BHS Cross Country Runners Qualify for State Meets

November 13, 2023
Bedford High School girls’ cross country team qualified the second consecutive year for the state MIAA meet. Courtesy Image

Members of the Bedford High School girls’ cross country team continued their historic season on Saturday by punching their tickets to next Saturday’s MIAA state championships with a sixth-place finish at last weekend’s divisional finals. This marks the second consecutive year the team has qualified for the state meet.

Running the five-kilometer course at the Wrentham Development Center, senior Samantha Sheahan led the way for Bedford with a seventh-place finish out of 140 runners in Division 2B  with a personal record time of 19 minutes, 19 seconds. Junior Anna Massaro also qualified for a medal by coming in 12th in place 20:06.

Addison Poulter overcame a nasty side stitch to finish 23rd in 20:40. Junior Vivian Liu ran a season-best 22:09 to take 60th, just ahead of senior Co-Captain Elena Protasowicki’s 61st, in 22:14). Junior Madeleine Ota finished 65th in a personal best 22:26, while junior Grace Niu was 71st in 22:45.

Also, two senior members of the boys’ cross country team qualified as individuals for the all-state meet, which will take place in Devens. Jonny Garraway placed fourth in a time of 16 minutes and Carter Rauch placed 26th with a time of 16:56. 

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“We had a plan coming here and the girls executed it really well,” girls’ Coach Joel Hebert said. “Sam ran the smartest race of her four-year career, and Anna looked in control the whole time. Addi showed her guts running through a side-stitch, and our four-seven runners all looked strong and to help us get back to All-States.” He said the goal next Saturday is to improve upon their 15th place finish in 2022.

The boys’ cross-country team placed 14th in the divisional meet. Garraway and Rauch were followed by Sahill Rotella at 85th with a time of 18:23, Caden Shimko at 114th in 19:04, William Protasowicki at 118th with a time of 19:17, Anthony O’Brien at 119th in 19:18, and Patrick Salazar-Weibel, 135th in 19:56. 

Boys’ Coach Rich Donnelly said, “It was really nice to see Jonny and Carter finish their high school cross country racing by qualifying to race at all-states for a third time.”  He added, “It was great to get Sahill, Caden, William, and Patrick, as returning sophomores and freshmen, into this race so they have experience for next year.”

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