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GlobeSouth: Five story lines to follow in cross-country

Mansfield’s Duggan climbing ranks after injury

Mansfield High junior Mike Duggan tore his glute at the Hockomock League meet last fall, and although he finished the season, he did not perform as well as he would have liked. He sat out the winter and spring seasons, but back on the trails this season, he is running among the top three Hornets. He and classmate Dan Romano are the likely captains for next season.

Marshfield’s Meehan getting a kick out of running

Matt Meehan has run track at Marshfield High since his freshman season. Until this year, however, he played soccer during the fall. Transitioning to the trails, he has been on pace with the Rams’ top runner, senior Mike Tautiva. According to coach Dennis Sheppard, the two have finished with identical times the last two invitationals at 16:40 and 16:30, respectively.

Norton boys making unbeaten trek through the TVL

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After finishing last year with a 7-3 record, the Norton boys ripped off a perfect 8-0 dual meet season. Fifth-year coach Kent Taylor said seniors Billy Sullivan and “pacemaster” Max Marcotte have been propelling the team forward with pace times in the “five-teens.”

Transfers lifting NDA girls

Junior transfer Elizabeth Harrington (Brewster Academy) and freshman Caitlyn Rodway have made immediate impacts in their first season running at Notre Dame Academy in Hingham. Rodway was especially prepared after running on the varsity as an eighth grader at Sacred Heart in Kingston. She ran 20:11 at the Twilight Meet in Barnstable last Saturday.

Higgins’ twins pace Weymouth girls

Sophomore twins Kacie and Kelly Higgins have had their sibling rivalry extend to the cross-country course, battling for the No. 2 racing spot at Weymouth. Coach Mike Miller said the addition of Kelly from the girls’ soccer team has helped add depth and reliability to his roster. Junior Ashley Betts is the team’s returning frontrunner.

Peter Cappiello

Peter Cappiello can be reached at peter.cappiello@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @petecapps.
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