AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn Middle School girls’ cross country team capped off its impressive season with a third-place finish in the state meet in November.
At the fourth annual Massachusetts State Middle School Cross Country Invitational in Tewksbury, the girls’ squad tallied 145 points to place third behind three-time champion Clarke Middle School of Lexington (62 points) and runner-up Mountview of Holden (138) in a field of 25 teams.
The Rockets had three girls finish in the top 10 in the state. Eighth-grader Sarah Cavanaugh led the team with a second-place finish in the championship race with a 1.7-mile time of 10:51, a 6:23 mile pace. Then eighth-grader Andrea Bolduc came in fifth place with a time of 10:55, a 6:25 pace, and eighth-grader Elizabeth Anusauskas crossed in 10th place at 11:14, a 6:37 pace.
The other runners to place for Auburn were eighth-grader Megan Gurlitz in 12:04, a 7:06 pace, and sixth-grader Allison Anusauskas in 12:23, a 7:18 pace.
Clare Martin of Newton won the race in 10:30, which was 21 seconds faster than Cavanaugh.
More than 1,700 runners competed in two team races for boys and girls. The event was conducted by USA Track & Field - New England and sponsored by the Boston Athletic Association.
Back in October, the Auburn Middle School girls’ squad dominated the Southern Worcester County League Cross Country Championships in Webster. The team had 34 points, which was well ahead of Uxbridge (53), Dudley (76), Oxford (84), Tantasqua (150), Millbury (153), Northbridge (190), Spencer (214) and Bartlett (274).
The Rockets had four runners in the top 10 spots. Cavanaugh edged out Bolduc at the finish line to win the 1.84-mile race, as Cavanaugh came in 11:17 and Bolduc crossed in 11:20. Then, E. Anusauskas finished in fourth place (11:56), Gurlitz came in 10th place (12:49) and eighth-grader Delaney Nadeau crossed in 17th place (13:11).
The Auburn High School cross country and track teams are looking forward to a strong group of runners next fall.