Trailing behind eventual winner Hamilton-Wenham (48 points; 19:38 avg.; 1:38:10 total), Lynnfield (91 points; 20:21 avg.; 1:41:45 total) and Masconomet (103 points; 20:42 avg.; 1:43:30 total), the Clippers were led by Kelly Conway (19th; 20:23), Erin Carroll (20th; 20:25), Kristen Mackie (23rd; 20:44), Elizabeth Fiascone (26th; 21:02), Rachel Haley (28th; 21:05), Lillian Eagan (37th; 21:40), and Rose Hart (43rd; 22:08).
Other finishes by local teams included a sixth place finish for the Triton Vikings (4-6) who notched 152 points for an average time of 21:19, and a total time of 1:46:32). The Vikings were led by Elizabeth Willmonton (15th; 20:16), Elise Mitchell (16th; 20:16), Ceili Riccio (34th; 21:34), Maureen Moore (40th; 21:46), Madison Estes (47th; 22:40), Nicole Sullivan (52nd; 23:15), and Bridget Moran (61st; 24:31).
The Pentucket Sachems (4-6) finished seventh with 169 points, an average time of 21:46, and a total time of 1:48:50. Pentucket was led by Marissa Porter (9th; 19:47), Kasey Mann (11th; 20:04), Brianna Repke (35th; 21:35), Jordan Balletto (56th; 23:25), Kristen Olsen (58th; 23:59), and Audrey Tipson (63rd; 24:57).
Also racing were the Amesbury Indians (2-8) who finished 10th with 229 points. The Indians recorded an average time of 22:57, a total time of 1:54:42, and were led by Renee Vigneault (21st; 20:37), Samantha Stone (36th; 21:38), Abby Tamburell (49th; 23:02), Emily Pugh (59th; 24:01), and Morgan Fahey (64th; 25:24).
On the boys side of the race, the Newburyport Clippers continued their winning ways by sealing up their second straight CAL Championship, and their third in the past four seasons.
The current group of Clipper seniors have tasted defeat just once in the Cape Ann League over the past four years — against Hamilton-Wenham two years back. Remarkably, they’ve gone 44-1 in the CAL since they were freshmen.
This year’s pack has been led by the inspiring running of sophomore Nick Carleo, who took the race’s overall spot with a time of 15:44.
“He’s already been voted by the area coaches as the CAL runner of the year,” Hennigar said. “That’s the third invitational meet he’s won this year. He won an invitational down in Wrentham, the Bay State Invitational in Northfield, and then the league meet (on Saturday). The only people to have beaten this year are his teammates.”