Boys Cross Country team wins state championship, girls team finishes second
Capping off an outstanding season of cross country at Concord-Carlisle High School, the boys team won the Division 1 All State Championship on Sunday, November 18, at Stanley Park in Westfield. On a cold day with extensive snow cover throughout the course, the team posted a score of 73 points (the score consists of the combined finish rankings of the top five runners from the team). This put them ahead of the second place team, Wellesley (80 points) and the third place team, Lexington (100 points). The 20 top teams in the state competed for the state title in a field that featured a total of 180 runners.
The victorious boys cross-country team won it all this year. Displaying their trophy and banner are (left to right) Coach Stephen Lane, William Chaffin, Matt Kleiman, Alex Ehrenthal, Christopher Ratcliffe, Josh Pixley, Will Crounse, James Boyle, Caleb Cramer, Marco Kovacevic, Aiden Ih and Coach Mary McCabe. (Courtesy photo)
The individual results of the CCHS runners were as follows: Alex Erhrenthal, senior, 3rd place, 16:39. 21; Matthew Kleiman, senior, 4th place, 16:40. 87; William Chaffin, junior, 11th place, 16:53. 20: William Crouse, junior, 20th place, 17:20. 80; Chris Ratcliffe, senior, 35th place, 17:32. 41; Joshua Pixley, sophomore, 42nd place, 17:39. 21; and Marko Kovacevic, sophomore, 69th place, 18:08. 39. Note that these rankings indicate the runners’ finish among the runners from teams qualifying for the team competition.
This win capped off an outstanding year for the boys team, which finished first in the DCL Championships, first in the Eastern Massachusetts MIAA championships,* and finally first in the Massachusetts All State championships. Game, set and match!
The girls team put forth a spirited effort in attempting to defend the All State Championship that they won last year. Coming into the state final, the girls had also won the DCL championship and had placed third in this year’s Eastern Massachusetts MIAA championships. They were primed to give it their all at states. In the All State race the team posted a score of 121 points which left them narrowly in second place, just short of the first place team from Natick that scored 113 points. Runner-up at the all state championships in a field of 20 teams and 177 runners is a truly remarkable accomplishment, however, and the girls should be extremely proud of their results this year.
The individual results of the CCHS runners were as follows: Emma Kerimo, sophomore, 5th place, 19:27. 46; Iris Bergman, sophomore, 20th place, 20:25. 28; Nora Johnson, sophomore, 21st place, 20:28. 61; Ellen Su, senior, 36th place, 21:04. 21; Sophie Gower, freshman, 39th place, 21:09. 48; Abby Mueller, junior, 55th place, 21:30. 42; and Grace Jennings, senior, 86th place, 22:14. 39.
Noting that four members of the boys team and five members of the girls team are underclassmen, it seems that we may well see continued superior results from these teams in coming years.
The 2018 CCHS girls cross-country team narrowly missed first place at the state meet.
Congratulations are in order for these outstanding athletes; the large number of other cross country teammates who support and push them; their outstanding coaches, Steve Lane, Hanna Bruno and Mary McCabe; and the parents and family who support all of the runners and sustain them through the extensive training involved with this sport.
A special recognition should be given to Coach Steve Lane in winning the State Championship in this, his final season. This was his first cross country state championship at CCHS and was certainly a memorable season for him.
*Please note that in last week’s issue it was reported that the boys team finished second at the Eastern Mass championships. This was incorrect, they actually finished first. The MIAA (Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association) had erroneously posted the incorrect results and subsequently corrected them. We apologize for the error.
In the photo of the three CCHS cross country runners on page 8 of last week’s paper, the photographer was identified to us as Kristin Nelson. We have subsequently learned that the photographer was actually Bennet Ih. ∆