Now, in addition to helping the Eagles win back the league crown and qualify for All-State (top five at Eastern Mass.), Dow has revised his goals.
“I’d like to break 16:10 (in 5K), which I think I can do if I work hard, and I want to continue be the No. 1 runner on our team,” he said.
An excellent student who takes four AP classes, Dow hopes to run in college, with Dartmouth high on his wish list. At the rate he’s progressing, that wish is looking more likely all the time.
Other locals help
Dow isn’t the only local runner on the St. John’s team. Junior Scott Atwood, who didn’t run cross country until last year and is also from West Newbury, is a consistent scorer while sophomore Evan MacMullen of Haverhill is on the verge of cracking the top seven.
With the improvement of Atwood, MacMullen and others, Boyle is hoping that the Prep gets back to its usual perch in the Catholic Conference, which the Eagles have won 10 times since 1999. St. John’s was Division 1 All-State champion in 1992, 2000 and 2003 and finished second in 2001.
Mitchell steps it up
Sophomore Alex Demeule isn’t the only Pentucket boys cross country runner who has stepped it up for the 5-1 Sachems this fall. Add senior captain Ian Mitchell and sophomore Drew Capener to the list as well.
Mitchell, who is perhaps more known as a hockey player, has been particularly impressive. Barely able to crack the top five last year, he has risen to No. 2 and improved his times tremendously.
“I knew he had it in him,” said Pentucket coach Darrel Cox. “I think what has helped him was running the quarter-mile in track last spring. He was the best 400-meter runner on the team and I think that helped his running and his confidence.”