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September 15, 2013

Prep Girls Cross Country: McGovern a key for Phillips

Brooks

2012 season: 14th Division 3 N.E. Prep

Returning lettermen: Atlee Quarrier, Sr.; Hannah Buttress, Sr., North Andover; Shannon Alvino, Sr., West Newbury; Molly Depew, Sr.; Renu Mukherjee, Jr., North Andover; Annie Payson, Soph.; Emmarie Toppan, Soph.

Newcomers: Megan Quinn, Sr., Andover; Anna Worcester, Sr.; Cata Robert. Sr.; Olivia Pearson, Jr.; Kate Davies, Jr., Andover; Jackie Vieira, Jr., Andover; Monica Abou-Ezzi, Soph., North Andover; Kenza Bouanane, Frosh.

Candidates: 25

Captains: Shannon Alvino, Molly Depew, Hannah Buttress

N.E. Prep Division 3: 40. Molly Depew, 74. Emmarie Toppan

Assistants: Caroline Hannache

Odds and ends: Brooks was winless last year and won just one meet two years ago. ... This is one of the biggest squads in Brooks history, padded by six players who have switched over from soccer. ... Freshman Kenza Bouanane is coming off a strong track campaign. ... Sophomore Monica Abou-Ezzi is a standout in crew. ... French/math teacher Caroline Hannache takes over for Bill Napolitano as an assistant. ... Sophomore Emmarie Toppan has improved her 5K time an impressive four minutes in one year.

Coach Don Cameron (21st year): “I think we’ll be a heck of a lot more competitive. We’ll have our top five within a minute. Last year it was four minutes and that killed us.”

Phillips

2012: 3rd at Division 1 N.E. Prep

Returning lettermen: Campbell Howe, Sr.; Graydon Tope, Sr.; Anoush Shehadeh, Jr.; Evelyn Tackett, Jr.; Qiqi Ren, Jr.; Peyton McGovern, Soph., Methuen; Parker Tope, Soph.

Promising newcomers: Sharon Zhang, Soph.

Candidates: 35

Captains: Graydon Tope

N.E. Prep Division 1: 1. Anoush Shehadeh, 23. Peyton McGovern

Assistants: Nancy Lang, Rachel Asher, Suzanne Torabi

Odds and ends: After finishing eighth two years ago, Phillips moved up five spots last year in the Division 1 NE Prep meet. ... Anoush Shehadeh emerged as one of the top runners in the East last year. ... Newcomer Sharon Zhang ran a sub-20 minute 5K in Portland, Ore. ... Head coach Rebecca Hession is mighty busy when not coaching — she is the mother of a 2-year-old and 2-month-old.

Coach Rebecca Hession (2nd year): “I think we reestablished ourselves last year and I’m confident we’ll be in the mix again.”

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