2011 Boys Cross Country All-Stars
Alex SullivanNorth AndoverSenior
* — Eagle-Tribune MVP
Andover — Mike Maldari, Junior; Mark Waller, Senior; Evan Gaj, Senior; Charlie Schleifer, Senior
Brooks — Sawyer Rogers, Junior
Central Catholic — Tim Allen, Senior; Dan O'Connell, Junior; Adam Gidley, Senior
Georgetown — Dylan McFadden, Senior
Greater Lawrence — Felix Marte, Senior; Hansel Santo-Lara, Junior
Haverhill — Michael McNaughton, Senior; Evan Opolski, Senior
Lawrence — Bryan Vargas, Senior
Londonderry — Andreas Geiger, Senior; J.R. Winn, Senior
Methuen — Lucas Parsons, Senior; Conor Clark, Senior
North Andover — Greg MacArthur, Senior; Jacob Johns, Junior; Max Almano, Senior
North Reading — Tyler Reiss, Soph.; Eli Spicer, Soph.
Pelham — Steve Hammar, Senior; Jake Wormald, Junior; Brian O'Hearn, Junior
Pentucket — Tom Labrecque, Junior; Joe Labrecque, Junior
Phillips Academy — James Hamilton, Senior
Pinkerton — Chris Poggi, Junior; Sean Kopetz, Junior
Salem — Joe Settineri, Frosh.; Mitch Dutton, Junior
Sanborn — Shane Waters, Junior
Timberlane — Dana Aylward, Junior; James Busi, Frosh.; Peter Saviano, Frosh.
Whittier — Jake Dushame, Senior
Windham — Colby Putnam, Senior; Brandon Bielinski, Frosh.
Won eight of nine dual meets. Repeat All-MVC runner. Finished second in MVC meet in 16:16 for 5K, a second faster than ex-Andover great Simon Voorhees ran as a senior. Came in ninth in rugged Catholic Memorial meet, fifth in EMass. Division 1 meet (16:23, 3.1 miles) and 43rd at Division 1 States (16:49, 3.1 miles). His older sister was a starter on the basketball team. His father played football at BC.
DEVEREUX GEIGER, Londonderry Senior
Part of dynamic twin combination, with brother Andreas, that led Lancers to best season in years, finishing second at Division 1 state meet by one point. Had "race of his life" according to coach Matt Smith, to help stun Pinkerton in Mack Plaque race. Peaked with sensational race in Division 1 States, grabbing team-best eighth in 16:29 for 3.1 miles at Derryfield. He's actually a triplet. Devereux is also a talented pianist.
MITCH SROKA, Londonderry Senior
Smooth runner with effortless stride and strong finishing kick. Led Lancers to stunning defeat of Pinkerton at Mack Plaque race. Finished 13th at Division 1 state meet with 16:34 for 5K at rugged Derryfield Park. First Londonderry finisher at Meet of Champions (26th overall), with a 16:24.0 for 5K. "Mitch is a talented runner who had a great year and can keep getting better," said coach Matt Smith.
MIKE O'DONNELL, Methuen Junior
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Only junior on this year's team. Won all but one dual meet. Became first non-senior to win MVC meet. Placed fourth in Division 1 EMass. meet in 16:03 at 5K Franklin Park course. Came in eighth at Division 1 All-State meet with a 15:58.31 at Franklin Park. That's a Franklin Park record for the historically strong Rangers. Brimming with potential. Ran a 1:57.74 800 and a 4:25.74 mile last spring.
ALEX SULLIVAN, North Andover Senior
Bounced back from injury-plagued spring track season to become top runner in Cape Ann League. Undefeated in dual meets. Set course records at Harold Parker State Park (his home course) and Triton. Finished first by 15 seconds at CAL Open, winning in 16:23 for 3.0 miles. Finished fourth at EMass. Division 4 meet in 16:47 at 5K Franklin Park despite symptoms of stress fracture that kept him out of All-States.
GRANT LANGEVIN, Pinkerton Senior
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Saved his best for last. Finished fourth at Meet of Champions with 15:55.4 for 5K at Nashua and earned all-New England honors by coming in 24th at New England Meet (16:24, 3.1 miles). Beat teammate and Eagle-Tribune MVP Tony Anzivino with a seventh at the Mt. Washington Invitational. "Grant came through big time for us this year and just had a fabulous season," said coach Mike Clark.
BEN DUTTON, Salem Senior
Repeat Eagle-Tribune All-Star. Built on breakthrough junior season. Came in sixth at Division 1 state meet (16:24 on Derryfield's 5K course), and 11th at Meet of Champions. Came in 30th at New England as third best local finisher in 16:32 for 5K. His brother, Mitch, finished 46th at Division 1 meet. Co-captain. Year-round runner. "Ben was very consistent all year," said coach Jason Thibodeau.
Puzzle solved for Astros' Anzivino
Once the puzzle was solved, Pinkerton senior Tony Anzivino was back on track.
Stymied by a mysterious energy drain and late-race collapses as a junior, Anzivino was finally diagnosed with high-gluten intolerance. A change in his diet took care of the problem.
Then, Anzivino went to work on putting together an outstanding senior season to become our 2011 MVP, the third Pinkerton runner to earn that honor in the last four years.
He finished second in the Manchester Invitational Elite race, ran a sizzling 15:45 for 3.1 miles in the Mack Plaque race and was runner-up in the Division 1 state meet with a 16:08 on the challenging Derryfield Park 5K course. He capped his season with a 21st at the New England meet.
The four-year standout is also accomplished on the track, running 9:22.87 in the 3,200 meters last year. The Moynihan Student-Athlete of the Month for September, he is ranked 11th in a class of 670 students and hopes to compete for an Ivy League school and study pre-med.
Highly coachable and a terrific leader and role model, he was called "one of the best all-around kids I've ever coached" by 30th-year Astro coach Mike Clark.
Former Eagle-Tribune MVPs
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
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