By Emily Brennan
The boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams traveled to Northeast to run in their first and only quad meet, where they faced off with Innovation Academy, Northeast and Greater Lawrence. The girls’ team won the meet, 28-29, while the boys lost, 30-26. With the tie, the girls improve to 4-1 and the boys drop to 2-3.
Mystic Valley’s sixth and seventh runners finished before Innovation’s fifth-place runner, which displaced Innovation and gave the Mystic Valley girls’ team a one-point win. “The girls had their best race of the year. They continue to show improvement with every race; it was great for the athletes to see where they place in the CAC ahead of the CAC Championship meet,” said Head Coach Cody Duff.
Gabriela Coates led the Eagles with a second-place finish and personal best time of 23:44 on the 5-kilometer course. Anna Tracey and Naomi Tessema were next to cross the finish line and break the 30-minute barrier (25:17 | 28:22). Kaylie Blauvelt and Iris Zhao made up the rest of the scoring lineup for the Eagles (28:23 | 29:14).
On the boys’ team, Liam Powers paced the Eagles with an 18:56 finish on the five kilometer course. The Eagles also saw Winiel Xi, Alex Sokolovic and Jason Lee inside the scoring (20:28 | 20:58 | 21:54). Sami Jamouq rounded out Mystic Valley’s top five with a 22:16 finish. Jamouq (22:16), Matthew Weng (23:49) and Eric Loue (24:41) finished with personal best times.
Mystic Valley returns to action on Wednesday, October 18 at Pine Banks Park to race against Lynn Tech. For the latest on Mystic Valley Athletics, follow the Eagles on social media on Facebook, Instagram and X (formerly Twitter).