The Stoughton High cross country teams competed at the McIntyre Twilight Meet in Barnstable on Saturday, with all 18 participants on the SHS boys' and girls' teams running personal bests. Coach Harvey Blonder (boys) and coach Bob Clarke (girls) provide the details:
The course and the atmosphere again proved to be magic ingredients Saturday night at the Barnstable Fairgrounds. This meet which is in its second year and is one of only a handful in the country which have been held under the lights. It is a lightning fast course and the buzz from last year doubled the number of participants overall from the inaugural event.
All 10 Stoughton boys who ran set personal records. Nine did so over the 5K distance and Nick Quattrucci (13:04) in the freshman race of 2.1 miles. Combine that with eight girls' personal bests and it was a perfect 18 for 18!
David Lockhart (26th - 17:45) finished one place away from a medal. Following him in the sophomore race were Jason Marshall (19:20), Luke Butera (19:22), Rob Gair (19:53) and Jonathan Oliveira (21:41.
Jack D'Addieco (20:06), Sean Ellertson (20:50) and Alex Smith (22:37) competed in the junior varsity race. Alec DeNapoli ran in the varsity race (18:11)
At the twilight meet held at the Barnstable fairgrounds under the lights, all eight girls competing set new personal bests for the 5K distance.
Sophomores: Amy Kelly finished 4th overall with a time of 20:02 and Shannon Barkey finished 18th with a time of 21:03. Both were medal winners.
In the jv race: Ada Monyeki ran 28.28 for her second race at the 5k distance
In the varsity race: Kerry O'Neil finished in 20:22; Katie Daly finished in 21:37; Erika Raskind finished in 22:19; Carson McGrath finished in 23:05 and Rebekah Medina finished in 23:41.
All ran under the lighted course in very cold conditions, and managed to set new records for themselves.