Pinkerton’s boys cross country team was full of pancakes yesterday but, after the race, was full with yet another title at the Mt. Washington Invitational.
Prior to what Pinkerton coach Mike Clark was led to believe was a noon start, the Astros had more than their share of pancakes, But when they arrived at the course, they found out the race was set to begin closer to 11 o’clock.
“This was truly a show and go,” said Clark. “The kids had no time to warm up and had to go right into it. It was tough, but they did a great job with pancakes in their bellies.”
The consumption didn’t seem to matter as Pinkerton grabbed six of the top 10 spots to win Mt. Washington for the seventh straight year with 24 points. Merrimack Valley was runner-up with 44 points.
Patrick Chabot led Pinkerton with a 17:51 on the demanding 5K course, followed in the next two places by Sean Kopetz (18:01) and Chris Poggi (18:02). Connor Kwiecien (18:15), Joe Poggi (18:18) and Owen Clark (18:22) coming in 7-8-10. It was Joe Poggi’s first varsity race.
“It was a good performance by the kids and, based on this meet, our pack is back,” said Clark.
Hillie girls impress
Haverhill’s girls cross country team made a promising opening statement at the Clipper Relays yesterday morning.
The Hillies’ top three-person relay team of Jackie Solimine, Riley Gilmore and Haylee Krenzer finished second overall in a field of 180 teams with a combined time of 36:51, less than a minute behind powerhouse Peabody. It was also 25 seconds better than Lowell, which was ranked above the Hillies in the preseason.
Andover’s top relay team of Sarah Rothman, Meghan McPhee and Leila Aruri girls also had a strong season debut, finishing fifth overall in 37:53. Leila Aruri had the best 2-mile split, a 12:07. Timberlane’s top threesome of Hannah Kimball (12:27), Kate Estep (12:30) and Lauren Oligny (13:49) turned in a 38:46.
“It was a good start and we’re happy to have a team in the top three,” said Haverhill coach Mike Maguire. “Haylee got us out pretty good with Jackie and Riley really closing things up really well — they’ve worked hard this summer and it shows.
“There were encouraging signs among other legs that we had spread out among the other teams, Kristy Robertson, and a pair of freshmen, Alexia Tsantarliotis and Jillian Lemieuex ran particularly well. Hopefully we build on today and can create something special.”
In the boys meet, Lowell’s top threesome of Mike Kalenoski, Nick McArdle and Pat Coppinger ran first in a course record 30:02. The same three runners won last year. Lexington finished second with a 30:39 for its top relay team, followed by surprising Tewksbury (30:41) and the host Clippers.
Methuen’s best relay team finished 13th out of 208, led by Mike O’Donnell’s 2-mile time of 9:46 and complemented by Matt Marchand’s 10:45. The Rangers also had another team finished 18th, paced by Cam Pavao’s 10:34. Haverhill’s top relay was paced by Christian White’s time of 10:40.
Londonderry girls impress
The Londonderry girls showed their stunning depth yesterday by rolling to first at the Souhegan Relays. The Lancers had the fastest three-person relay and had three of the top four relay teams to roll to first place with just eight points.
Pinkerton, led by the runner-up relay threesome of Ariel Vailencourt, Haley McMullen and standout Felicia Dowling, was second with 15 points. Dowling paced the Astros to a time of 53:42, which was 47 seconds behind Londonderry’s top threesome.
Windham girls 3rd
The Windham girls finished third in the Hollis-Brookline Invitational, led by Kate Farrell and Emma Boyd, who finished fifth and sixth respectively. In the boys meet, which was dominated by Oyster River, the Windham boys came in sixth, led by sophomore Brandon Bielinski, who was 11th overall. Sanborn came in eighth.