Boys’ cross country: 2011 All-Scholastics

Two of the best, Pembroke’s Wesley Gallagher (right) and Wakefield’s Stephen Robertson, strained to the finish of the Division 2 race at the boys’ state cross-country championship at Franklin Park.
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Two of the best, Pembroke’s Wesley Gallagher (right) and Wakefield’s Stephen Robertson, strained to the finish of the Division 2 race at the boys’ state cross-country championship at Franklin Park.


Joel Hubbard

Division 1: Marshfield

Hubbard was runner-up at both the Brown Invitational (15:21) and All-Division 1 State race (15:42). The senior was fourth (15:49) as the top Massachusetts representative at the Northeast Regional Championships, qualifying for Nationals.

Wesley Gallagher

Division 2: Pembroke


The reigning Globe 2010 Division 2 co-Runner of the Year outdid himself, winning the Division 4 EMass race (15:50) to help the Titans earn the title. He also won in the Division 2 All-State race, where Pembroke was runner-up to Bishop Feehan.


Michael Glennon

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Division 1: Brookline

Glennon-coached teams have a habit of winning big in the postseason, and 2011 was no exception. This year’s squad finished 11-0 and rode its tremendous depth to wins at the EMass Division 1 meet and the All-Division 1 State meet.

John Di Comandrea

Division 2: Wakefield

Di Comandrea, affectionately known as ”Deke”, ended his coaching career on a high note as he led his team to a Middlesex League title and a fourth-place finish in the Division 4 meet. DiComandrea has coached for 45 years.


Nathaniel Adams


Lexington, junior

The Middlesex League All-Star took third place in the Division 1 EMass race, and finished 10th in the Division 1 All-State race. Adams is a National Honor Society member and runs indoor and outdoor track for the Minutemen.

Chris Allen

King Philip, senior

Allen had a strong cross-country debut this season, winning the EMass Division 3 title in a time of 15:57. He was the Hockomock MVP and earned a bid to the Nationals in San Diego with his 16:03 time at Northeast Regionals.

Drew Beck

Oliver Ames, senior


The four-time Hockomock All-Star finished his high school career by finishing second at the league championship meet, fourth in the EMass Division 3 race, and 11th at All-States. He is considering West Point and the US Naval Academy.

Nicholas Christensen

Peabody, senior

Christensen finished the Franklin Park course in a blistering 15:46 to win the Division 1 EMass race. The three-time Northeastern Conference MVP finished fourth in the Division 1 All-State race after posting a 15:49 time.

Ben Groleau

Framingham, senior

Groleau set a Framingham record this season, running his 2.95-mile home course in 14:47. In addition to being undefeated in dual meets, he finished sixth in the EMass Division 1 race, and ninth (16:04) at the Division 1 All-State meet.

Michael McConville

Hingham, senior

McConville was undefeated in the Patriot League this season, and beat the field at the Catholic Memorial Invitational with a time of 16:04. He was third in Division 4 at the EMass race in a time of 15:54 and fourth at the All-State meet (15:52).

Michael O’Donnell

Methuen, senior

O’Donnell was named Merrimack Valley Conference Runner of the Year after winning the conference title. He finished fourth at the EMass Division 1 meet, and eighth at the Division 1 All-State meet in a school record time of 15:58.31.

Stephen Robertson

Wakefield, senior

Robertson was undefeated in the Middlesex League, helping the Warriors to the league title. He took first place at the Bay State Invitational, and was runner-up at the EMass Division 4 meet and the Division 2 All-State meet (15:44).

Chernet Sisay

Brookline, senior

Sisay won the McIntyre Twilight meet and was the only runner to finish the course in under 16 minutes. He also helped Brookline to both the EMass Division 1 and All-Division 1 State titles. He was 10th at the All-State meet.

Christian Stafford

Pembroke, sophomore

Stafford played a big role in Pembroke’s strong 2011 season, finishing fourth at the EMass Division 4 meet (16:08) to help the Titans to the team title. He was fifth at the All-Division 2 State meet (15:56), where the Titans were runners-up.

James Sullivan

Acton-Boxborough, senior

The winner of the Dual County League meet, Sullivan beat the field by 20 seconds and was named the DCL Runner of the Year. He was runner-up at the Division 1 EMass meet and was sixth in Division 1 at the All-State meet.

Kevin Thomas

Marshfield, senior

Thomas won the Division 2 race at the EMass tournament in 16:20, and shaved four seconds off his time the following week to take 14th in the Division 1 All-State race. He was runner-up at the Amherst Invitational (15:49) earlier this season.


Atlantic Coast - Dennis-Yarmouth: Keith Barnatchez, Colin Merrill, Sean Nee. Falmouth: Jake Barry. Marshfield: Joel Hubbard, Kevin Thomas. Nauset: Andrew Herwig. Plymouth North: Cody Farragher. Plymouth South: Max Bassett. Sandwich: David Allen, Henery Daniles-Koch, Paul David Gannett, David Regan, James Wegman

Bay State - Brookline: Matt Goroff, Grigoriy Gressel, Aaron Klein, Mark Perry, Chernet Sisay, Tharindu Weersinghe. Framingham: Ben Groleau. Natick: Chris Saccardo. Needham: Tommy Kelley. Newton North: Justin Keefe, Gabe Montague. Walpole: Chris Conley, Justin Connolly, Zach Ganshirt. Wellesley: James Eisenstein. Weymouth: Kurt Joyce, Nolan Parsley

Big Three - Brockton: John Burns, Jacob Hume, Laban Mohammed. Durfee: Nyrel Stroup, Chris Witty. New Bedford: Andrew Gonsalves, Paolo Tavares

Cape Ann - North Andover: Alex Sullivan and Greg MacArthur; Newburyport: Keith Conway, Chris Suprin, Nicholas Carleo, Joe Santo; Masconomet: Marco Caserta, James Polakiewicz, Jake Moorman; Triton: Cam Loughlin.

Dual County - Acton-Boxborough: Matt Bullock, Tim Cox, Dom DeFuria, Gabe Kline, Bashir Siddique, James Sullivan, Sam Toulman. Bedford: Sam Bradford. Boston Latin: Mike Ward. Concord-Carlisle: Seamus Lawler, Brian Rich, Russell Walton. Lincoln-Sudbury: Mathew Barnes, Conor Daley, Eli Hoenig, Gregory Holdman, Mathew O’Brien, Michael Quint. Newton South: Allen Shiu. Westford: Andre La Croix, Patrick Turpin. Weston: Mathew Herzig

Eastern Athletic - Bishop Feehan: John Dean, Henry Dodge, Evan Granfield, Richard Moschella, Michael Wood. Coyle Cassidy: Daniel Mcsolla. Martha’s Vineyard: Jeremy Alley-Tarter, Cooper Chapman, Kyle Joba-Wood, Michael Schroeder

Greater Boston - Cambridge: Niko Emack-Bazelais, Michael Scarlett, Will Suslovic. Malden: Danny Gould, Allan La, Yusuf Mohamed, Berhanu Tsige, William Wong. Medford: Brian Bourne. Somerville: Andryc Evich, Brian Martinez

Hockomock - Foxborough: Brendan Sullivan. King Philip: Chris Allen, Owen Gonser. Mansfield: Dan Caughey, Zach Frazier, Kham Halevdeth, Brendan McCarthy, Dave Morrill, Mitch Negus. North Attleborough: Mike Curley. Oliver Ames: Drew Beck, Andrew Kerester, Jim Sullivan. Stoughton: Nick Green

Mayflower - Bishop Connolly: Ian Chaney. Diman: Tevin Cintron, Chris Lotz, Matt Moussamih. Norfolk Aggie: Chris Brandon, Phillip Jewers, Jake MacVarish. Old Colony: Ryan Stopka. Sacred Heart (Kingston): Sam Boyles. Tri-County: Andrew Kerr, Tom Wheatry. West Bridgewater: Adam Petti, Joey Souza, Brandon Sullivan

Merrimack Valley - Andover: Ryan Cooney, Michael Maldari. Central Catholic: Tim Allen. Chelmsford: Robert Massey. Lowell: Alexis Andujar, Patrick Coppinger, Michael Kalenoski, Nicholas McArdle, Nathan McCarthy, Riccardo Torres. Methuen: Mike O’Donnell, Lucas Parsons. Tewksbury: Brian Amaral

Middlesex (Large) - Arlington: Dan MacDonald-Meeter, Quentin Stipp. Belmont: Paul Green. Lexington: Nathaniel Adams, Felix Cancre, Felix Chung, Andrew Swanson. Reading: Bill Tucker. Winchester: Brendan Creane, Lucas Phillips. Woburn: Dylan Crowley

Middlesex (Small) - Burlington: Paul Hogan, David Taranto. Melrose: Christian Gentile. Wakefield: James Bridges, Marc Bucchieri, Jared Gellar, Aaron Lucci, Stephen Robertson, Stephen Robinson. Watertown: Alec Holland. Wilmington: Erik Alatalo, Steve Halas

Northeastern - Lynn Classical: Perry Raymond. Lynn English: Chris Birotte, Matt Blaney, Alexander Bonitto, Tyler Comer, Ri Yan. Peabody: Nicholas Christensen. Revere: Brian Collins, John DelloRusso, Michael Fitzpatrick, Kristi Nushi, Rawlings Toglan. Salem: Aiden Scrimgeour. Saugus: Evan Covell, Nick Monaco. Winthrop: Josh Babb

Old Colony - Barnstable: Tom Cunningham, Luke Vicente. Bridgewater-Raynham: Ed Hall, James MacArthur, Rob Nee. Dartmouth: Logan Patenaude. Taunton: Damian Collins, Colby Correira, Jason Henrich, Cory Price, Jake Rogers

Patriot - Hingham: Michael McConville, Nick Nielsen. Middleborough: Tene Paquin. Pembroke: Pat Cunningham, Wesley Gallagher, Christian Stafford, John Valeri, Joe Vercollone. Scituate: Jake Reynolds. Silver Lake: Jim Nickerson, Derik Noland. Whitman-Hanson: Patrick Mulrey, Michael Reamer, Patrick Ryan

South Shore - Abington: Kevin Bunszell, Bobby Derbes, Ben Rangel, Brendan Whalen. Carver: Dan Flockton. East Bridgewater: Zack Fournier, Nick Frazier, Brendan Gareri, Patrick Hachey, Tanner Picklus. Harwich: Jack McMurrer, Ryan Richer. Norwell: Tommy Hynes, Tom Vafiades, Oliver Wallace, Owen Wiggins. Rockland: Andrew Raftery.

Tri-Valley - Dover-Sherborn: Teddy Mosher. Hopkinton: Pat Levenson. Medfield: Greg Lyons, Jack Moses, Ian Robertson, Sean Robertson. Norton: William Sullivan. Westwood: Greg Campion, Luke Devin, Bobby McLaughlin, Matt Reissfelder, Jim Terzian


The All-Scholastic cross-country team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues.