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November 15, 2008 at Franklin Park, Boston

Results by Charles Butterfield, First Time Out
Girls Div II - Hamilton-Wenham 53.  Emily Jones, Bromfield.
Girls Div I - Newton South 35 (Lincoln-Sudbury 51).  Kristen Kaspar 12, North Andover 18:25
Boys Div II - Bishop Feehan 104 (Oliver Ames 107).  Mike Moverman 12, Oliver Ames 16:05
Boys Div I - Mansfield 85 (St. John's Prep 100).  Ahmed Ali 12, Charlestown 16:06 (Omar Abdi 12, Charlestown 16:06)

PHOTOS: Boys D1 | Girls D1 | Boys D2 | Girls D2
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NE#1 Newton South notches another on NE#2 Lincoln-Sudbury
Emily Jones wins third straight Division II title with #6 all time at Franklin Park
Ahmed Ali wins photo finish over Boston Latin teammate Omar Abdi

Emily Jones rips a 17:50.2 in Girls Div. 2 race
 Ahmed Ali (#438, left) slides past teammate Omar Abdi in Boys Div. 1 race
Photos by Jeannette Seckinger

 Recap by John Carroll 

BOSTON 11/15/08 - Nice conditions – 55-60 degrees, wet underfoot, rain before and after races

GIRLS Div. II – in the first race of the day, under rather wet conditions, Bromfield senior Emily Jones ran the sixth fastest ever over the Franklin Park Course as she won her
third straight Division II title. 

Last week Jones ran (16:07.2) the third fastest girls time over the Gardner Golf Course (Lynn Jennings 15:50 (1976) Ari Lambie 16:00 (2000) both from Bromfield). But this time Jones finished at # 6 for FP.  Jones took command immediately and built up a comfortable lead to win by 36 seconds.  EMass D-III champ Jenna Davidner (Oliver Ames) ran the second fastest time of the day as she finished second in 18:25.  EMass D-IV champ Emily Lanois (Hamilton-Wenham) was third with her best time over the FP course (18:34).
Hamilton-Wenham who scored 53 pts. won their first State Divisional title in the “Lanois era” as sr. Emily Lanois (3rd), soph sister Alison Lanois (10th), jr. Cyrena Shiland
(11th), jr. Kristen Ashley (21st),  and frosh Emily Senning (31st), comprised the winning team.  Bishop Feehan-Attleboro was runner-up with 72 pts.
GIRLS Div I – After Jones win in Div. II  North Andover’s Kristen Kasper took the course fully intending to win her second consecutive Division I championships.  She did
just that running 18:25 to defeat Lincoln-Sudbury soph Andrea Keklak (18:34) and a pair of Newton South’s seniors Bridget Dahlberg (3rd-18:38) and Kelsey Karys (4th-18:39).

Steve McChensey’s Newton South (# 1 NORTHEAST) girls were not to be denied today as soph. Kathy O’Keefe (9th), jr. Madeline Reed (12th) and sr. Olga Golovkina scored a
low 35p pts. as they defeated (# 2 Northeast) Lincoln-Sudbury for the second straight week.  L-S was second with 51 pts.
BOYS Div. II – Oliver Ames senior Mike Moverman has run 15:48, equal to the # 23 AT several weeks ago, but this was states, and wet, and the most important thing was to win. Win he did! 

Moverman led all the way, sprinting home with the fastest of the day (16:05) for a 15 second margin.  Seekonk junior Johnny Gregorek (16:20) ran a more controlled first part of the race and kicked home big time to finish as runner-up and better his previous weeks time by 16 seconds.  Attleboro’s Bishop Feehan battled hard, placing three in the top 17, while Oliver Ames second was only 21st as the Shamrocks totaled 104 pts. to nip OA’s 107 pts.
BOYS Div. I – This was more controlled race, with too many wanting to go home with the title, and no one sure how they could do it. But the second time around Charlestown
H.S. teammates Ahmed Ali (Aden) and Omar Abdi broke away from the group and waged their own private battle.  They ran stride for stride down the hill, across the side of
the field, around the first backstop, through the trees and turned for home.  They were stride for stride, sprinting madly, and perhaps really wanted to finish together, but
Ahmed was given the win over Ali.  They both clocked 16:06 (behind Moverman’s 16:05). 

(NOTE:  Charlestown has no x-c team, but has a coop arrangement with Boston Latin Academy under whose colors they compete.)

Third place went to Nashoba Regional junior Coby Horow in (16:18).  Horow had the best race of the day as he was only 46th in the Central Mass meet last week, but got to race since his team qualified. Ludlow’s Zach Pietras, WMass champ, was fourth in 16:21.The team title was hotly contested but EMass D-II champ Mansfield topped EMass D-I
champ St. John’s Prep by 15 pts, 85 to 100.