Just as impressive as the Astros was Timberlane which, led by sophomore Liam Kimball, qualified for the Meet of Champions for the first time since the Owls moved to Division 1.
Kimball finished seventh with a huge personal-best time of 16:37 while juniors Peter Saviano (16:48) and James Busi (16:52) also shined, taking 15th and 19th respectively.
“It was a great team effort and by far the best the team has raced all year,” said Timberlane coach Mark Behan.
Astro sophs finish 2-3
The Pinkerton girls team, meanwhile, came in third despite a brilliant 2-3 finish by sophomores Morgan Sansing and Ariel Vaillancourt, who were clocked in 19:08 and 19:24 respectively. Giving further hope for the future, if not this year, was the 11th-place finish of another sophomore, Taylor Lacey.
Timberlane was paced by Lauren Oligny in 14th while Londonderry was led by sophomore Madison McKivergan in 25th.
Reggies cop two titles
It was quite a day for Greater Lawrence cross country as the boys defended its Commonwealth Conference Upper Division title, while the girls won their first-ever crown, surging to the CAC Lower Division crown.
For the Reggie boys, it was a case of redemption. They had lost to Greater Lowell in a dual meet just over a week ago, but they came on strong to win by nine points.
Yosvaldy Tejeda defended his individual title, winning in 16:43 over 3.1 miles, which was 40 seconds faster than last year, while Miguel Cumba, Dylan Colon and Saul Ortega came in 3-5-7. But the key, said coach Jay Santomassino, was the 11th-place finish of Jonathan Infante, who passed a slew of Greater Lowell runners down the stretch.
“He ran the best race of his life and was our unsung hero,” said Santomassino. “But everyone ran well. The kids were upset about losing to Greater Lowell before and they were fired up.”