(Amesbury MA) The Newburyport Clippers had a big day at Woodsom Farm taking the Cape Ann League cross country titles in the boys and girls division.
Led by Sam Acquaviva and John Lucey, the Clippers added the CAL championship to their undefeated regular season.
“Sam is Sam,” said NHS coach Don Hennigar of his CAL championship repeat winner. “That was the best race of John’s life. To finish second in this league is so good.”
The misty/muddy conditions worried Sam although he ran most of the race alone. “There was a lot that could go wrong in the conditions. I always assume that the other runners will come back.”
On teammate John Lucey finishing second? “It was nice to have John behind me. It was unexpected. He had a great race.”
Newburyport won the race by forty points: (1) Sam Acquaviva, (2) John Lucey, (6) Dreese Fadil, (9) Cam Lasson, (17) Peter King.
Other top ten finishers: (3) Tyler Stranc, (4) Peter Lopata, (5) Sebastian Gilligan, (7) Will Kenny, (8) John Astrofsky, (10) Keegan Ritchie.
The totals in the girls’ race were much closer: Newburyport (68), Triton (76), Hamilton-Wenham (80).
The point scorers for Newburyport were; Ellie Schulson (4th), Lindsey Roberts (7th), Lucy Gagnon (14th), Olivia D’Ambrosio (20th), Caroline Wilson (23rd).
Clippers coach Don Hennigar: “Ellie Schulson (4th) and Lindsey Roberts (7th) were above and beyond today. This was probably the best race Lindsey has ever had.”
Junior Lindsay MacLellan of North Reading was the upset winner. Last year’s winner, Eva Feuerbach of Manchester-Essex, finished second.
Don Hennigar: “That girl from Manchester-Essex doesn’t get beat very often and the girl from North Reading (Lindsay MacLellan) won by a lot. Most people would call that an upset.”
I asked Lindsay MacLellan how she won the race. “A lot of mud. A lot of heart. I’m a hilly person so this was the kind of course I like. I gained separation (from Eva Feuerbach) at 2.75 miles.”
The win by Newburyport avenged a meet loss they had to Triton during the regular season.
Other top ten finishers; (3) Ellie Gay-Killeen, (5) Phoebe Rubio, (6) Lana Crosson, (8) Ava Cote, (9) Jemma Shea, (10) Sarah Harrington.
The race was held at Woodsom Farm in Amesbury. Originally scheduled for Saturday at Bradley Palmer State Park but the weather forced a change. The weather actually wasn’t all that great at Woodsom today.
Second-place finisher John Lucey: “It was a tough race for everyone. I was able to plot the best course through the mud in some sections. Coming down the hills was dangerous in some places.”
John ran much of the race with no one near him ahead (Sam Acquaviva) or behind (Tyler Stranc). How do you stay tuned in? “I kind of get delusional. Then I keep going because I think someone’s right behind me.”
Excellent job done by Amesbury AD Glenn Gearin and his staff handling the parking and other logistical issues.
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