EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 30, 2013

Boys Cross Country All-Stars: Astros Parent enjoyed breakout campaign

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Name School Yr.

Yosvaldy Tejeda Gr. Lawrence Jr.

Damon Kilgore Londonderry Sr.

Jeff Reddy Methuen Soph.

Martin Conrad North Andover Jr.

*Phil Parent Pinkerton Sr.

Tom Hanlon Pinkerton Soph.

Liam Kimball Timberlane Soph.

* Eagle-Tribune MVP

Yosvaldy Tejeda

Greater Lawrence Junior

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Commonwealth Conference champion. Undefeated in CAC meets for second straight year. Won State Voke Meet with 16:37 for 5K at Wrentham. Broke his own home course record (15:58, 3.06 miles). Finished 6th in EMass. Division 4 meet to become first Reggie in 25 years to qualify for All-State. Led Reggies to 9-1 record and CAC meet title. Avid boxer.

Damon Kilgore

Londonderry Senior

Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Finished 14th in Manchester Invitational Elite Division with a 16:22 at 5K Derryfield Park. Came in 11th at Division 1 meet and 16th at Meet of Champions. Has top time indoors of 9:16 for 3K, 4:34.55 for 1,600 meters. Won Lundgren 5K race last summer. Won student art contest in Boston as junior. Youth leader at Londonderry Christian church.

Jeff Reddy

Methuen Sophomore

Made dramatic jump from promising freshman year. Won six dual meets. All-MVC. Placed ninth in EMass. Division 1 meet in 16:16 at Wrentham’s 5K course. Placed 27th at Division 1 All-States (15:16.33, 2.9 miles). One of five talented running siblings whose names all begin with J. His brother Jared was Eagle-Tribune MVP in 2009 while Justin runs at UMass Lowell.

Martin Conrad

North Andover Junior

Transfer from Pennsylvania made immediate impact. Got stronger with every meet. Finished sixth in MVC with 5K time of 16:37 and also took sixth at Battle of the Border meet. Finished fourth at State Coaches Meet. Came in ninth at EMass Division 2 meet with fine 16:02 for 5K. Moved to United States from Germany at age 6. Bilingual. Avid snowboarder. Team MVP.

Tom Hanlon

Pinkerton Sophomore

Area’s surprise of the year. Went from JV runner to No. 2 man for Division 1 champs. Started year by running impressive 16:49 at 5K Manchester Invitational. Placed 12th at Division 1 meet in 16:44 and 18th at Meet of Champions. “He was Mr. Consistency which is pretty good for a sophomore,” said coach Mike Clark. Brother Patrick runs in 8th grade and father runs half-marathons.

Liam Kimball

Timberlane Sophomore

Breakout season for youngest of four children of former Timberlane great Mark Kimball. Finished seventh at Division 1 meet with personal-best 16:37 on 5K Derryfield course. Finished 25th at Meet of Champions to become first Timberlane boy to qualify for the New England Meet since 1999. Finished 16th in rugged Brown Invitational. Named to New Hampshire All-Division 1 team.

Parent states his case

When Phil Parent didn’t even make the Pinkerton cross country team as a freshman and sophomore, he assumed an “I’ll show you” attitude.

That is exactly what he did.

After a so-so junior campaign, Parent came on like gangbusters this year.

Parent began the year by placing first at the Mount Washington Invitational and he just kept getting better and better. He also won the Nashua South Invitational and took an eighth in the Manchester Invitational Elite division with a fine 16:11 clocking for 5K at Derryfield Park.

Despite a back ailment, he led the Astros to the Division 1 state title with a gutty ninth-place finish. Then he placed seventh at the Meet of Champions in 16:06 and completed his season on a high note with a 16:10 personal-best time at Derryfield, good for 31st at New Englands.

He will be missed for more than his considerable running talents.

“He was an absolute pleasure to have on the team,” said Astros coach Mike Clark. “He had a sense of humor that brought many a laugh to the team. Every day he would sport a different look with his sunglass wear.”

Honorable Mention All-Stars

Andover — Max Galat, Sr.; Alex Bensley, Jr.; Rob Perry, Sr.

Brooks — Joe St. Cyr, Sr.

Central Catholic — Mark Brooks, Sr.; Andrew Devaney, Sr.

Georgetown — Tom Mulligan, Sr.; Casey Reale, Jr.

Greater Lawrence — Miguel Cumba, Jr.; Dylan Colon, Soph.

Haverhill — Chris White, Jr.; Juan Lopez, Sr.; Alex Zylkuski, Sr.

Lawrence — Edward Quezada, Jr.

Londonderry — Chris Zaino, Frosh.; Grant McAuliffe, Sr.

Methuen — Cam Pavao, Jr.; Matt Marchand, Jr.; Devin Allen, Jr.

North Andover — Zach Frahlich, Jr.; Chris Lord, Jr.

North Reading — Jake O’Connell, Jr.; Eli Spicer, Sr.

Pelham — Bryce Blanchard, Soph.

Pentucket — Alex Demeule, Jr.; Drew Capener, Jr.; Sam Coppola, Soph.

Phillips Academy — Paul McGovern, Jr.

Pinkerton — Nick Sevilla, Soph.; Connor Kwiecien, Sr.

PMA — Sean Toomey, Frosh.

Salem — Joe Settineri, Jr.; Sean Bolvin, Jr.; Alex Fredette, Sr.

Sanborn — Colin Cooper, Jr.; Colby Butler, Sr.

Timberlane — Peter Saviano, Jr.; James Busi, Jr.

Whittier — Jackson Galoski, Jr.; Kyle Madden, Jr.

Windham — Brandon Bielinski, Jr.; Peter Caron, Soph.; Nick Khoury, Jr.

Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs

2012: Mike O’Donnell, Methuen; 2011: Tony Anzivino, Pinkerton; 2010: Kevin MacPherson, Pinkerton; 2009: Jared Reddy, Methuen; 2008: Chris Pietrocarlo, Pinkerton; 2007: Eric McDonald, Pentucket; 2006: Pat Fullerton, Haverhill; 2005: Jared Samuel, Londonderry; 2004: Vinny Olsen, Londonderry; 2003: Erik Donohoe, Masconomet; 2002: Phil Shaw, Andover; 2001: Matt Haley, Masconomet;

2000: Patrick Moulton, Pelham; 1999: David Barrett, Londonderry; 1998: Brian Astell, Pinkerton; 1997: Todd Swenson, Londonderry; 1996: Joe Letourneau, Londonderry; 1995: Jason Vanderhoof, Timberlane; 1994: John Mortimer, Londonderry and Matt Downin, Pinkerton; 1993: John Mortimer, Londonderry; 1992: John Stanley, Pinkerton; 1991: Peter Wefers, North Andover; 1990: Creaghan Trainor, Central; 1989: Tom McColley, Haverhill