Nearly 1,300 runners are expected to be at Fort Devens this Saturday for the MSTCA Bay State Invitational. With several key runners opting out of this weekend’s meet, it’s difficult to predict the top schools that will be fighting for the team plaque. But who are the harriers that we believe might be challenging the pack up front.
Here’s our list.
BOYS’ A RACE
Paulino Guevara Mateo, Cambridge Rindge & Latin
CB&L will have several of its varsity sitting out on this one, but Mateo is scheduled to competein the first varsity race of the day.. The talented junior was second in the Championship race at last weekend’s Frank Kelley Invitational with a PR of 15:41.6, a meet won by the Falcons.
Devin Moreau, Greater Lowell Tech
Moreau is coming off a victory in the Championship race at the Kelley Invite, clocking a best of 15:27.7. The last time that the senior competed on the Fort Devens course was at the Meet of Champions where he was fifth in 16:08.7. No doubt he’ll be focusing on improving that time on Saturday with possible victory.
Sean McCauley, East Lyme
East Lyme is one of three late entries from Connecticut, who entered after the cancellation of the Wickham Park Invitational.McCauley is the No. 1 runner for the Vikings, who have captured four of the last five Class MM Championships and currently ranks No. 6 in the state. The East Lyme junior broke 16 minutes for the 5K distance a few weeks ago, placing 17th in the Championship race at the Ocean State Invitational with a time of 15:57.30.
Jack Courtney, Lowell
Courtney was fourth in this Varsity C race last year at this meet with a time of 16:43.7. He was 18th at the Manchester (NH) Invitational this past weekend where he traversed a very difficult 5K course at Derryfield Park in 16:18.3
Colin Fisher, Boston Latin
The Wolfpack senior, a 9:13 two-miler, ran 16:19.70 at the Ocean State Invitational on Sept. 25.
BOYS’ B RACE
Thomas Corbett, Norwell
Corbett, the Division 2C champion last year, has a season best of 16:22.70 from the Franklin Park Invitational on Sept. 25.
Henry Jacobsen, Parker Charter
The Panther junior was tenth in the Varsity race at the Ocean State Invite with a season best of 16:31.20.
Caleb Hatlevig, Parker Charter
Hatlevig was fourth in the Varsity B race at last year’s Bay State Invitational. The Panther senior ran 16:45.0 at Ocean State.
BOYS’ C RACE
Steve White, Algonquin
White had a solid performance at the Ocean State Invitational. The Titan senior was timed in 16:11.7.
Ben Kasen, Brookline
Kasen is part of a Warrior squad that is currently ranked No. 1 in the BSR/HOKA Power Rankings. The Brookline junior had a strong race at the Bowdoin Park XC Classic, where he was sixth overall in the Varsity 2 race with a time of 16:11 on the challenging 5K.
Lysander Duffield, Brookline
Duffield was the No. 2 runner for Brookline at Bowdoin Park, finishing 15th overall in 16:34.5.