AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School boys and girls cross country teams could not have started their seasons much better this week.
Both teams cruised to victories against Quaboag Regional High School in their season openers on Quaboag’s three-mile course.
The boys swept their meet, 15-50, as they had the first 13 runners come across the finish line. Then the girls dominated Quaboag, 15-48, as freshman Riley Simmons won her first race in high school.
On the boys side, senior Matt Lavallee came in first with a three-mile time of 19:27. He was followed by sophomore Matt Healey in 19:52, sophomore Thomas Gannon in 20:40, junior John Bylund in 20:49, junior Aidan Foley-Foster in 21:21, junior Kevin Foley-Foster in 21:25 and junior Jacob Mikolajczyk in 22:03.
“I’m definitely happy with the first meet,” said Coach Jim Gonyea. “And our kids were so far ahead, that I know they can run faster.”
Other boys finishers included junior John Leger in 22:27, junior Tyler Ducharme in 22:40, junior Kyle Quitadamo in 22:51, junior Zach Peterson in 23:35, sophomore Colin Gallaway in 23:41, junior Ryan Malakie in 23:49, junior Chris Cubbedge in 25:18, sophomore Mike Maio in 27:51 and freshman Patrick Callahan in 28:51.
Gonyea said that Wednesday’s meet at Uxbridge will be the team’s “first real test of the year.”
“The boys have what it takes to beat them, but it will be a tough one,” Gonyea said.
On the girls side, Simmons showed that the next four years could be special - it’s hard to find many freshmen winning their first race.
Simmons finished the three miles in 25:37. She was followed by Auburn’s Jessica Powers in 25:58 and then Erin Breen in 26:05.