lina Jafaar Lexington Sophomore

Bridget Hackett Reading Junior

Chloe Pienaar Winchester Senior

Ella Aldrich Winchester Junior

Michaela Eichel Winchester Sophomore

Kaci Madden Woburn Senior

Maura Doherty Woburn Junior

Kacy Cole Woburn Sophomore

Samantha Nicolas Woburn Sophomore