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.
“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.”