Cross country teams move on to state championship


Submitted Zane Walter

For the first time in school history, boys’ cross country won the CMASS title.

Karthik Yalala and Macey Poitras-Cote

Looking to follow their impressive performances from the CMASS Division 1 championship meet, boys’ and girls’ cross country will compete in the state championship on Saturday, Nov. 16.

The boys’ cross country team took first place at the district championship for the first time in Algonquin’s history last Saturday. 

Five runners placed in the top 13: junior Will Lamburn finished eighth, senior captain Charlie McLarnon finished ninth, senior captain James Caroll finished 11th, junior Cole Gamache finished 12th, and senior captain Quinn Potter finished 13th.

According to Potter, the district championship meet is always the most important meet of the year for the team. 

“It’s where you really want to be ready to go and we had one of our best days at districts,” Potter said. 

Boys’ cross country head coach and social studies teacher Nate Uttaro expects a great effort from his team at the state championship meet.

“Saturday is going to be a huge test–you got the best teams in the state there,” Uttaro said. “It’s going to be great to see how we measure up [against them].”

The girls also had a strong showing finishing second overall. 

According to girls’ cross country head coach and math teacher Patrick Galvin, this season’s team is one of the best in school history. 

Senior captain Karymn Shreeve said that Saturday will be like a “victory lap” for the girls’ team following a very successful season. 

“We’re hoping to come in the top 15,” Shreeve said. “If we all have a good race, it will go well.” 

Galvin credits the team’s success to their cohesiveness and the team looks to continue this going into the state championship. 

“The girls were together, they ran the race together,” Galvin said. “They found each other, supported each other and came out with a great result.”