(Topsfield) The Newburyport boys cross country team was dominating (taking the first seven places) but that was in the Cape Ann League JV championships at sunny, cool (low 50s), breezy Bradley Palmer Park on Saturday morning.
At the varsity level, however, the Clippers (11-1) had to settle for another second to Hamilton-Wenham (12-0) – 51-62. HW had won an earlier matchup, 23-32, at Patton Park on September 29th.
The HW girls were winners in convincing fashion…….as they’ve been all season. In this undefeated season, the Generals were 1-5 in eight of their twelve victories. Today they were 1-4-7-8-9 which was more than enough for the CAL championship.
Alison Lanois was the winner (as pictured above) and the makeup of the top four finishers was in place by the time the runners passed the starting line area for the first time. The picture shows Alison (#1133), Kerry Phelan (#1140), Sarah Kieran (#1186) and a hidden Rebecca Morse (#1973) all bunched together. Later there would be separation as the gap at the finish shows between Alison and Rebecca.
Kelly Conway(21st) was the first Newburyport runner to appear.
Kieran Kinnare won easily and early. His next challenge will be in the Division 2 state meet in two weeks.
Clipper Chris Suprin finished 3rd (after 9th last year) but the rest of the Newburyport Five were 12-14-16-17.
There was plenty to like about the Newburyport boys in the junior varsity event. They took the first seven places with Gopal Yalla leading the way.
This site has complete 2010 Cape Ann League cross country championship results.