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November 17, 2012

Solimine takes 14th

NORTHFIELD — It wasn’t the best of seasons for the Haverhill girls cross country team, but it was a fine season for senior Jackie Solimine and junior Riley Gilmore.

Solimine finished 14th in the Division 1 All-State meet yesterday with a time of 19:43.46 on the difficult 3.1-mile course at Northfield Mountain. Gilmore came in 27th at 20:07.89.

“Jackie ran a nice, steady race and she and Riley were consistent all year,” said Haverhill coach Mike Maguire. “I couldn’t have asked for a better performance meet-in and meet-out.”

Sandwiched in between the Hillie pair in 21st was Central Catholic sophomore Tiffany Simione, who continued her late-season surge with a time of 19:56.4.

Another rapidly improving sophomore, Andover’s Sarah Rothman, came in 21st in 19:56.4, while Caroline MacDonald came in 64th for Central and Andover’s Meghan McPhee was 82nd.

Peabody, led by star senior Catarina Rocha, was the Division 1 team champion with 108 points, nine fewer than runner-up Lincoln-Sudbury. Rocha was a runaway winner in 18:06.12, 45 seconds faster than runner-up Christine Davis of Acton-Boxboro.

In the Division 2 All-State meet, North Reading junior Nicole Roberts completed her strong second half of the season, as she came in 14th with an excellent time of 19:43.09 on the demanding course, just edging Solimine for the fastest time of the day. The only other local runner, Pentucket’s Marissa Porter, came in 54th at 20:41.38.

Bishop Feehan won the Division 2 team crown by 17 points over runner-up Tyngsboro with Cape Ann League power Hamilton-Wenham settling for fourth in the 19-team field.

Massachusetts All-State Meet

at Northfield (3.1 miles)

Top Division 1 team scores (19 teams): Peabody 108, Lincoln-Sudbury 117, Needham 118,

Whitman-Hanson 124, Amherst 131

agateText:Top 3 runners and top local finishers: 1. Catarina Rocha (Peabody) 18:06.12, 2. Christine Davis (A-B) 18:51.02, 3. Bryanna Allison (Lowell) 18:56.84, 14. Jackie Solimine (Haverhill) 19:43.46, 21. Tiffany Simione (Central) 19:56.54, 27. Riley Gilmore (Haverhill) 20:07.89, 37. Sarah Rothman (Andover) 20:15.86, 64. Caroline MacDonald (Central) 20:41.82, 82. Meghan McPhee (And) 20:58.52

Top Division 2 team scores (19 teams): Bishop Feehan 73, Tyngsboro 90, Weston 133, Hamilton-Wenham 153, Ursuline 218, 13. Newburyport 304

Top 3 runners and top local finishers: 1. Abbey McNulty 18:20.72, 2. Erin Dietz (Bedford) 18:31.65, 3. Kerri Keohane (Tygsboro) 18:56.03, 14, Nicole Roberts (North Reading) 19:43.09, 54. Marissa Porter (Pentucket) 20:41.38

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