Island runners compete at Middle School and Coaches invitationals

The Vineyard girls who traveled to the Mass Middle School Invitational were, from left: Natalja Lakis, Rose Engler, Maggie Mayhew, Whitney Schroeder, Madison McBride, Mary McCarthy. — Photo by Marylee Schroeder

Vineyard middle school and high school cross-country runners competed in off-Island events last weekend.

Five Islanders from grades 5-8 traveled to Tewsksbury and ran in the 4th annual Massachusetts State Middle School Cross Country Invitational. One hundred sixty schools and 1,800 runners took part on the 1.7-mile course. The top 15 finishers in each race received medals.

Two Vineyard girls ran in the 7th grade race. Rose Engler of Oak Bluffs medaled by finishing 10th out of 235 runners in 11:32. Maggie Mayhew of West Tisbury placed 99th with a time of 13:36. Three girls participated in the 8th grade race. Mary McCarthy of W.T. ran a time of 12:30 (34th overall of 171), Madison McBride of W.T. finished in 12:31 (36th), and Natalja Lakis ran 13:51 (91st). Whitney Schroeder of W.T. made the trip but was recovering from a back injury and could not run.

The MVRHS junior varsity harriers ran in the Coaches Invitational at the Wrentham Developmental Center. Nate D’ Angelo (11:12, 24th) and Silas Berlin (11:19, 29th) both medaled in the 3K boys freshman race. Julian Kelly (18:12, 35th) took home a medal in the 5K junior/senior race.

The Vineyard varsity runners sat out the Coaches Invitational to prepare for the Eastern Mass Divisional Championships on November 10, also in Wrentham. There, the Vineyarders will try to qualify for the State Meet in Northfield on November 17.