AUBURN, Mass. – The boys cross country team felt right at home Wednesday in its first meet in Auburn this season, crushing Millbury 15-50 on a perfect September running day.
Auburn took the first eight spots in the dominant victory at Auburn Middle School, sweeping Millbury and moving to 2-1 in the season. Millbury is now 0-3.
Senior Matt Lavallee finished first in the meet with a 2.96-mile time of 17:05. The following seven runners for Auburn included sophomore Matt Healey in 18:07, junior Aidan Foley-Foster in 18:44, junior John Bylund in 19:04, junior Kevin Foley-Foster in 19:18, junior Jacob Mikolajczyk in 19:19, sophomore Thomas Gannon in 19:58, and junior Matt Nelson in 20:04.
“It was nice to come out here and have a successful day,” said Lavallee, who has finished first for Auburn in each meet so far this season. “A lot of the guys ran good and are getting better every day. It’s all about preparation and showing up on race day and making it happen.”
Other Auburn finishers included junior Tyler Ducharme in 20:32, junior John Leger in 20:35, junior Kyle Quitadamo in 21:15, junior Ryan Malakie in 21:19, junior Zach Peterson in 21:22, sophomore Colin Gallaway in 21:40, junior Chris Cubbedge in 22:37, sophomore Mike Maio in 23:08 and freshman Patrick Callahan in 23:34.
The Millbury finishers included Jake Porter in 20:11, Chris Bourgeois in 20:12, Mike Morley in 22:55 and Christian Lopez in 23:33.
Girls Cross Country
The Auburn girls cross country team did not have the same success as the boys. The Millbury girls took the first three spots and five out of the top six places, as the Auburn girls lost 17-41, dropping to 2-1 on the season. Millbury improved to 2-1.
Auburn’s top finisher was Riley Simmons in 22:00. Other Auburn girls to finish in the top 10 included Jess Powers in 23:24, Michelle Dufault in 23:34 and Sarah Wilcox in 23:39.
But the meet belonged to Millbury. Angie DiDomenica, an eighth-grader, won the race easily with a time of 20:09. She was followed by teammates Alexis Violette in 21:27 and Maria DiDomenica in 21:33. After Auburn’s Simmons came in, Millbury’s Keryn Reno and Courtney Diamond finished strong, with respective times of 22:22 and 23:09.
After its seventh game on Wednesday, the Auburn field hockey squad still doesn’t know what letting up a goal feels like.
Auburn senior goalkeeper Sarah Palace recorded her seventh shutout, as Auburn defeated Doherty, 6-0. With the victory, Auburn moved to 6-0-1 on the season.
Junior Jaime McNamara led the way with two goals, and four other players scored a goal, including freshman Shannon Hynes, junior Jackie Matthews, freshman Hannah Harris and sophomore Taylor Foulkrod.
Junior Lyndsey Gabrielian dished out three assists, junior Erin Collins distributed two assists, and senior Samantha Allison also gave out an assist.