The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 26, 1999


Boys Cross-Country barrels through to season's best

As the fall sports season warmed up, the Concord-Carlisle boys cross country team took to the trails, having no idea that the season which lay ahead would be one of the finest in Concord-Carlisle's history. The team drilled and trained under the watchful eye of Coach Steve Lane, who had no illusions about his team's power. Once into the competition cycle, the team, led by captains Jesse Woods and Brendan Kemeza, no longer doubted its speed, and the runners soon found themselves 3—0 in the Dual County League (DCL). The boys varsity team continued to barrel through its competition, entering the DCL Championship Meet at 6—2, losing only to Westford and Newton-South, two of the strongest teams in the state. At the championship, the varsity team surged to an amazing second place finish, beating Westford by one point.

The junior varsity team, having gone undefeated through the entire season, capped off the meet with a crushing first place victory.

The season was not to end there, as the varsity moved on to the Eastern Mass. Championship meet. Plagued by the unexpected loss of their two best runners, the boys varsity team made a valiant effort but finished up seventh, missing All-State qualification by two positions.

Regardless of this disappointment, the season marked one of the finest in CCHS cross-country history. Congratulations go out to the seniors of the team: Jesse Woods, Brendan Kemeza, Phil Webster, Sean Walsh, Andy Hines, Jason Soleau, and Luke Woods. In addition, the team would like to thank the outstanding efforts of Sean Carroll-Cronin and Peter Vigneron who helped make the varsity season so successful, and the junior varsity team for their amazing undefeated season. Most importantly, thanks go out to Coach Steve Lane. He is the heart and soul of the cross-country team and without him none of this would have been possible.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito