CC teams ready for season after Hock JamboreeBy Mike Berger
Both the boys’ and girls’ CHS cross country teams will kick off the regular season this week after posting several strong individual times at the Hockomock Jamboree held last week at Borderland State Park in Easton.
Canton was due to face Sharon on Tuesday, September 11, and the first home race is scheduled for next Thursday against Oliver Ames beginning at 3:45 p.m.
The Jamboree race was a relatively short one at 1.67 miles, with the regular dual meets covering 2.5 to three miles.
Junior Amanda Eagles was the top finisher for the girls’ team at 10:41, followed by junior Courtney Loughnane (10:51), senior Eleni Papadopolous (10:58), senior Kelsey Sayers (11:14), freshman Catherine Song (11:20), junior Alyssa Wysocki (11:36), junior Michaela Kelly (11:38), and junior Kerin Sennett (11:38).
The ladies finished in fifth place right behind Sharon. “We have a lot of depth in the girls’ team,” noted first-year head coach Christa Marr. “There are 10 strong runners or more who will vie for the top seven spots throughout the season.”
She added that Eagles has looked strong throughout the preseason, along with Loughnane, Papadopolous, Sayers, and promising freshman Song.
The team captains are Sayers, McClintock, and Papadopolous, and Marr expects the team to be very strong with plenty of depth.
As for the boys’ team, Marr is expecting more of a rebuilding year but she is confident that the team will be much improved by season’s end. The boys placed 10th out of 12 teams at the Jamboree, although there were some notable performances.
The boys’ top runner was junior Joe Clancy, who finished in 9:16, followed by junior Kevin McNeil (9:18), senior Craig Mills (9:43), senior Mike Rota (9:44), junior Sam Nagel (9:48), sophomore Spencer Polsgrove (9:52), and senior Joe Sabatino (9:54).
Marr said Clancy and McNeil will likely be the team’s top two runners in the first meet of the season, and from the Jamboree she saw promising performances from veterans Mills, Rota, and Sabatino, as well as strong finishes by Nagel and Polsgrove.
“We hope to continue to see some breakout performances, such as Polsgrove’s, from some other young runners in meets to come,” said Marr.
The team’s captains are Rota, Sabatino, and senior Matt Waldman.
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