BHS Cross Country Runners Join Throngs of Competitors at Twilight Invitational

October 17, 2023

Bedford High School cross country competitors won four medals in Friday’s Bob Glennon Twilight Invitational at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth.

Hundreds of runners from across southeastern New England competed in the races, sponsored by the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association. The BHS team’s final home meet is scheduled for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. versus Waltham.

Jonny Garraway placed fourth (time of 15 minutes, 52 seconds) and Carter Rauch was 17th (16.24) among 224 runners in the boys’ varsity five-kilometer race. In the girls’ five-kilometer, Addison Poulter placed 25th among 161 competitors (time of 19:34). And Sahill Rotella placed 17th in the boys’ ninth-grade race, a distance of 2.1 miles.

(L to R:) Elena Protasowicki, Samantha Sheahan, Anna Massaro, Addison Poulter, Grace Niu, and Farrah Scott contributed to the BHS Girls’ Varsity team placing 6th out of 16 teams on Friday night. Courtesy Image

“These are great results, given the size of the races,” said Coach Richard Donnelly. He explained that the Twilight Invitational starts at sundown with most of the races taking place on a lighted trail that winds around the fairgrounds – “including running through barns. It was a cool fall evening with clear skies, the perfect conditions for a night race.” 

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The last race of the event, the varsity girls’ 5-K, started at 9:30 p.m. The BHS girls’ varsity finished sixth out of 16 teams. Poulter was followed by Anna Massaro in 30th place, Samantha Sheahan (34th), Elena Protasowicki (68th), Grace Niu (73rd), Farrah Scott (97th), and Michelle Wong (132nd).

The boys’ varsity placed 16th out of 30 teams. Also running, and their placement, were Oren Brosgol (109th), Anthony O’Brien (160th), and Simon Bendersky (161st).

Other results were: boys’ junior varsity – 360 runners: Leo DiSano (138th place), Kai Holland (181st), Yuri Kerov 335th); girls’ junior varsity – 250 runners: Maddie Ota (35th), Josie Donnelly (96th), Eliza Dickert (113th), and Ellie Sweetland (146th).

Boys’ 10th-grade race – 179 runners: William Protasowicki (34th place), Michael Cheng (74th), and Nao Okamoto (98th); boys’ ninth-grade race – 256 runners: besides Rotella, Patrick Salazar-Weibel (36th place), Adam Chao 74th), Kevin Lang (159th place), Isaac Johansson (174th), Charles Mara (215th) and Brian Covel (224th place); girls’ ninth-grade race – 176 runners: Annaliese Randazzo (50th place), Ariane Sweetland (63rd), Asalie Brosgol (107th).

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