DIVISION 1 GIRLS
Championships Dates: Nov. 11 – Division State Meet at Gardner Country Club, Gardner. Nov. 18 – Meet of Champions at Willard Field, Devens.
Top Teams: Div. 1A – Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Brookline, Needham, Acton-Boxborough, Weymouth. Div. 1B – Wellesley, Arlington, Westford Academy, North Andover, Barnstable. Div. 1C – Oliver Ames, Hopkinton, Marshfield
Runners To Watch: Div. 1A – Greta Hammer, Needham; Aoife Shovlin, Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Elizabeth Lathan, Acton Boxborough; Lucia Werner, Brookline. Div. 1B – Abigail Beggans, Wellesley; Emma Tuxbury, Wellesley, Charlotte Tuxbury, Wellesley; Emily Wedlake, Westford Academy; Ava Bullock, Barnstable; Chloe Dibb, Barnstable. Div. 2C – Katie Sobieraj, Oliver Ames; Elyse Srodawa, Hopkinton; Eleanor Angeles-Whitfield, Marshfield.
Predictions (Team/Individual winners): Div. 1A: Team-wise, this one appears to be wide open with Cambridge Rindge & Latin, Needham, Brookline, Acton Boxborough and Weymouth among those schools that have a legit shot at the title. The contenders for individual honors are Hammer and Shovlin, our top two returnees from last year’s meet where the tandem was third and fifth, respectively. Div. 2B: Will anyone touch Wellesley? It doesn’t look that way. The Red Raiders have the top three runners in the division with Beggans, and the Tuxbury sisters. Arlington seems like a comfortable No. 2. Individually, Charlotte Tuxbury is the defending champion. While she’s one of the favorites to break the tape at the end, it certainly won’t be easy. She’ll have to contend with her two other teammates, along with Angeles-Whitfield and Dibb, to name a few. Div. 2C: Two schools come to mind when thinking about the team crown – Oliver Ames and Hopkinton. Take your pick. Both teams appear evenly matched and each lost just one runner from last year’s teams. Oliver Ames is the returning champion and Hopkinton was fourth in Div. 1B in 2022. Meet of Champions: Just like Div. 1A, it’s all Wellesley here. The Red Raiders have the ability to get at least four of their harriers in the top 10. While their fifth could be further behind in the 30th to 40th-place range, it shouldn’t make a difference. As we know, anything can happen during the course of a season. But if everything goes right, no one is touching Wellesley.