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November 11, 2013

Newburyport cross-country wins 3rd Division 5 title in a row

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Mixing the top times from all six divisional meets, Carleo’s time of 15:28.7 ranked fifth. Senior Paul Hogan from Burlington finished in 15:08.6, but no one else was faster than 15:24.1.

“To Nick’s credit, he was way more excited by the fact that the team did well than disappointed he didn’t win,” Hennigar said. “With some of those really talented kids, it’s the opposite.”

Elsewhere in the divisional meets, both the Amesbury boys and girls teams earned invitations to the All-State Championships for the first time in program history. Both teams placed fourth overall at the Division 6 Championships.

Julia Shorter led the Amesbury girls with a fourth-place finish (18:59). Samantha Stone (24th, 20:37), Hailee Gibadlo (42nd, 21:21), Emily Pugh (58th, 21:58) and Molly Rains (71st, 22:21) also contributed to the All-State berth.

James Worthen led the Amesbury boys in 16th place (17:13). Pat McCue (22nd, 17:36), Jim Stone (28th, 17:42), Cole Legg (37th, 17:56) and Riley O’Connor also ran officially.

“We couldn’t be happier for both teams,” Amesbury coach Ernie Bissaillon said. “Running in the Cape Ann League certainly prepares you for postseason meets like these.”

The Triton girls team narrowly missed its goal of qualifying for the All-State Championships with a fifth-place finish Saturday at the Division 5 Championships. Four teams from each division qualify for All-States. Liz Willmonton (9th, 19:19), Maddie Quigley (10th, 19:22) and Ceili Riccio (32nd, 20:33) led Triton. Willmonton and Quigley qualified to run at All-States.

“Our goal was to place top four and move on to the All-State meet next week,” Triton coach Joe Colbert said. “Unfortunately, due to an illness we were missing one of our top five girls. That said, we’re proud to have come so close despite being shorthanded. It was a great end to the best season in years for the Triton girls team.”

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