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Dibble Leads Strong Boys XC Team

Boys (right to left) Patrick Dibble, Joe Ruggiero and Quinton Daley compete in the early stages of the CCC Cross Country Championships at Wickham Park, Wednesday. Dibble would go on to finish 3rd overall. 29 teams and 203 runners competed in the race.

Mr. Mike Bendzinski

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The boys Cross Country team finished the regular season with a record of 10-4 and a 3rd place finish in the CCC North.

At the CCC Championships, and for most of the year, the team was led by standout Senior Patrick Dibble, who finished 3rd overall in the race. Dibble had been plagued by allergies recently, and his practice sessions have had to be altered, so the 3rd place finish was a good confidence builder going into the more important Class LL State Championship meet.

Sophomore Joe Ruggiero ran second for MHS finishing 11th in the North division. The standout sophomore has been a steady 2nd runner for the team and has recently decided to give his total commitment to the sport of running by joining the indoor and outdoor track teams. “l love running because you can measure your success by your place and time,” he said.

In sports like cross country, swimming and track and field you are competing for a team, but if your team is lacking in talent or commitment, you can still advance in the state tournament as an individual representing your team. Both Dibble and Ruggiero earned ALL-CCC North Conference honors.

Senior Matt Reichelt  is on the comeback trail after sustaining an injury earlier in the season. Reichelt ran 3rd for the team improving 20 seconds from his previous race over the Wickham Park Championship course.  Senior Alan Pearl improved his time by over 2 minutes, finishing 4th for the team. Alan sat out all of last year with an injury, so it is very satisfying to see him out there as a varsity runner helping the team. Sophomore Robert Adams-Michaud, better known as a great swimmer here at MHS, has been a solid varsity runner for the team all season. Rob finished 5th for the team at the CCC Championships.  Closely behind Adams- Michaud was Senior Quinton Daley, a recent newcomer to the Varsity team. The top JV finisher was freshman Jakob Lopez.

Only 7 runners from each team will be competing in the State Championships right here at Wickham Park, Manchester. Come out and be the “8th runner” by cheering them on. After all, this talented group only takes 22 minutes to run a 5k race. Race time is 10:20 for the girls, 10:55 for the boys.

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