Billerica Maintains Its Pace with Runner-up Finish
WRENTHAM -- After easily winning the Merrimack Valley Conference Championship Meet two weeks ago, Billerica head coach Cullen Hagan said that in order for the Indians to capture a Division 2 EMass title, his team had to go through the likes of three extremely talented and deep teams -- Concord-Carlisle, Natick and Wellesley.
Yesterday afternoon at the Wrentham Development Center, the Indians were able to get past two of those teams, but fell to Natick by three points to finish as the runner-up in the Division 2 Girls Cross Country Championships.
“We knew going into this meet that it was going to be really close, with the top four teams in the state all in our race,” said Hagan. “We would not have been surprised to place anywhere between first and fourth, and it was good for us to see where we stood against the other programs. We definitely have things to work on and things we can improve going into next week’s All-State Meet in Westfield. We look forward to facing the best teams again.”
Natick finished with 72 points, followed by Billerica at 75 and then Concord-Carlisle and Wellesley. Chelmsford was also in the division and finished 21st.
Billerica had five of the top 24 place-finishers, with two taking home medals, Nicole Anderson, who was fifth at 19:09 and Hannah Doherty, who was ninth at 19:20. Coming behind them were Danielle Sullivan (18th, 19:39), Sam Maffeo (19th, 19:50) and Deidre Anderson (24th, 19:59).
In the Division 1 race, Lowell finished in eighth place as a team. The Red Raiders were led by junior Asaliah Mirambeaux, who was 7th at 19:34 which advances her to next Sunday’s All-State Meet to be held at Stanley Park in Westfield.
“It’s a little disappointing because we have qualified for the All-States as a team every year since 2011,” said head coach Mary Beth McKenney-Finn. “But we have had a few injuries which has set us back a little this season. All in all, we have a very young team and I am more than happy with their efforts this season.”
The other four runners for Lowell included senior Lindsey Ahern (32nd, 20:41), sophomore Kalei Sam (46th, 20:55), senior Annie Rizos (48th, 20:55.7) and sophomore Anna Woodlock (55th, 21:03).
Also in D1, Westford was 14th behind the performance of junior Carrie Turcott, who was 28th at 20:36.0.
In Division 3, Tewksbury finished seventh as a team. The Redmen were led by sophomore Makayla Paige, who was sixth at 19:19.8 and was followed by senior Lily Robinson (26th, 20:30.9), sophomore Isabelle Carleton (34th, 20:42.8) and senior Devyn Veits (41st, 20:57.5), who all finished within the top 50.
In Division 4, Wilmington was 17th as Gianna Misuraca was the top finisher for the team coming in 37th at 21:28.8. In Division 5, Dracut’s Nadia Cathcart was 18th at 20:33.7.
Then in Division 6, Innovation Academy had Katie Ryan (7th, 21:39.6) and Annalyse Talbot (15th, 22:02.8) leading the way and Lowell Catholic’s top duo included Caitlin Tully, who was 20th at 22:11.5 and Hannah Nangle, 40th at 23:08.5. Academy of Notre Dame was 15th as a team behind the efforts of Kate Conrad (47th, 23:21.5) and Annabell Fandozzi (69th, 24:37.3).