The top three teams Saturday (Lowell, Peabody and Lexington) all had three runners in before Bulger crossed the finish line. Still, it was another strong year for the Eagles, thanks largely to their West Newbury connection.
It wasn’t a great day for local teams at the EMass meets Saturday, but there were some fine individual performances, especially among the girls.
Of particular note were the All-State qualifying effort’s of Andover’s Leila Aruri (fourth) and Sarah Rothman (14th) as well as Methuen’s Marwah Haq (15th) and vastly improved junior Hannah Wunderlich (21st) in Division 1 and Central’s Tiffany Simione, who was fourth in Division 2. Simione always seems to peak late in the season.
As for Haverhill’s Riley Gilmore, who came in 19th, look for her to bounce back at All-State. She may have gone out too fast at the EMass class meet, leading the entire field for the first mile to mile and a half.
On the boys side, special credit is due for North Andover’s Marty Conrad (ninth in a strong Division field with a 16:03), Andover Max Galat (24th) and Pentucket’s Alex Demeule (14th in Div. 2 in 16:45).
Odds and ends
The top freshman in the Division 1 meet Saturday has a familiar name. He’s Peabody’s Marcelo Rocha, another relative of the great Fernando Braz. Rocha came in 15th in 16:14.6. ...
Congratulations are in order for Exeter sophomore Justin Carbone, who has a large family from the Haverhill area. Carbone made a dramatic improvement this year, coming in fourth at the Meet of Champions after being 40th as a freshman, and was 62nd last Saturday at the New England meet. ...
One is going to need a calculator to count the number of course records established by Phillips Academy star Anoush Shehadeh. She did it again Saturday with a brilliant 17:38.5 clocking for first place in the Interscholastic meet at St. Paul’s.