October 27th (Tuesday) – At Woodsom Farm in Amesbury, I saw the Newburyport boys’ cross country team complete an undefeated (12-0) season in the Cape Ann League.
Host Amesbury provided little opposition, in fact the way the Clipper runners were grouped together; it looked like a training exercise especially at the front.
The local paper, which I suspect viewed the race from Liberty Street, had all the runners finishing in first in some sort of blanket finish. My photo, taken at the finish line, would suggest otherwise. The winner was clearly Senior Matt Getz.
The local paper also listed the eight tied for first as; Matt Getz, Brian Morse, Sean Hickman, Ryan Clark, Greg Englehart, Chris Suprin, Chris Jayne, and Keith Conway. Again referencing my photo from the finish line, I see Matt Getz (who clearly was the winner) and EIGHT runners behind him. Someone was left off the local paper’s list. I wonder whom? I’ll post it here if someone sends the info to my email address – 85peterjulie17 at gmail dot com.
Matt Tolley raced off to the early lead.
Coach Don Hennigar told me at NHS on Thursday that he thought that this was the first undefeated boys team he’s had since 2003.
The Clipper girls were just as dominating versus Amesbury. Four Clipper runners took the lead together early and ran that way (training workout style) the entire way. I wouldn’t attempt to pick a winner even using my photo of the finish.
The big event for these teams is Saturday (October 31st) afternoon at Bradley Palmer Park. This would be the Cape Ann League championships. The varsity teams run at 2PM (girls) and 2:30PM (boys).
I expect that the boys will be severely tested by both Masco (11-1) and Hamilton-Wenham (10-2).
The young Clipper girls completed the regular season at 5-7 and may surprise some folks at Bradley Palmer.
Look for pictures and a recap to show up on this blog on Saturday (October 31st) in the evening.