EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 30, 2012

Hillies' Solimine named girls cross country MVP

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — 2012 Girls Cross Country All-Stars

Name School Yr.

Tiffany Simione Central Catholic Soph.

*Jackie Solimine Haverhill Sr.

Riley Gilmore Haverhill Jr.

Cassandra Cronin Londonderry Sr.

Colleen Kennedy Londonderry Sr.

Nicole Roberts North Reading Jr.

Morgan Sansing Pinkerton Frosh.

Ariel Vaillancourt Pinkerton Frosh.

Hannah Kimball Timberlane Sr.

* Eagle-Tribune MVP

Honorable Mention

Andover — Leila Aruri, Jr.; Sarah Rothmann, Soph.; Meghan McPhee, Sr.; Cate Donovan, Soph.

Brooks — Hannah Buttress (North Andover), Jr.

Central Catholic — Caroline MacDonald, Sr.; Katie Anne Hayes, Soph.; Avery Hayes, Soph.

Georgetown — Kylie Hayward, 8th; Shea McFadden, 8th

Greater Lawrence — Carmen Rivera, Soph.; Rose Rigual, Soph.

Haverhill — Kristy Robertson, Sr.; Katherine Becker, Sr.

Lawrence — Leanna Pham, Jr.

Londonderry — Amanda Szymanski, Sr.; Madison McKivergan, Frosh.; Sydney Lagueux, Sr.

Methuen — Marwah Haq, Jr.; Kaitlyn Lang, Frosh.; Kristen Tilley, Soph.

North Andover — Deirdre Martyn, Sr.; Danielle Voke, Jr.; Katelyn Thomas, Jr.

North Reading — Rachel Roberts, Jr.

Pelham — Shannen Arsenault, Jr.; Rhiannon Snide, Jr.; Shaylyn Harrington, Frosh.

Pentucket — Marissa Porter, Sr.; Kasey Mann, Jr.; Jordan Balletto, Sr.

Phillips Academy — Peyton McGovern (Methuen), Frosh.

Pinkerton Academy — Danika Ashness, Jr.; Kaila Cote, Soph.; Haley McMullen, Jr.

PMA — Sydney Moran, Jr.

Salem — Samantha Hutchins, Sr; Crystal Peatfield, Sr.

Sanborn — Zoee Torrey, Frosh.

Timberlane — Kate Estep, Sr.; Torri Plank, Sr.; Lauren Oligny, Jr.

Whittier — Angie Martinez, Soph.; Corinne Bilodeau, Soph.

Windham — Kate Farrell, Sr.; Emma Boyd, Sr.; Kristen Tilley, Soph.

TIFFANY SIMIONE, Central Catholic, Sophomore

No. 1 Central runner in every meet. Came in fifth at MVC meet. Took 14th at EMass. Division 2 race (19:45.2, 5K). Second local runner in Division 1 All-State Meet, finishing 21st in 19:45 on Northfield 5K course. Finished 9th at Bay State Invitational. Has run a 5:34.54 mile and an 11:51.64 2-mile. Windham resident. Student Ambassador at Central. Makes school’s morning announcements.

RILEY GILMORE, Haverhill, Junior

Bounced back in big way from injury-plagued sophomore campaign. Won State Coaches Meet Junior-Senior race with 5K time of 19:09. Came in fourth at MVC meet and 11th in Division 1 EMass. race. Placed eighth at Amherst Invitational with a 5K time of 19:03 and 10th at Frank Kelley Invitational. Owns fourth fastest time on home course. Ran 11:22.0 2-mile last spring. Ranked 14th in junior class.

CASSANDRA CRONIN, Londonderry, Senior

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Won three races. Came in 11th in Division 1 state meet (20:00, 3.1 miles) and 19th at Meet of Champions (19:18.8, 3.1 miles). Helped lead Lancers to first Division 1 state crown since 1994. Played soccer her first two years. Played fifth singles in tennis. Member of math team. Donated 13 inches of her hair to make wigs for cancer patients.

COLLEEN KENNEDY, Londonderry, Senior

Top runner in last three races for Division 1 state champs. Came in eighth at State Division 1 race, running 19:52 for 5K at Derryfield Park. Led all local runners at the Meet of Champions (16th place) with a 5K personal best time of 19:15.5. Finished 68th in a field of 265 at New Englands. Plays defense for lacrosse team. President of National Honor Society.

NICOLE ROBERTS, North Reading, Junior

Former soccer player. Second-year cross country runner finished third at CAL Meet with 18:47 for 5K at Bradley Palmer. Ran a tremendous 19:01.1 for 5K for third place in EMass. Division 5 meet. That was he fastest local time of the day in any division. Placed 14th at Division 2 All-States (19:43.09, 5K). Ran a 5:17.97 mile last spring. Twin sister Rachel also is a runner.

MORGAN SANSING, Pinkerton, Freshman

Overcame slow start to season when diagnosed with anemia and thyroid problem. Won JV State Meet as tune-up and then placed 10th as the state’s top freshman in 19:57 at Derryfield Park. Finished 27th at Meet of Champions (19:28.6, 3.1 miles). “What she accomplished in the postseason was truly amazing,” said Pinkerton coach Amy Bernard. Ran 5:35.50 1,600 last spring. Chester resident.

ARIEL VAILLANCOURT, Pinkerton, Freshman

Made immediate splash, running No. 1 for Pinkerton in every race but one. Finished 20th in Division 1 meet (20:20, 5K), 24th at Meet of Champions (19:23.2, 5K) and 61st at New England on a tough, mud-drenched course (20:38.99, 5K). Both parents and younger brother and younger sister run. Enjoys the longer distances. Will run 3,200 in indoor track. Plays lacrosse in the spring.

HANNAH KIMBALL, Timberlane, Senior

Six-time Eagle-Tribune All-Star, three times in cross country. Finished sixth at Division 1 meet in 19:32 at Derryfield’s rugged 5K course and took 21st at Meet of Champions (19:21.4, 5K). Both were faster times than last year. Took 34th at New Englands (20:06.86, 5K). Placed third at Brown Invitational Division 2 race (personal best 18:59.9, 5K). Has run a 5:09.35 mile and a 2:16.65 800.

Solimine was consistently excellent for Hillies

There have been faster MVPs than Haverhill’s Jackie Solimine, but few have been more consistent. Since taking up cross country as a junior, Solimine has been Ms. Reliable for the Hillies.

A repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star, she took third in the Merrimack Valley Conference race. Solimine led all local runners at the EMass. Division 1 meet, coming in seventh with 5K time of 19:04.3. The senior tri-captain finished 14th at the Division 1 All-State Meet for the second straight year, again as the top local runner.

Solimine was a starter on the Haverhill volleyball team as a sophomore but switched to cross country. Her older sister Julie was class valedictorian and one of the top distance runners in area history. Jackie has continued the tradition.

A 5:18 miler last year, Solimine has the potential to shave several seconds off that time while continuing to shine academically. Currently ranked second in her class of 450 students, she scored 2,040 on her SATs and was a Moynihan Scholar-Athlete award winner for September.

A future engineering student, Solimine is considering Northeastern, UMass Lowell and WPI.

“Jackie is the nicest, most down-to-earth student-athlete I’ve ever dealt with,” said 21st-year Hillie coach Mike Maguire. “She’s been a joy to coach.”

Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2011 — Maggie Mullins; 2010 — Maggie Mullins, Andover; 2009 — Alanna Poretta, Pentucket; 2008, 2007, 2005 — Kirsten Kasper, North Andover; 2006 — Kelly Desharnais, Timberlane; 2004 — Colleen McNaughton, Haverhill; 2003 — Ashley Morgenstern, Pinkerton; 2002 — Jessica Flinn, Timberlane;

1999-01 — Melissa Donais, Phillips (Bradford); 1998 — Allison March, Londonderry; 1997, 1995 — Tricia Guertin, Haverhill; 1996 — Amy DeCamp, Londonderry; 1991-94 — Helena Kimball, Londonderry; 1990 — Nichole Martin, Haverhill; 1989 — Kristin Cobb, Timberlane