Vineyard cross-country coach Joe Schroeder was hoping for better at the Eastern Mass Division Championships last Saturday in Wrentham.
The boys team that had done so well throughout the season came in a disappointing sixth out of 32 teams in Division 5. The top four teams qualified for the State Meet on Saturday in Northfield. Newburyport finished first but Vineyard league rival Coyle Cassidy, a team M.V had beaten during the regular season, snuck up and took second with an amazing race.
“We didn’t run as well as we wanted to,” coach Schroeder said in a phone conversation with the Times. “They just didn’t have their best race and they needed to have their best one. Because the kids were disappointed, that tells you that they cared and had a lot invested in the program.”
The silver lining was the performance of Jeremy Alley-Tarter, who was the only Vineyarder and one of ten individual runners outside of the top four teams to make the States. Jeremy finished the 5K course in 16:51, which was 14th overall and eighth of the ten solo qualifying runners. “Jeremy had one of his better times this season,” coach Schroeder said.
Mike Schroder (17:13, 24th) was next for the Vineyard. Cooper Chapman was 44th (17:38). Isaiah Maynard ran a great race and finished 57th in 17:52, tying him with teammate Kyle Joba-Woodruff. Sam Oslyn (18:03, 62nd) was the sixth Vineyarder to the tape.
The Vineyard girls were 19th of 32 teams. Julia Neville had the best Island time (21:02, 41st). Willoe Maynard was 57th (21:37). Willow Wunsch ran a personal best 22:51, to place 102nd.