According to Hennigar, the Clipper girls ran their best race of the year, finishing third with 140 points, an average run time of 20:42, and a total team time of 1:43:29 — a significant accomplishment considering that two of the better teams in the state, Weston (1st; 53 points) and Hamilton-Wenham (2nd; 74 points), are in their Division 5 bracket.
Captain Liz Fiascone (49th; 21:22), the lone senior on the team, believes that having two of the elite teams in their bracket helped them in the long run.
“We understood how there was a strong likelihood that they’d place first and second, but we wanted to run with them and show them that we are competitive,” Fiascone said. “That desire to belong, I think that motivated us more than anything.”
Hennigar knew that his girls team had to run a near-perfect race to stay in the hunt.
“If they ran a great race, they’d have a great opportunity to finish third, and that’s exactly what they went out and did,” Hennigar said. “It was their best race of the year, and you have to love that — the best race at the best time. They did a great job.”
The top runners for the Clipper girls team were Kelly Conway (15th; 20:18), Kristin Mackie (19th; 20:26), Erin Carroll (21st; 20:27), Rachel Haley (39th; 20:59), Lillian Eagan (46th; 21:19), Fiascone (49th; 21:22), and Rose Hart (67th; 22:03).
The top finishers for the Clipper boys were Nick Carleo (4th; 16:05), Santo (8th; 16:37), Joseph Molvar (13th; 16:49), Chris Orlando (16th; 16:54), Vye (40th; 17:34), Gabriel Ficht (64th; 18:05), and Sawyer Updike (76th; 18:21).
Other River Rival Region schools that competed included the Pentucket Sachems in Division 5, whose boys team placed 11th with 266 points, while the girls team placed eighth with 301 points.
The Sachems boys team were led by Alex Demeule (25th; 17:16), Ian Mitchell (38th; 17:32), Drew Capener (63rd; 18:04), Tom Labrecque (69th; 18:13), Jeremy Binding (71st; 18:18), Devin Mckee (73rd; 18:19), and Joe Labrecque (97th; 18:45).