Second home meet brings mixed results

Kathryn Russo

The Girls Cross Country Team raced against Wellesley and Dedham at home last Tuesday, October 6. Once the whistle was blown the girls took off on the crisp October afternoon racing their hardest and doing their best to beat out the competition. It was both a good and bad day for the runners, defeating Dedham with a score of 15-50, but losing to Wellesley 16-49.
Walpole junior Courtney Shea completed the 2.57 mile course in 16:30 taking third place for the Rebels and scoring the only point against Wellesley. Junior Brigette Lawton (17:14) and Elizabeth Jelloe (17:57) snagged sixth and ninth place to round out the top ten. Next for the Rebels varsity squad was junior Jocelyn Lydon coming in at 18:51, and juniors Grace Lynch and Colby Nadeau, and sophomore Paola Yerxa concluded Walpole’s top seven.
Although Walpole was demolished by Wellesley, the girls did some demolishing of their own against Dedham. The entire Walpole varsity team finished before all of the Dedham runners, bringing Walpole’s record to 6-3.
Junior varsity runner freshman Mary DeBlasio made record breaking strides in her race. The JV course consists of a 1.78 mile loop starting in the woods and ending on the track. She ran the course in 12:46 breaking the previous record which she also set.
The girls have another home meet next Tuesday, October 13, against Milton. They hope the home course advantage will bring their record to 7-3.