Girls defeated despite strong effort

Published October 29, 2020

NORTH READING — Once again, led by junior Aidan Nadeau, the North Reading boys’ cross country team picked up a well-deserved first win of the season as they bested Amesbury in a tight contest 26-31 on Oct. 22 at Woodsom Park. Nadeau took home his first ever overall victory with a strong time of 17:13 over the hilly 3.1 mile Amesbury course.

“Aidan led this one from start to finish,” said Hornet head coach Ryan Spinney. “He wanted and earned this win today. A solid, very strong race the whole way through.”

Following Nadeau was senior co-captain Jack Murphy who took 2nd in a time of 17:47 and right behind him in 4th was sophomore Nick Fabrizio in a time of 17:51. Junior Anthony Petrosino (7th, 19:17) and senior PJ Menis (12th, 20:26) rounded out the Hornet top five.

“This is a great team win,” said Spinney. “The guys knew we needed a strong effort to come out on top today and they delivered. Amesbury is a good team and to be able to be victorious over a team like they have, is a testament to the hard work our team has been putting in throughout this fall.”

Rounding out the Hornet squad was sophomore Ben Meier (13th, 20:40), senior Nick Rinaldi (14th, 20:47), senior Garrett Butler (15th, 21:16), freshman Dylan Zecher (17th, 22:07) and senior co-captain Devin Adams (18th, 22:19).

In the JV race, senior Zachery Baker had a tremendous win as he took home the win in a time of 21:18. Following Baker was sophomore Christian DaCosta who dove at the finish to squeak out 2nd overall in a time of 21:48. Rounding out the Hornet competitors was senior Jacob Doolin (4th, 23:25), senior Kyle Moore (5th, 23:29), sophomore Shane Hanson (6th, 23:52), senior Adam Zecher (7th, 24:02) and senior Erik Wieselquist (9th, 24:46).

Amesbury too deep for girls’ team

In the girls’ race, sophomore Annalise Butler led the Hornets with a 3rd place finish in a time of 22:21. Junior co-captains Abigail McLaughlin and Nicole Steinmeyer had fine races of their own as they ran 23:52 and 24:02 respectively to take 6th and 8th overall. Junior Kayla Imbriano (14th, 26:34), freshman Allie Koenig (15th, 27:20), junior Rose Morelli (16th, 27:28) and junior Riley Cullen (17th, 28:28) rounded out the Hornet competitors.

“Our team ran very well today despite what the score may lead you to believe,” said Spinney. “This was a tough course and our kids battled the whole way through. Very proud of their effort today.”

The Hornets boys are now 1-2 and the girls are 0-3. They will next take on rival Lynnfield on Thursday, Oct. 29 at Lynnfield HS.