Bedford High's Dietz races into the record books
Wicked Local: Bedford
November 1, 2012
BEDFORD, Mass.– Bedford High sophomore Erin Dietz raced herself into the record books on Friday afternoon.
Dietz finished the three-mile course at Lincoln-Sudbury in an astonishing 17:42, which was good enough for first place at the Dual County League Championships. Dietz became the first Bedford High runner to earn these honors.
“What Erin did today was phenomenal,” said Bedford High head coach Joel Hebert. “The DCL has been the best girls cross-country leagues in the stats for decades, and to watch Erin run away with this win was special. I am proud to watch her etch her name into running history. She’s a fantastic role model, and I hope her success encourages other girls in Bedford to come out for this great sport.”
With Dietz leading the way, the Bucs finished in eighth among 10 teams at the meet.
Bedford’s other scoring runners were Jenessa McCabe (22:18), Sevan Dulgarian (22:20), Jennie Segal (22:37) and Laurel Barkan (23:06). Barkan’s time was good enough to set a new personal record.
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Stadler and Donnelly earn annual conference awards in MXC
October 31, 2012
LANCASTER, Pa. – Haverford College's Christopher Stadler (pictured, right) has earned the Centennial Conference's 2012 runner of the year honor while head coach Tom Donnelly has been voted the league's men's cross country coach of the year, as announced by the league office Wednesday afternoon.
Stadler, a junior, was joined on the all-conference first team by Haverford sophomore Joel Christian (fourth place), junior Avi Bregman (fifth) and senior Peter Kissin (sixth). Fords junior Brian Sokas raced to second-team all-conference honors with his eighth-place finish.
The team championship is the 18th for Haverford and Stadler became the 15th Ford to win the individual Centennial title. Since the Centennial's inaugural championship in 1983, Haverford has captured 18 of the 20 championship crowns including the past three with Saturday's victory.
Read full article here: http://www.haverfordathletics.com/sports/mxc/2012-13/releases/201210319pfdrh
Brackett named Patriot Rookie of the Year
October 27, 2012
HAMILTON – Freshman Phenomenon Olivia Brackett finished fifth overall Saturday at the Patriot League Championships held on the Harry H. Lang Course on the Colgate Campus.
It was another great day for Brackett as she took home her fourth top-10 finish and first Patriot League honor. She was named Rookie of the Year after she ran a 22:49.7 time to make her the top finisher for the Raiders.
“I haven't talked to Olivia much about the great start to her freshman season because I don't want to put any undue pressure on her,” head coach Laura Nardelli said. “I think when you have an athlete of this caliber, you tend to look down the road and think what she can accomplish, where is she going to be in the history of Colgate cross-country but for right now I want her to just live in the moment and enjoy her time.”
Brackett has soared in her first collegiate season at Colgate earning the Female Rookie of the Week honor three times to tie a league record set by Army's Jillian Busby (2009) and Navy's Rachael Honrath (2010).
“It's been blur so far, the season has gone extremely fast, but it's been really exciting for me,” Brackett said after her great finish. “It was exciting. We definitely all worked hard this season, a lot of hard and long workouts, a lot of hard miles that took a little while to get used to as a freshman, but it was nice to see it all come together.”
The next top finisher for Colgate was Megan Keane who grabbed the number 20 slot after she finished with a time of 23:47.4. Freshman Holland Reynolds was the next Colgate runner to cross the finish line in 35th with a time of 24:39.4. Caroline Davidson finished 42nd followed closely by Emily Hanrahan in 45th. Ellen Callahan and Gabby Lebihan closed out the Raider runners in 51st and 52nd place.
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Stadler leads Haverford to Centennial XC title
October 27, 2012
HAVERFORD, Pa. – Christopher Stadler led a parade of Fords across the finish Saturday at the Centennial Conference's 2012 men's cross country five-mile championship, capturing the individual crown for team-champion Haverford College which won its third straight conference title and 18th of 20 since the initial year of the Centennial in 1993.
The Fords -- ranked No. 1 in the latest national ranking put out by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association -- placed all five of their scoring runners within the first eight places Saturday on the team's Alumni Course on the Haverford campus. Stadler posted a winning time of 24 minutes, 47.1 seconds with the fifth Ford to finish, Brian Sokas, just 34 seconds behind.
Stadler, Christian, Bregman and Kissin earned first-team all-Centennial honors along with individual runner-up Andrew Fine of Dickinson, Hopkins's third-place finisher, Max Robinson, and Jacob Phillips (seventh) of Swarthmore College.
Haverford's Sokas earned a spot on the second-team all-conference list with Dickinson's Henry Mynatt, Ryan Steinbock and Hunter Smith, and Hopkins' Andrew Carey, Julian Saliani and Josh Budman.
Satuday's Alumni Course was a four-and-a-half-loop trek giving the stationary fan several looks at the runners leading up to the finish. Each time around the course the white Haverford singlet was a wave at the front of the pack with the red of Dickinson's Fine and blue jay blue of Hopkins' Robinson mixed within the pack, but behind Stadler, Christian and Kissin who led the lead group nearly from the start.
Stadler opened up his lead on the final loop with Fine and Robinson trying to hang on to the leader. Christian maintained his spot in fourth over the final loop with Bregman and Kissin falling in not quite 10 seconds behind.
The individual title by Stadler gives Haverford its third consecutive Centennial runner of the year following up on Jordan Schilit's win in 2011 and Anders Hulleberg's title in 2010.
Read full article here: http://www.haverfordathletics.com/sports/mxc/2012-13/releases/20121027byo2wu
Third week in a row for Emerging Elites athletes!
Dietz named Athlete of the Week
October 26, 2012
Erin Dietz - Sophomore, Bedford High School
This weeks Marathon Sports Athlete of the Week is awarded to Erin Dietz from Bedford high School. The Dual County League Coaches are well aware of this sophomore sensation as she has already set a few course records in dual meets. Can we all stop for one second and just think what Erin Dietz just accomplished last weekend ? In her first ever major cross-country invitational, on the toughest course in New England, she wins the Bay State Invitational in 19 Minutes and 20 Seconds. She runs the 22nd fastest time ever at Northfield, and in the process defeated one of the best in our state in Abbey McNulty. Erin Dietz has instantly become one of the favorites for the Division II All State title.
This was a huge win for Erin, She knew before the race that there would be tough competition, but she executed her race plan perfectly. The other coaches in the DCL all knew about Erin, but this was her first big invitational since joining the team this fall. Now teams across the state know about Erin. Needles to say, she has made her teammates and classmates extremely proud, said Bedford High head coach Joel Hebert.
Read more: http://ma.milesplit.com/articles/94933-marathon-sports-presents-x-c-athlete-of-the-week-10-26-12
Parsley named Athlete of the Week
October 19, 2012
Nolan Parsley - Senior, Weymouth High School
This weeks Marathon Sports Athlete of the Week is awarded to Nolan Parsley of Weymouth High School. Nolan won the MSTCA Twilight Invitational Division I race. In the closest battle of the evening, his time of 15:49 edged out Owen Gosner of King Phillip by 1 second. A few weeks earlier, Parsley finished fourth place at the Frank Kelley Invitational (16:07). He will certainly be one of the favorites for the MIAA Division I Championships in November. He has a personal best times of 9:26 ( 2 mile) and 4:25 (1 Mile).
Read more: http://ma.milesplit.com/articles/94560-marathon-sports-presents-x-c-athlete-of-the-week-10-19-12
Athlete of the Week: Erin Dietz
Wicked Local: Bedford
By Chris Klingenberg
October 18, 2012
BEDFORD, Mass. — Sophomore Erin Dietz has been setting and breaking records all season.
Last week, Dietz shattered yet another record as she finished ahead of the pack with a new course record at Nara Park by running a 16:02. Dietz’s time defeated previous course record holder Christine Davis from Acton-Boxboro.
So far this year, Dietz has set course and school records almost every time she competes. The sophomore sensation is unbeaten on the year, and appears to be getting stronger as the season goes on.
For her efforts, Dietz has been selected as this week’s Athlete of the Week. Below is a question-and-answer conducted with Dietz.
What do enjoy most about running cross-country?
I like being able to run after school at practice every day. I also like how exciting the meets are.
What skills do you possess that help you while running cross-country?
I try to always work as hard as I can.
Which sport do you enjoy playing most and why?
I like running cross-country the most because all of the courses are different. It's a lot more fun and interesting than running on a track.
Pro team- Boston Red Sox
Pro athlete- David Ortiz
Food- Ice cream
TV show- Modern Family
Movie- The Titanic
Song- We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift
Singer/Band- Katy Perry
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Alec Holland rises above All-Star
Wicked Local: Watertown
By Frank Santarpio
October 16, 2012
WATERTOWN — As a junior in 2011 Alec Holland ran well enough to become a cross country Middlesex League All-Star.
This year he's even better.
In six dual meet races this season, the senior has crossed the finish line first four times while coming in second in the other two.
"He really is having a remarkable year," Watertown boys cross country coach Tom Wittenhagen said of Holland. "He's improved by 50 seconds from a year ago. Being an All-Star there really isn't much room for improvement; maybe 20-30 seconds at most. Fifty seconds is simply tremendous."
Holland has run exceptional races throughout his career but his best may have come last week against Wilmington. In that dual meet Holland finished the 2.7 mile run in a time of 15:30 which is the third fastest time ever for a Watertown runner and the eighth fastest by any runner in the twelve year history of the Arsenal Park course.
"It was simply a spectacular performance," Wittenhagen said. "And believe me I don't use the word spectacular that often."
The only Watertown runners to beat that time in the past were Nick Goodman and Mark Jablon, who eventually became Middlesex League champions. Jablon is tied with Belmont's Victor Groz for the fastest time ever at the Watertown course with times of 15:13.
"To be in their elite company says a lot about Alec," Wittenhagen said. "But he deserves to be there because of his commitment to the sport. In the summer he gave up a lot of his weekends running and he also joined the Emerging Elite Program (in Boston) where he ran a few days a week. His success is due to his determination. As a coach he's a pleasure to watch."
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Keiran named Athlete of the Week
October 13, 2012
Sarah Keiran - Senior, Ipswich High School
The Senior from Ipswich ran a personal best 5k time at the Frank Kelley Invitational. The defending Division VI State Champion was second to Liz Holmes, but had the fourth fastest time of the day behind Rocha, Davis, and Holmes. She is coming off a strong spring season running great times in both the Mile Run (5:08), and 2 Mile Run (11:27). She will be one of the contenders in the Division 2 All State Finals where she finished 7th place in 2011.
Read more: http://ma.milesplit.com/articles/94069-marathon-sports-presents-x-c-athlete-of-the-week-10-13-12
Emerging Elites athletes sweep top 4 spots in Lynnfield vs. Ipswich
Wicked Local: Ipswich
By Joshua Boyd
October 9, 2012
IPSWICH — The Tigers girls cross-country runners tied their closest meet score of earlier this year on Oct. 30, falling to Lynnfield by a score of 27-29.
They had earlier defeated Pentucket, 27-29, on Sept. 12.
In the same Oct. 3 meet, the Tigers were also defeated by Newburyport, 25-36, to put the Tigers at 3-4 overall on the season.
Sarah Keiran and Tina Keiran were the first two runners across the line, overall, but Lynnfield filled up most of the rest of the rest of the scoring spots (en route to also defeating Newburyport, 27-29).
Sarah finished at 19:35, and Tina came across the line at 19:47, followed by two Lynnfield runners, Lexi Buonfiglio and Angelica Kartsounis (both at 20:27). Ironically, two Newburyport runners came in a second after the Lynnfield pair – Kelly Conway and Erin Carroll, both at 20:28.
For Ipswich, after the Keiran twins, the next finishers were Annie Zampitella (22:05), Samantha Doonan (22:20) and Michaela Hedderman (22:52).
“It was a huge day of personal bests for Ipswich,” said first-year head coach Steven Bartholomew. “Seven out of the 11 girls who competed today ran their personal best times of the year.”
Read more: http://www.wickedlocal.com/ipswich/newsnow/x738673389/Ipswich-boys-girls-cross-country-run-up-against-mighty-opponents-in-Lynnfield-Newburyport#axzz290Ayuwqc
Fouda named NEWMAC Runner of the Week
Wellesley Athletics Homepage
October 1, 2012
WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Wellesley College's Priyanka Fouda was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week for the period ending September 30th.
Fouda led Wellesley to the 2012 Pop Crowell Invitational title with a runner-up finish. The first-year recorded a time of 18:46.9 to nab second overall in field of 317 competitors. Her time also marked the fastest ever race for a Wellesley runner on the Gordon course. As a team, the Blue placed first out of 30 competing teams.
The Wellesley College cross country team has two wins this season (Pop Crowell Invitational, Smith Invitational) and also recorded a third place finish at the UMass-Dartmouth Invitational. The team will next compete at Westfield State's James Earley Invitational on Saturday at 12:00pm.
Read more: http://wellesleyblue.com/sports/wxc/2012-13/releases/20121001gei82n
Priyanka Fouda leads Wellesley College to a first place team finish
Wellesley Athletics Homepage
September 29, 2012
WENHAM, Mass. -- The Wellesley College cross country team took home the title at the 2012 Pop Crowell Invitational hosted by Gordon College on Saturday. The Blue bested a field of 30 teams competing in the 5K event, while first-year Priyanka Fouda placed second overall among 317 runners.
Fouda finished her race in 18:46.9, marking the fastest time for a Wellesley runner on the Gordon course. She was bested by only Hannah Zydanowicz, a sophomore from Roger Williams who ran an 18:36.2.
Behind Fouda, Wellesley recorded three other top-10 finishes. Senior Cristina Lucas took seventh overall in 18:59.2, while senior Ada Smith (19:01.0) and sophomore Taylor Bickford (19:06.9) both recorded personal best times, finishing eighth and ninth overall.
Rounding out the scoring for Wellesley, junior Margaret Wehner and sophomore Alexandra Dunn both took home top-30 finishes. Wehner ran a 19:41.0 to take 25th place, while Dunn recorded her first career time under 20 minutes, running a 19:49.1 and finishing 30th overall.
Read more: http://www.wellesleyblue.com/sports/wxc/2012-13/releases/20120929im1cxr