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November 29, 2009

CAREER YEAR

Poretta finishes 15th at Northeast Regionals

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Pentucket cross country coach Todd Ruland said running so hard at the Division 2 all-state meet last week may have cost her at the Northeast championships. However, Ruland said the Sachem star's hard work over four years paid off this year with so many marvelous accomplishments, including winning the Bob McIntyre Bay State Invitational by 45 seconds, winning the Cape Ann League championship by 54 seconds and just a week ago winning the Division 2 All-State meet.

"She accomplished everything she wanted to accomplish over the last four years," Ruland said. "That's a testament to this year's work and how seriously she's taken (running) and how hard she's worked the last four years. When you get down (to New York) and run against the elite, to come in 15th place is mind-boggling."

Despite not meeting her toughest critic's expectations in Long Island — namely herself — Poretta said finishing 15th was still pretty special.

"I think this season turned out pretty well," Poretta said. "I'm happy because I think I've had a pretty decent season, and to finish in top 15 (at the Northeast regionals) is nothing to be too disappointed in."

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