WEST NEWBURY — Alanna Poretta didn’t have the best of cross-country seasons this fall as a junior at Boston College.
But, the way she ran Saturday morning at the Pentucket Pride 5K Road Race, you’d never know it.
Despite running very little over the last few weeks as she recovered from a sprained hip that limited her season, Poretta breezed to first place in the women’s division in a course-record time of 18:29, more than a minute ahead of runner-up Kelly Lecours of Haverhill.
“I’m pretty happy because I’ve taken some time off and I wasn’t sure how well I’d do,” said Poretta. “I’ve been doing a lot of swimming to keep up my conditioning and it’s worked out.”
Ordinarily, Poretta might not have competed Saturday, but the Pentucket Pride race is special.
“It definitely hits close to home and it’s fun to come back here.” said Poretta. “We ran this course on pre-race days.”
With the confidence of yesterday’s performance behind her, Poretta is excited about preparing for the indoor track season, during which she’ll be competing in either the 3,000 or 5,000.
St. John’s duel
In the men’s race, St. John’s Prep juniors Liam Dow and Scott Atwood, both of West Newbury, battled for first, with Dow surging for the win in 17:21, four seconds ahead of Atwood.
Dow was the No. 1 runner this fall for the Prep, which finished fourth at the Division 1 All-State meet, and he was confident about his chances yesterday.
“I ran really well in cross-country this year, so I had a pretty good idea I might win,” said Dow, who finished third two years ago in 18:17. “It was kind of nice to come back here and see old friends.”