Getting ready for state tourney

Burke, Utz, and the Christys help harriers at elite McIntyre meet.

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School (MVRHS) boys varsity cross-country took third place among the 45 Division II high school teams competing in the Bob McIntyre Twilight Invitational meet, Oct. 18-19 at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds in Falmouth.

The glittery team finish was led by senior captain Peter Burke’s fourth-place finish and junior Isaac Richards’ 16th place, with support from sophomore Borja Tolay (46th), Kieran Karabees (76th), junior Owen Atkins (82nd), and Vito Aiello (99th/17:40.5) among the 325 competitors.

The Invitational, in its ninth year, drew nearly 50 schools statewide to compete in 5K Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshmen (2.1K) and Sophomore events. In addition to multiple top 10 and top 20 finishes, it is noteworthy that almost all Vineyard runners finished in the top half or better in their respective races.

Sophomore Zach Utz, who has struggled with injury in the early going, returned with a fourth-place finish to lead a cohort of MVRHS sophomores to a second-place finish among 13 teams and 134 runners in the sophomore race. Jonathan Norton finished 13th, with Daniel daSilva 15th, Sam Fetters 54th, Henry D’Andrea 56th and Calvin Brooks 80th in the field.

In the girl’s events, Adrienne and Eloise Christy finished 23rd and 25th among 217 runners in the varsity 5K, and Margaret Sykes (31), Amber Cuthbert (38) and Ashley Biggs (54) ran strongly against the 169 Junior Varsity runners. Sarah Creato ran 68th out of 183 runners in the sophomore race.

In the Boys JV race, Duncan Brown (33rd), Matt D-Andrea (38), JoJo Bonneau (66), Ethan Creato (84), Dash Christy (104), and Owen Steenkamp (218) ran the Purple to an eighth-place team finish in a crowded field of 268 runners. Nathan Cuthbert (50th) led the Purple freshman boys, followed by Linus Munn (98), and Carlos Borgus (146) in a field of 212 runners.

Freshmen Adrienne (23rd) and Eloise (26th) Christy stood out among 217 competitors in the girls Varsity event. Sara Creato finished 48th among 79 runners in the sophomore race.

The McIntyre Invitational is the beginning of elite end-of-year competitions, and serves as a good measuring stick, a positive one from the Vineyarder standpoint, as they prepare for the Cape and Islands League Championship at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School on Saturday, followed by the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Invitational on Nov. 2, the EMass championships on Nov. 9 at Wrentham, the All State Championship on Nov. 16 in Gardner, and potentially, the Nike regional meet on Nov. 11 in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.