The entries are closed for weekend’s Frank Kelley Invitational. While we won’t know what races that runners will be competing in until Saturday’s meet, we do know some of the top talent that will be toeing the line at the Wrentham Developmental Center.
Here we list a five harriers that could make an impact.
Marcus Reilly, Northbridge – We’re predicting a stellar season for the Rams’ senior, who is hoping to conclude his final year on the dirt trail. Reilly won the Div. 3 Championships last year and was second at the Meet of Champions with a time of 15:40.37. The Michigan commit defended his title at the Frank Mooney Invitational in 2022 with a time of 15:54.80. He has a best of 15:24.8 at Wrentham from his victory at the Mooney Invite in 2021. Reilly, who has achieved a plethora of success on the track with bests of 4:06 for the mile and 1:50 for the 800m, has a goal of making it to the nationals in early December. He’ll be focused and ready on Saturday as he begins his quest. One thing for sure, if the race is still tight in the late stages at Kelley, the odds are high that Reilly will be breaking the tape at the end.
Jacob Bronstein , Cambridge Rindge & Latin – Bronstien was fifth in this race last year where he had a PR of 15:49.6. He was fourth at the Dual County League Championships in 2022 with a time of 16:13.5. Bronstein is coming off a track season where he achieved a multitude of PRs in events ranging from the 600-meter run to the mile. Among the more notable was a 4:17.37 for the mile from the Glenn B. Loucks Games in New York and a 2:32.40 clocking in the 1,000m, an event he eventually finished third at the Div. 1 Championships.
Devin Moreau, Greater Lowell Tech – The talented senior opened up his fall season last year by placing 11th in this race with a time of 16:03.1. He ran a best of 15:39.10 at Wrentham in 2022, an effort that earned him a victory at the MVADA State Vocational Championships. The UMass-Lowell commit was also second in the Div. 2 Champions where he was timed in 15:42.6.
Isaac Gross, Marblehead – Gross is coming off a victory in the Varsity 2 race of last weekend’s Ocean State Invitational with a an all-time best of 16:01.6, a nearly 50-second improvement from what he ran at the regional meet in 2022. Gross was ninth at the Div. 1C Championships last fall. We expect will see significant improvement from Gross at the Div. 2A meet this season for the Magicians, who have been moved down to the division with the new alignment. He could be among several under 16 minutes this weekend.
Neil Aradhya, Groton-Dunstable – The Crusader senior saw a 35-second best at the Ocean State Invite last Saturday where he registered a time of 16:04.6 in the Championhip race. Aradyha ran 16:15.8 at Wrentham last year, which placed him second in the Junior/Senior Small School race at the Frank Mooney Invitational. He was also a third-place finisher in Div. 2B and seventh at the MOC.