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MIAA ALL-STATE CROSS-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS

Peabody’s Marcelo Rocha wins boys’ Division 1 cross-country title

GARDNER — Throughout high school, Peabody’s Marcelo Rocha has been the consummate winner. From dual meets to invitationals, the two-time Eastern Massachusetts cross-country champion tended to lead the way each race.

But one thing continued to elude Rocha year after year — a state title. The closest he had come was second place in 2015, behind Thomas D’Anieri of Wellesley. On Saturday at the Gardner Municipal Golf Course, it was Rocha’s turn.

The senior covered the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 38 seconds — 21 seconds ahead of runner-up Tristan Shelgren of St John’s Prep — to claim his first Division 1 state title.

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“[D’Anieri] ran an amazing race last year,” Rocha said. “This year I just had to mimic what Thomas did, and run my heart out. It feels great to win this meet, it’s something I missed last year.”

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Rocha separated himself from the pack early on, but he knew that his competition had the speed to come back at any time.

“I knew they’re all great, I think they were all waiting on their kick, because they’re very fast kids,” he said. “I knew that may not have been how I thought the race would develop, but we still had half the race to go.”

Brookline’s Lucas Aramburu (15:59) was third, followed by Lowell’s Christopher Polanco (16:04).

Wellesley took the Division 1 state crown with 76 points, edging second-place Lowell by 6 points. The two schools each spent time at No. 1 in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association poll, and as Wellesley coach Tim Broe said, Lowell helped pushed his team to success.

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“They’ve provided a lot of inspiration for these boys. They’ve set a standard in the state that everyone has been chasing,” said Broe of Lowell, which had won back-to-back state titles. “Without a Lowell, we would not have finished first today.”

Wellesley placed five runners in the top 25, led by Ben Matejka (ninth place, 16:23) and Thomas Weiss (13th place, 16:32).

Newburyport’s Jack Carleo (16:20) strode to a first-place finish in the Division 2 race. Carleo said he stayed with a pack of runners at the 1-mile mark in an attempt to pace himself.

“Last time out here at the Bay State Invitational, I went out real hard and ran one of my worst times ever,” Carleo said. “I ran over a minute faster today than I did a few weeks ago.”

Directly behind Carleo were Nico Agosta of Parker Charter (16:25) and Adam Cook of Melrose (16:29). Hopedale took the Division 2 state title with 89 points. Wakefield (108) and Newburyport (178) took second and third.

Results

at Gardner Municipal Golf Course

Boys Division 1

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 1. Marcelo Rocha, Peabody 15:38; 2. Tristan Shelgren, Saint John’s Prep 15:59; 3. Lucas Aramburu, Brookline 15:59; 4. Christopher Polanco, Lowell 16:04; 5. Patrick Craemer, Saint John’s Prep 16:05; 6. Kyle Cloutier, Nashoba 16:15; 7. Thomas Lingard, Lexington 16:18; 8. Anthony Rodriguez, Lowell 16:20; 9. Benjamin Matejka, Wellesley 16:23; 10. Andrew Mah, Newton North 16:24; 11. Derek Holmes, Marshfield 16:29; 12. Cameron Correia, Holyoke 16:30; 13. Thomas Weiss, Wellesley 16:32; 14. Kevin Quinn, Needham 16:35; 15. Eli Gappelberg, Lexington 16:40.

 Team: 1. Wellesley, 76; 2. Lowell, 82; 3. Peabody, 154; 4. Saint John’s Prep, 156; 5. Needham, 169

Boys Division 2

 1. Jack Carleo, Newburyport 16:20; 2. Nico Agoata, Parker Chart 16:25; 3. Adam Cook, Melrose 16:29; 4. Sam Acquaviva, Newburyport 16:44; 5. Ethan Matthews, Ayer Shirley 16:46; 6. Patrick Guinee, Manchester Essex 16:48; 7. Tyler Morris, Weston 16:49; 8. James Piccirilli, Watertown 16:51; 9. Steven O’Driscoll, Norwell 16:52; 10. Oliver Jacob, Marblehead 16:53; 11. Quin Cantrill, Parker Chart 16:54; 12. Matt Greatorex, Wakefield 16:54; 13. Brandon Hall, Hopedale 16:55; 14. Nick Murphy, Pentucket 16:56; 15. David Wollensak, Hopedale 16:57

 Team: 1. Hopedale, 89; 2. Wakefield, 108; 3. Newburyport, 178; 4. Melrose, 184; 5. Pentucket, 200.

Girls Division 1

 1. Grace Connolly, Natick 18:27; 2. Margot Ehrenthrol, Concord-Carlisle 19:25; 3. Sophia Jacobs-Towns, Amherst-Pelham 19:30; 4. Nicole Clermont, Franklin 19:36; 5. Jamie Falla, Wachusett 19:39; 6. Jillian Callahan, Plymouth South 19:39; 7. Olivia Sheffield, Lowell 19:47; 8. Grace Leightheiser, Lexington 19:48; 9. Caroline Barry, Newton South 19:56; 10. Sarah Cavanaugh, Auburn 19:57; 11. Bailie Falla, Wachusett 19:57; 12. Katherine Collins, Newton South 19:58; 13. Gabrielle Lawrence, Shepherd Hill 20:02; 14. Sophie DeFreitas, Lincoln-Sudbury 20:04; 15. Sam Curtin, Plymouth North 20:07.

 Team: 1. Lexington, 87; 2. Lowell, 158; 3. Woburn, 196; 4. Newton South, 197; 5. Wachusett, 199.

Girls Division 2

 1. Bridget Mitchell, Milton 19:15; 2. Ashley Walker, Westwood 19:24; 3. Sarah Tully, Wayland 19:28; 4. Emily Sessa, Tewksbury 19:31; 5. Eve Feuerbach, Manchester Essex 19:35; 6. Sophia Masciarelli, Holy Name Central Catholic 19:37; 7. Elise O’Leary, Milton 19:37; 8. Lauren Grela, Ursuline Academy 19:40; 9. Ella Affanato, Milton 19:40; 10. Kaylee Dunn, Tri-County 19:43; 11. Jackie Wells, Mohawk Trail 19:48; 12. Emily Koufos, Watertown 19:48; 13. Emma Jourdain, Lenox Memorial 19:50; 14. Katie Cass, Duxbury 19:53; 15. Jaylan Fraser-Mines, Tyngsborough.

 Team: 1. Milton, 48; 2. Tewksbury, 84; 3. Lenox Memorial, 101; 4. Hamilton-Wenham, 199; 5. Westwood, 204.