The following Stoughton High cross country recap is courtesy of coach Harvey Blonder. The girls' and boys' teams competed at Sharon Sept. 24:
The Stoughton High girls' cross country team ran their league record to 3-0 (4-0 overall) with a victory over Sharon 25-32 (with the lower score prevailing). The meet was held on Sharon's 2.8-mile course.
First across the line for Stoughton was Amy Kelly (18:28, 2nd overall), followed by Kerry O'Neil (19:44, 4th overall), Susanna Noe (20:15, 5th), Shannon Barkey (20:22, 6th), Carson McGrath (20:37, 8th), Katie Daly (20:41, 9th), Erika Raskind (22:04, 15th), Rebekah Medina (23:36, 18th), Julia Bobeck, (23:40 19th), Emelina Kozak (23.55, 20th), and Ariene Ohimor (27:04, 22nd).
It was an especially gratifying win for the team as on paper it appeared they would be over-matched.
While Kelly and O'Neil continued their strong efforts upfront, the meet was really won by the gutsy racing of Noe, Barkey, McGrath and Daly. McGrath and Daly are in their first season of cross country and have quickly made their mark. Noe is running great again motivated to do especially well in her senior year and Barkey is working hard and just keeps getting better.
Meanwhile, the Stoughton boys were defeated by a deep Sharon team, 17-46. The top runner for the Black Knights was David Lockhart who finished 4th overall (16:11).
Lockhart was followed by Wayne Barnaby (16:49) and Alec DeNapoli (16:58) in 10th and 11th place, respectively. Five Stoughton boys raced fiercely for the 4th and 5th spots on the team and Jack D'Addieco (18:30) and Luke Butera (18:35) were tops among them.
In an encouraging sign, the spread between the top five boys narrowed to a little over two minutes.
Rounding out the team were Sean Ellertson (18:39), Nick Quattrucci (18:43), Jason Marshall (18:43), Rob Gair (19:03), John Eppenstein (19:19), Jonathan Oliveira (21:35) and Alex Smith (23:40).
Next up for the Stoughton girls' and boys': An October 3 meet against Oliver Ames at Houghton's Pond.