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December 10, 2013

Girls Cross Country: Pinkerton at the head of the class

Name School Yr.

Leila Aruri Andover Sr.

Tiffany Simione Central Catholic Jr.

Riley Gilmore Haverhill Sr.

Marwah Haq Methuen Sr.

Nicky Roberts North Reading Sr.

Taylor Lacey Pinkerton Soph.

*Morgan Sansing Pinkerton Soph.

*Ariel Vaillancourt Pinkerton Soph.

Lauren Oligny Timberlane Sr.

* Eagle-Tribune co-MVPs

Leila Aruri

Andover Senior

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.

Tiffany Simione

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.

Riley Gilmore

Haverhill Senior

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.

Marwah Haq

Methuen Senior

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.

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