Published in the October 31, 2019 edition.

WOBURN — A long running tradition hit a landmark year on Monday as the 50th running of the Middlesex League Championship meet was held at the Woburn Country Club. So many amazing performances have been on display every year, and this year was no different.

It’s a special event since it allows all 12 teams to compete against each other, some for the first time of the season, due to a division split 10 years ago.

It was expected that Lexington would run away with the team title, but the next few spots were up for grabs. Arlington placed 2nd with a very strong day. The Warriors finished a respectable 3rd place.

The individual winner was definitely open for the taking as there was no clear favorite. Wakefield’s Matt Roberto and Tanner Jellison were no doubt in the conversation among three or four other athletes.

Roberto pushed the pace early along with a Lexington runner as they came through the first mile under a five minute pace over the 5K course. Belmont’s Steven Carvalho pulled away for the victory over the last straightaway in a time of 16:09. Wakefield Warrior Tanner Jellison had a big race placing 4th – improving from his 24th place finish from a year ago with a time of 16:25. Jellison sat in 9th or 10th the majority of the race and had a monster kick over the last few hundred meters to beat some of the best runners in the state.

Roberto ended up holding on to a solid 7th place finish in a time of 16:30 securing the last all conference honors placing.

Sophomore Mike Roberto placed 31st in a time of 17:29. Junior Jonathan D’Ambrosio placed 36th in a time of 17:36. Senior Jimmy Crump placed 42nd in 17:46 to finish the scoring. Junior Colin Rudy placed 48th in 17:58. Sophomore Thomas Dowd was 60th in a time of 18:22.


The JV boys had a good day as they placed 3rd as a team. Sophomore Ajay Haridasse ran strong placing 22nd in a time of 18:24. Junior Zack Jellison was 26th in a time of 18:28. Senior Ian Schermerhorn placed 31st in a big PR of 18:37. Junior Brendan Vacca placed 35th in 18:45. Junior Alex Skeldon finished the scoring placing 38th in 18:50 – also an impressive PR.

James Christie ran 19:10, Aaron Canestaro ran in 19:18, David Schurter had a big pr of 19:26, Steven Robinson ran 19:31, Noah Brennan had a big pr of 20:12, Andrew Roos ran 20:30, Jack Tomsyck ran 20:48, Cory Sample ran 20:53, Sean Russell ran 20:57, Dylan Fahey ran 22:39, Brett McClellan ran 23:43, Lucas Smith ran 24:29 and Declan Carney ran 29:23.


The freshmen had an incredible day and placed 3rd as a team. The newbies have continued to perform well as a group. Monday there were many strong performances from top to bottom.

Leith Jones worked his way up to the front pack through the middle of the race and even held the lead for a short time finishing a strong 5th in a time of 10:51 over the 3K course to receive a ribbon. There were 110 freshmen competing.

Joe Colliton also received a ribbon placing 13th in a time of 11:17. Matt McCoy came one position of a ribbon placing 16th in a time of 11:22.

Will Riley placed a solid 21st with a time of 11:28. Ojas Singhvi also ran well in a time of 11:42 to complete the team scoring placing 28th.

Jaden Puccio finished right behind Singhvi placing 29th in a time of 11:44. Colby Lee was 38th in 12:04.

Sam Bangston placed 45th in 12:17. Caden Munro was 47th in 12:20. Bryan Casey was 48th in 12:20.

Derek Fricia was 53rd in 12:31, Jason Henning placed 64th in 12:49, Vinny Kaddaras placed 66th in 12:49, David Lococo was 67th in 12:51, Marcus Conte placed 97th in 14:17, Ben Burdetzky was 99th in 14:33, Austin Marshall was 101st in a time of 14:47.

Up next is the Coaches Invitational in Wrentham on Saturday.