Knox now at NMH
Tyler Knox, who finished second in New England at 106 pounds as a Pentucket freshman last year, has transferred to Northfield Mount Hermon, where he will repeat his freshman year. Knox, the reigning Daily News Wrestling MVP who trains at Smitty’s Barn, was 49-1 last year with 38 pins and had 90 wins in just two years.
Francoeur wins Lagowitz title
Amesbury’s Chris Francoeur dominated the field to win the individual title at this weekend’s Alex Lagowitz Memorial Tournament at Colgate University, taking first place with a seven-under 209 for the weekend. Francoeur, the former St. John’s Prep standout who is now junior on the University of Rhode Island golf team, shot 71, 70 and 68 in the three-round tournament, and his third-round 68 was the only sub-70 round on the final day of the tournament.
“Chris was in total command of his game this weekend,” said URI coach Gregg Burke. “This was a dominating performance. He has begun to understand how good he can be.”
Runner of the Week
Former Pentucket cross country standout Taylor Walsh was recently honored as the Little East Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. The Groveland resident, who is a junior at UMass Dartmouth, earned the honor after placing eighth overall at the Fitchburg State Jim Sheehan Memorial Invitational. Walsh chopped a full 1:13 off her time from last year on the 5K course, running a time of 19:40 to finish near the front of the field of 126 runners. In doing so, she helped lead the Corsairs to a fifth-place team finish.
Former Triton cross country great Liam Gay-Killeen made his season debut for Saint Michael’s men’s cross country, leading the Purple Knights by placing 14th overall at the Shacklette Invitational at Saint Anselm College. Gay-Killeen was the first Saint Michael’s runner across the finish, completing the 8K course in 29:34.51. It was his first race since last year’s Shacklette Invitational, where he also finished as the team’s top finisher.
Abel climbing ranks
Amesbury’s Brian Abel turned in one of the top performances in the history of the Penn State Brandywine men’s cross country program this weekend, running an 8K time of 28:18 at the Lebanon Valley Dutchmen Cross Country Invitational, the third-fastest time in program history. Abel’s time was good for 32nd overall out of 161 runners, helping lead the team to a sixth-place finish out of 14 teams.