Boys’ cross-country

Athletes of the Year

Wesley Gallagher

Division 4: Pembroke
The reigning Globe 2010 Division 2 co-Runner of the Year outdid himself this year, winning the Division 4 EMass race with his 15:50 time to help the Titans earn the title. He also won in the Division 2 All-State race, where Pembroke was runner-up to Bishop Feehan.

Joel Hubbard

Division 2: Marshfield
Hubbard was runner-up at both the Brown Invitational (15:21) and the All-Division 1 State race (15:42) this season. A repeat All-Scholastic, he finished fourth (15:49) as the top Massachusetts representative at the Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships, qualifying for the Nationals in San Diego.


Nathaniel Adams

Lexington, Junior
The Middlesex League All-Star took third place in the Division 1 EMass race, and finished in 10th place in the Division 1 All-State race. The junior is a National Honor Society member, plays the violin, and runs indoor and outdoor track for the Minutemen.

Chris Allen

King Philip, Senior
The King Philip track standout had a strong cross-country debut this season, winning the EMass Division 3 title with a time of 15:57. The senior was the Hockomock MVP and earned a bid to the Nationals in San Diego with his 16:03 time at Northeast Regionals.

Drew Beck

Oliver Ames, Senior
The four-time Hockomock All-Star finished his career with a strong season, taking second at the league championship meet, fourth in the EMass Division 3 race, and 11th at All-States. The National Merit Scholar is considering West Point and the US Naval Academy next year.

Noah Bernays

Gann Academy, Sophomore
In his first season of running cross-country, Bernays won his first two races of the year, while finishing second in the MBIL championship race in 17:23. An honor student, he likes, basketball, skating, playing violin, and studying Hebrew in his spare time.

Nicholas Christensen

Peabody, Senior
A senior, Christensen finished the Franklin Park course in a blistering 15:46 at the Division 1 EMass tournament this year to take the top spot. The three-time Northeastern Conference MVP finished fourth in the Division 1 All-State race after posting a 15:49 time. He also runs indoor and outdoor track.

Sam Fujimori

Bancroft, Senior
The rest of the EIL will be glad to see Fujimori finally graduate, the four-time league runner of the year capped a brilliant career with his fourth straight title. The two-time New England champion is a National Merit Scholar and also runs indoor and outdoor track.

Peter Geithner

Brunswick, Senior
Moving up to Division 1 for the first time proved to be a breeze for Geithner, who captured the New England championship in 15:58, and for his team while setting a school record in the process. He was named All-New England for a second straight year.

Ben Groleau

Framingham, Senior
Groleau set a Framingham record this season, running his 2.95-mile home course in 14:47. The senior captain, in addition to being undefeated in the dual meet season, was strong in the major meets, finishing sixth in the EMass Division 1 race, and ninth (16:04) at the Division 1 All-State meet.

Michael McConville

Hingham, Senior
McConville was undefeated in the Patriot League this season, and beat the field at the Catholic Memorial Invitational with his time of 16:04. The senior was third in Division 4 at the EMass tournament with a time of 15:54 and fourth at the All-State meet in 15:52.

Mike O'Donnell

Methuen, Senior
O'Donnell earned the Merrimack Valley Conference Runner of the Year nod after winning the conference title. The junior later finished fourth at the EMass Division 1 meet, and eighth at the Division 1 All-State meet after posting a school record time of 15:58.31.

James Randon

Middlesex, Junior
Randon set a number of course records this season, but his biggest accomplishment was winning the ISL and the NEPSTA Division 4 championships. A honors student every semester he also runs indoor and out track, and plays guitar and sax in the jazz band.

Stephen Robertson

Robertson had a stellar season, going undefeated in the Middlesex League, helping Wakefield to the league title, as well as taking first place at the Bay State Invitational. He was runner-up at both the EMass Division 4 meet and the Division 2 All-State meet (15:44).

Chernet Sisay

Brookline, Senior
Sisay had an excellent start to his 2011 season, taking the title at the McIntyre Twilight meet as the only runner to finish the course in under 16 minutes. He also helped Brookline to both the EMass Division 1 and All-Division 1 State titles. He was 10th at the All-State meet.

Christian Stafford

Stafford played a big role in Pembroke's strong 2011 season, finishing fourth at the EMass Division 4 meet (16:08) to help the Titans to the team title. He was fifth at the All-Division 2 State meet (15:56), where the Titans were runners-up.

James Sullivan

Acton-Boxborough, Senior
The winner of the Dual County League meet, Sullivan beat the field by 20 seconds and was named the DCL Runner of the Year. He was runner-up at the Division 1 EMass meet and at the All-State meet he was sixth in Division 1. The senior was a member of A-B's All-Scholastic 4x800 squad last spring.

Kevin Thomas

Marshfield, Senior
Thomas won the Division 2 race at the EMass tournament with his 16:20 time, and shaved four seconds off his time the following week to take 14th in the Division 1 All-State race. The senior honor roll student was runner-up at the Amherst Invitational (15:49) earlier this season.

coach of the year

John DiComandrea

DiComandrea, affectionately known as "Deke" among the EMass cross country community, ended his coaching career on a high note this year as he led his team to a Middlesex League title and a fourth-place finish in the Division meet. DiComandrea has coached for 45 years.

Mike Glennon

Glennon-coached teams have a habit of winning big in the postseason, and 2011 was no exception to this rule. This year's Warriors squad finished 11-0 and rode its tremendous depth to wins at both the EMass Division 1 meet and the All-Division 1 State meet.


Atlantic Coast
Dennis-Yarmouth: Keith Barnatchez, Colin Merrill, Sean Nee. Falmouth: Jake Barry. Marshfield: Joel Hubbard, Kevin Thomas. Nauset: Andrew Herwig. Plymouth North: Cody Farragher. Plymouth South: Max Bassett. Sandwich: David Allen, Henery Daniles-Koch, Paul David Gannett, David Regan, James Wegman.

Bay State
Brookline: Matt Goroff, Grigoriy Gressel, Aaron Klein, Mark Perry, Chernet Sisay, Tharindu Weersinghe. Framingham: Ben Groleau. Natick: Chris Saccardo. Needham: Tommy Kelley. Newton North: Justin Keefe, Gabe Montague. Walpole: Chris Conley, Justin Connolly, Zach Ganshirt. Wellesley: James Eisenstein. Weymouth: Kurt Joyce, Nolan Parsley.

Big Three
Brockton: John Burns, Jacob Hume, Laban Mohammed. Durfee: Nyrel Stroup, Chris Witty. New Bedford: Andrew Gonsalves, Paolo Tavares.

Catholic Central
Archbishop Williams: Brian Alkins, Brian Sullivan. Arlington Catholic: Kevin Connors. Austin Prep: David Blake, Wesley Viola. Bishop Fenwick: David Deschenes, Bryan Mendes. Cardinal Spellman: Sean Blanchard, Ben Gordon, Matt Norton, John Redmond. Lowell Catholic: Dylan Cullen. Marian: Marc George, Ayodeji Johnson, Nick Seymour, Chan Yoo.

Catholic Conference
BC High: Ryan Blake, Mike Flaherty, Ian O'Leary, Jack Sweeney. Catholic Memorial: Dennis Muldoon. Malden Catholic: Andrew Krause. St. John's Prep: Kelsey Flagg, Tim Loehner, Tom O'Shea. Xaverian: Tim Keohane, Bobby Leon, Rob Marcantonio, Chris Schwab, Eric Xandrow.

Chelsea: Joseph Arroyo, Francisco Colindres, Edgar Ocana. Greater Lawrence: Felix Martel, Hansel Santo-Lara. Greater Lowell: Nick Byron, Brad Dumais, Trevor Jutras, Bryant Va. Minuteman: Brendan Faulkner. Shawsheen: Dan Boudreau, Anthony Federico, Matt Mann, Richard Silk, Ryan Tirabassi.

Dual County
Acton-Boxborough: Matt Bullock, Tim Cox, Dom DeFuria, Gabe Kline, Bashir Siddique, James Sullivan, Sam Toulman. Bedford: Sam Bradford. Boston Latin: Mike Ward. Concord-Carlisle: Seamus Lawler, Brian Rich, Russell Walton. Lincoln-Sudbury: Mathew Barnes, Conor Daley, Eli Hoenig, Gregory Holdman, Mathew O'Brien, Michael Quint. Newton South: Allen Shiu. Westford: Andre La Croix, Patrick Turpin. Weston: Mathew Herzig.

Eastern Athletic
Bishop Feehan: John Dean, Henry Dodge, Evan Granfield, Richard Moschella, Michael Wood. Coyle & Cassidy: Daniel Mcsolla. Martha's Vineyard: Jeremy Alley-Tarter, Cooper Chapman, Kyle Joba-Wood, Michael Schroeder.

Bancroft: Gavin Fujimori, Sam Fujimori. Beaver Country Day: Joseph Connelly, Tim King, Murray Skolnick, George Wright. Berwick: Ryan McGuigan. Concord Academy: Jack Colton, William Murphy, Arthur Whitehead. Pingree: Carmine Piantedosi.

Greater Boston
Cambridge: Niko Emack-Bazelais, Michael Scarlett, Will Suslovic. Malden: Danny Gould, Allan La, Yusuf Mohamed, Berhanu Tsige, William Wong. Medford: Brian Bourne. Somerville: Andryc Evich, Brian Martinez.

Foxborough: Brendan Sullivan. King Philip: Chris Allen, Owen Gonser. Mansfield: Dan Caughey, Zach Frazier, Kham Halevdeth, Brendan McCarthy, Dave Morrill, Mitch Negus. North Attleborough: Mike Curley. Oliver Ames: Drew Beck, Andrew Kerester, Jim Sullivan. Stoughton: Nick Green.

Middlesex: James Randon.

Mass. Bay Independent
Gann Academy: Noah Bernays.

Bishop Connolly: Ian Chaney. Diman: Tevin Cintron, Chris Lotz, Matt Moussamih. Norfolk Aggie: Chris Brandon, Phillip Jewers, Jake MacVarish. Old Colony: Ryan Stopka. Sacred Heart: Sam Boyles. Tri-County: Andrew Kerr, Tom Wheatry. West Bridgewater: Adam Petti, Joey Souza, Brandon Sullivan.

Merrimack Valley
Andover: Ryan Cooney, Michael Maldari. Central Catholic: Tim Allen. Chelmsford: Robert Massey. Lowell: Alexis Andujar, Patrick Coppinger, Michael Kalenoski, Nicholas McArdle, Nathan McCarthy, Riccardo Torres. Methuen: Mike O'Donnell, Lucas Parsons. Tewksbury: Brian Amaral.

Middlesex (Large)
Arlington: Dan MacDonald-Meeter, Quentin Stipp. Belmont: Paul Green. Lexington: Nathaniel Adams, Felix Cancre, Felix Chung, Andrew Swanson. Reading: Bill Tucker. Winchester: Brendan Creane, Lucas Phillips. Woburn: Dylan Crowley.

Middlesex (Small)
Burlington: Paul Hogan, David Taranto. Melrose: Christian Gentile. Wakefield: James Bridges, Marc Bucchieri, Jared Gellar, Aaron Lucci, Stephen Robertson. Watertown: Alec Holland. Wilmington: Erik Alatalo, Steve Halas.

Brunswick: Peter Geithner. Portsmouth Abbey: Sean McDonough.

Lynn Classical: Perry Raymond. Lynn English: Chris Birotte, Matt Blaney, Alexander Bonitto, Tyler Comer, Ri Yan. Peabody: Nicholas Christensen. Revere: Brian Collins, John DelloRusso, Michael Fitzpatrick, Kristi Nushi, Rawlings Toglan. Salem: Aiden Scrimgeour. Saugus: Evan Covell, Nick Monaco. Winthrop: Josh Babb.

Old Colony
Barnstable: Tom Cunningham, Luke Vicente. Bridgewater-Raynham: Ed Hall, James MacArthur, Rob Nee. Dartmouth: Logan Patenaude. Taunton: Damian Collins, Colby Correira, Jason Henrich, Cory Price, Jake Rogers.

Hingham: Michael McConville, Nick Nielsen. Middleborough: Tene Paquin. North Quincy: Brendan Cunningham, Mike Mullaney. Pembroke: Pat Cunningham, Wesley Gallagher, Christian Stafford, John Valeri, Joe Vercollone. Scituate: Jake Reynolds. Silver Lake: Jim Nickerson, Derik Noland. Whitman-Hanson: Patrick Mulrey, Michael Reamer, Patrick Ryan.

South Shore
Abington: Kevin Bunszell, Bobby Derbes, Ben Rangel, Brendan Whalen. Carver: Dan Flockton. East Bridgewater: Zack Fournier, Nick Frazier, Brendan Gareri, Patrick Hachey, Tanner Picklus. Harwich: Jack McMurrer, Ryan Richer. Norwell: Tommy Hynes, Tom Vafiades, Oliver Wallace, Owen Wiggins. Rockland: Andrew Raftery.

Dover-Sherborn: Teddy Mosher. Hopkinton: Pat Levenson. Medfield: Greg Lyons, Jack Moses, Ian Robertson, Sean Robertson. Norton: William Sullivan. Westwood: Greg Campion, Luke Devin, Bobby McLaughlin, Matt Reissfelder, Jim Terzian.