All season long, Pinkerton sophomores Morgan Sansing and Ariel Vaillancourt were nearly inseparable in practice and in meets. Close enough to share Eagle-Tribune MVP honors.
Sansing finished second at the Division 1 meet in 19:08, breaking former Meet of Champions winner Ashley Morgenstern’s 8-year-old Derryfield Park 5K school record on the course. Vaillancourt was right behind in third.
At Meet of Champions, Sansing got the edge again, taking fifth, one place in front of Vaillancourt. But at the New England Meet, it was Vaillancourt who was in front, running a fine 18:27.9 for 17th place at Derryfield, smashing Sansing’s record.
Sansing came in 43rd at New England, even with a new PR of 19:02.8, helping the Astros finish ninth as a team.
Sansing, a Chester resident, came on strong as a freshman, winning the JV State Meet as a tune-up and then placing 10th as the state’s top freshman in the Div. 1 meet, while Vaillancourt saved her best for the end of her sophomore season.
A resident of Manchester whose parents and younger brother and sister all run, Vaillancourt started her high school career with a splash, running No. 1 for Pinkerton in every race but one. In one year, she improved from 20th in Division 1 to third.
Bothered by injuries last year and couldn’t run her best. Healthy again, she made up for that in a big way. Won eight of 10 dual meets, finished fourth in the MVC meet (19:23, 5K), took fourth in the EMass. Division 1 meet (18:52, 5K) and then led the area in the Division 1 All-State meet, placing 29th. Ranked in top 10 percent of her class academically.
Central Catholic Junior
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Got slow start due to concussion, but came on strong. No. 1 Central runner in every meet. Came in seventh at MVC meet. Took sixth at EMass. Division 2 race (18:44, 5K), a minute faster than her sophomore time. Second local runner in Division 1 All-State Meet. Windham resident. Year-round runner. Has run a 5:34.54 mile and an 11:40.77 2-mile.
Making her fifth appearance as an Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Came in third at Frank Kelley Invitational (19:32, 5K). Won 5K Catholic Memorial Invitational with another 19:32, this time at Franklin Park. Came in third at MVC meet and 19th at EMass. Division 1 meet. Has run an 11:09.84 2-mile, ranking her 17th all-time in area. Tri-captain. Ranked 17th in class of 410.
Made full recovery from broken leg last year. Finished second at 5K Catholic Memorial Invitational at Franklin Park (19:40), 10th at MVC Meet, 15th in EMass. Division 1 meet (19:21 for 5K) and 56th at Division 1 All-States (18:32, 2.9 miles). Three-year captain. Dedicated to Muslim faith. Wore head covering throughout career. Her sophomore sister Sarah also runs.
North Reading Senior
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Won nine of 10 dual meets, losing only to All-State Division 2 champ Olivia Lantz. Finished second at CAL Meet with 18:35 for 3.05 miles at Bradley Palmer. Placed sixth at EMass. Division 5 meet (18:52, 5K) and 12th at Division 2 All-States (17:56, 2.9 miles). Has run a 5:15.47 mile and an 11:35.78 2-mile. Twin sister Rachel also is a runner.
Finished 11th at Division 1 meet in 19:55 for 5K at Derryfield Park, an improvement of two minutes in a year. Came back two weeks later to run 19:34.5 on same course to place 72nd at New Englands. Came in 18th at Meet of Champions. “She would have been my No. 1 runner a lot of years,” said coach Amy Bernard. Member of Equestrian Club and owns her own horse.
Went from middle of the pack as a junior to No. 1 in impressive fashion. Finished 14th at Division 1 meet with 19:59 personal best at Derryfield’s 5K course. Came back the next week with terrific 19:16 for 16th at Meet of Champions. Year-round runner. Has worked part-time at Heavenly Donuts for years. Ranked 46th in class of 348. Brother Jordan runs on boys team.
Honorable Mention All-Stars
Andover — Sarah Rothmann, Jr.; Cate Donovan, Jr.; Chantal Kellerd, Soph.
Central Catholic — Avery Hayes, Jr.
Georgetown — Kylie Hayward, Frosh.; Jackie Simmons, 7th grade
Greater Lawrence — Carmen Rivera, Jr.; Heidi Hernandez, Soph.; Danisa Medina, Sr.
Haverhill — Samantha Wise, Sr.; Jillian Lemieux, Soph.; Jenna Solimine, Soph.
Lawrence — Leanna Pham, Sr.
Londonderry — Madison McKivergan, Soph.; Courtney Guay, Soph.
Methuen — Hannah Wunderlich, Jr.; Jordan Hanson, Jr.
North Andover — Danielle Voke, Sr.; Katelyn Thomas, Sr.; Courtney Holland, Sr.; Mia Drury, Soph.
North Reading — Rachel Roberts, Sr.
Pelham — Shaylyn Harrington, Soph.
Pentucket — Kasey Mann, Sr.; Emma Marchant, Sr.
Phillips Academy — Peyton McGovern, Soph.
Pinkerton Academy — Danika Ashness, Sr.; Haley McMullen, Sr.
PMA — Sydney Moran, Sr.
Salem — Lauren MacMillan, Soph.
Sanborn — Jillian Coutu, Soph.
Timberlane — Caryn Ojemann, Jr.
Whittier — Corinne Bilodeau, Jr.; Anyelina Martinez, Jr.
Windham — Kristen Tilley, Jr.; Lindsay Maffei, Sr.
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
2012 — Jackie Solimine, Haverhill; 2010-11 — Maggie Mullins, Andover; 2009 — Alanna Poretta, Pentucket; 2007-08, 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