Methuen Rangers Boys Cross Country '17

Champion Sachems devour competition

WRENTHAM — Next week, the Capital Grille! 
Coach Darrel Cox and the Pentucket boys cross country team had the time of their lives at Fuddruckers in Reading, celebrating another championship.
This was big ... the Eastern Mass. Division 5 title.
"If we win (Division 2) All-States, we'll go to some place real nice," said Cox.
The boys deserve wherever they want to go after what Cox called "the highlight of my career, absolutely."
Cox is in his 13th year at Pentucket and "about his 23rd year" as a cross country coach overall.
Pentucket outdueled Norwell by a wafer-thin 3-point margin (83-86) with Cape Ann League rival Triton in third (114 points).
Norwell went 1-2 over the 3.1-mile Wrentham Development Center course. But after the big 2 of Steven O'Driscoll (16:14.51) and Andrew Corbett (16:19.77), the Clippers couldn't match the Sachems' depth and balance.
The five scorers were: 3. Peter Lopatta 16:22.45, 7. Sam Stys 16:34.70, 12. Nick Murphy 16:51.87, 30. David Gangemi 17:27.40, 31. Colin Costa 17:28.37
Cox (or the Pentucket Boosters) had better be saving up because this group could be eating a lot of celebratory meals in the upcoming years. Lopata, Stys and Gangemi are sophomores and Costa is a freshman. Murphy is a senior but the 31st and 32nd runners in the 165-runner/24-team field were Sachem juniors Will Coppola (17:31.00) and Anthony Accardi (17:31.21).
Eagle-Tribune records reveal the Sachem boys last won an EMass title a quarter century ago. That was the EMass. D4 championship team in 1992. Back then there were only four divisions. 
Cox gave special kudos to Stys and Murphy.
Stys had placed sixth at the Cape Ann League meet (although the CAL is a terrific cross country league) and now took seventh in a major EMass. meet.
"Sam ran the race of his life," said Cox. "The sixth in the league was the second best of his life."
As for Murphy, Cox said, "Nick sacrificed in the early-season races. He was clear-cut No. 1. He'd stay back and run with them (the younger runners) and give them more and more confidence. He's not downtrodden. He's happy for them."
Next week the D2 State Meet is back in Wrentham.
Coach, bring your wallet.
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Boys Cross Country, 11/20/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

May takes 8th in MVC

Lowell totally dominated the MVC boys cross country meet, placing five of the top seven on the varsity level and 12 of the top 14 in the JV meet, but Haverhill junior Keith May broke up the Raiders a little bit.
May had his best race of the season and took sixth overall in 16:15 over the 5K course at Tewksbury to top all other local runners. He was two places ahead of Central's Cam Leonard and three ahead of Raider Evan Fagan. James Burger Pothier was third for the Raiders who had a strong day overall to finish second as a team. Methuen, led by Jacob St. Onge (1th( was fifth with North Andoverm lws by Jack Bicksler (17th) was sixth.
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Boys Cross Country, 10/28/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen takes 2nd


Methuen's boys took second place in the B division of the Bay State Invitational, trailing only Wakefield in the 16-team field. Sam Cook had a superb day, finishing 11th, to lead the way and Eric Salvo was 14th.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/14/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Close MVC finish


Central Catholic's boys had a huge 28-29 cross country victory over Methuen. Evan Fagan and Cam Leonard finished in the top two spots for the Raiders (6-2), but the key may have been the fifth-place finish of James Berger and the ninth-place of Mike Blanchard. Jacob St. Onge came on strong to finish third for the Rangers (7-2).

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Boys Cross Country, 10/11/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

St. Onge prevails


Jacob St. Onge pulled away from the lead pack with about 800 yards to go to finish first for Methuen to spark the Rangers (6-1) to a 26-31 win over Tewksbury. Sam Cook was a solid fourth.

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Boys Cross Country, 10/04/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars