By Laurel Edington
After completing the regular season, the cross country team qualified one runner to be a Cape Ann League Small (CALS) All-Star and three qualified for States.
This year, CALS was held at Bradley Palmer State Park in Ipswich.
According to coach AJ Migonis, the team placed eighth place out of 13 teams. Senior co-captain Ben Girard placed fourth, which qualified him to be a CAL All-Star. Sophomore Fiona Davis narrowly missed being an All-Star when she placed 11, he said.
This is Girard’s second time being an All-Star. Last year, he placed sixth at CALS.
“It’s really cool to achieve All-Star status because it’s genuine feedback,” he said.
One week after CALS, the team competed to qualify for States. Three runners’ times qualified them to run at States—Davis, Girard, and senior Nate Jermain.
Davis placed 13 in the girls’ division (20:59,) while in the boys’ division, Girard placed third (16:52) and Jermain placed 15 (17:42.)
“They all had excellent races. It was a great day to race, and they took advantage of it,” Migonis said.
Jermain, who previously had bursitis in his hip, said that during the qualifier race he “was able to clear my mind of my frustrations, worries, and expectations and only focus on the task at hand.”
On Nov. 20, Jermain and Davis will compete at States for the first time and Girard for the third time.