Friday, November 8, 2002
Girls and boys cross country had a season of fun and improvement
The cross country team enjoyed several team victories as well as many personal successes. The team was led by captains Aaron Freedman, Patrick Brennan, Brenden Hedblom, Maia Reed and Cassidy Lane. These five were an invaluable resource as they led stretches, workouts and offered support to their teammates. The season opened with the Carlisle Invitational, which was held at Great Brook Farm State Park. This year's race had almost 350 runners from 13 teams. Seventh graders Freedman and Hedblom had great races throughout the season as Freedman led the boys team with Hedblom never far behind. Both are expected to be leaders in the Middlesex League next year. Fifth-grade newcomer Alex Japko had an impressive season. He will be a key member of the boys team next fall. Filling out the small but talented boys' team were eighth graders Sheldon Pei, Patrick Brennan, and fifth grader Marcus Kulik. Pei was a big part of the team this year as he set several personal bests and was always eager to help his teammates. Although Kulik struggled though some injuries and illness, he made huge improvements throughout the season.
On the course the girls team was led by eighth grader Olivia Cooney who placed second at the Carlisle Invitational and won most of the team's dual meets. Eighth graders Estelle Faulkner, Catherine O'Kelly, and Alexandria Alberto were regular scorers for the team. Eighth grader Amy Caruso and fifth grader Katie Hendrickson, both new to the team, offered depth to the team, which was key in some of the close wins. The team received a great boost from fifth graders Caroline Materne, Daria Koehert, Caroline Howe, and Allie Hassara. Eighth graders Cassidy Lane, Diane Lee, Deirdre Offenheiser and Maia Reed made impressive improvements during the season. While the girls team is losing many eighth graders, next year's team will be led by the dedicated trio of Arley Donovan, Elisabeth Karafotias and Danielle Judson, all of whom have made great improvements this year.
On the day of their last race, the kids wore winter hats and neckties to school to show their team spirit. They had enjoyed a season of fun, games and hard work. The team's success was seen in their improvement and their smiles.
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