|And the girls are off!|
|Margie Cullen pulls away from Jessica Lu.|
|Claire Connors running strong.|
The boys suffered a disappointing loss to a perennially strong Brookline team that has not lost a dual meet in seven years. Falling victims to the same tactics employed by their distaff teammates, the Rockets never seemed to settle in and compete against the Warriors. After a slow first mile, Adrian Amaya and Tyler Hagen worked together to string out the Brookline pack but the damage had already been done as Tommy Kelley was the only other Needham runner in a sea of white and red. Just past the two mile mark, Amaya surged to the front and would not be challenged again as he cruised in to win in 16:34 and establish a new course record in the process. Meanwhile, Hagen continued the torrid pace and eventually kicked away from Brookline's number one Jesse Fajnzylber to make it a Needham 1-2. But the depth of the Warriors was just too much for the Rockets as Brookline took the next five spots ultimately winning 25-34.
Full results can be found at: http://www.athletic.net/CrossCountry/School.aspx?SchoolID=19349
Next week, Needham faces Newton North and Walpole which forecasts to be a battle on both sides. The meet is at Cutler Park and is scheduled to begin with the junior varsity race at 4:00 p.m.
|John Benner and race winner Adrian Amaya|
Photos courtesy of Kim Benner