The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 19, 2010


Record number of runners turn out for Carlisle cross-country season

On your mark, get set, go! The Carlisle boys team surges to the front in a meet against the Blanchard Middle School. (Courtesy photo)

With 105 runners representing grades five through eight, the Carlisle cross-country team had the largest turn- out in the history of the program! With strong and record-breaking performances from all of the runners, the boys and girls teams had a very successful season. The boys finished the regular season with a record of five wins and only one loss. The girls ended the season at three and three. All of our runners improved their times over the course of the season and supported each other during practice and at meets. Special recognition goes to Thomas Ratcliffe for taking first place in every meet this season including the Carlisle invitational. All of our runners represented our school and our community with great pride at home and away.

The annual Carlisle Cross-Country Invitational hosted by Great Brook Farm State Park, was a huge success this year with a record 768 runners representing 21 schools. The boys team placed second out of 19 schools with the girls finishing in eighth place.

Thank you to our many parent volunteers who manned the course and supported our runners. Thank you to the Carlisle Police Department for directing traffic and ensuring the safety of our runners. Special thanks go to Steve Carlin, of Great Brook Farm State Park, and his staff for their unprecedented support.

For the first time in the history of the program, members of the Carlisle cross-country team participated in the state championship invitational on Saturday, November 6, in Tewksbury. The boys team placed fourth out of 38 schools and our girls finished 16th out of 25. Many of our runners also participated in individual grade level races. We look forward to building this event into our regular schedule next year. ∆

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