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Stoughton High Cross Country Teams Split Against Sharon

The girls’ team won, improving to 2-0, while the boys lost to the Eagles. Stoughton’s Amy Kelly and Nick Green paced their respective teams.

Sharon had the top finisher in the girls’ cross country meet against Stoughton on Tuesday, but the Black Knights had seven of the top 10 runners, including five of the top seven, beating the Eagles 23-36, with the lower score prevailing.

With the win, the girls’ improve to 2-0 on the season.

Meanwhile, it was the opposite result for the Stoughton boys’ cross country team in their meet against Sharon on Tuesday. Stoughton had the top finisher—Nick Green, who won the 5k race by a wide margin—but Sharon runners filled out the rest of the top 10, with the Eagles winning 20-43.

On the girls’ side, Amy Kelly paced the Black Knights for the second straight meet. The freshman came in first in the on Sept. 21, and followed that up with a second place finish against Sharon.

Kelly finished in 21:58. She was followed by Kerry O’Neil (3rd overall, 22:08); Deirdre Simms (5th overall, 22:41); and Susanna Noe (6th overall, 23:39).

Jade Paul, returning from injury, came in seventh, finishing in 23.51, just behind Noe.

“The [cross country] team is coming together,” girls’ coach Bob Clarke wrote in an email.

On the boys’ side, Green finished the course in 17:31, almost a minute ahead of Sharon’s Ben Ryter, who came in second. Green recorded the fastest time at the Houghton’s Pond course since the team started running there in 2007.

Wayne Barbaby was the next Stoughton runner to cross the finish line, finishing 11th overall with a time of 20:14. Kevin Overko (20:59), David Lockhart (21:11) and Mark Phan (21:43) finished 13th, 15th and 17th respectively.

Lockhart, Jack D'Addieco, Sam Freitas, Jonathan Oliveira and Mike Carroll all ran personal bests for Stoughton,” boys’ coach Harvey Blonder said.

With the loss, the boys’ fall to 0-2 on the season.

“In the recent past Sharon boys’ cross country spent several seasons winless, however that has all changed for 2011,” Blonder wrote in an email. He said the Eagles are “bolstered by a deep group of underclassmen and a few veteran seniors.”

“The Stoughton boys are a very young team with seven freshmen and three sophomores,” Blonder continued. “With more experience and their continued good efforts they may be able to duplicate Sharon's success in the future.”

Both the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams next face Oliver Ames, Tuesday, October 4.

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