Sixteen schools compete at 2015 Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships in Franklin Park

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T.K. Skenderian (Communications Director)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
e-mail:tk@baa.org
22 OCT 2015
The 19th annual Championships are held with the support of the Boston Public Schools, Boston Centers for Youth & Families, and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.

Sixteen schools and more than 270 youth student-athletes from the City of Boston competed at today's Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships, hosted by the Boston Athletic Association with adidas at Franklin Park. The 19th annual Championships are held with the support of the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.

On an ideal day for racing, Boys and Girls Championship Races covering 1200 meters were held in iconic Franklin Park, with a co-ed relay capping off the day's festivities. 

The Boys Championship wouldn't be decided until the final straightaway, as McKay's Roberto Dubon broke away from Franklin D. Roosevelt's Youmy Telemaque with an impressive sprint finish. Dubon's time was 3:45.57, while Telemaque clocked a time of 3:54.39. After finishing third last year, McKay took the team title with 74 points, followed by Edison (103 points), and O'Bryant (107). A total of 155 boys finished the race, with 16 teams competing.

Adrielle Cassimiro of Gardner Pilot Academy was champion of the Girls race, finishing strong with a time of 4:30.88. Rounding out the podium were Eliot's Reagan O'Brien (4:33.21) and King's Alyssa King (4:35.68). Edison placed nine girls in the top 30, helping them capture the team victory with 71 points. Mildred Ave and Eliot both tallied 92 points, with the former being awarded second place based on their sixth scorer. Making up the Girls race were 124 athletes and 12 teams.

The Joseph Lee School was the Co-Ed Relay champion, with their quartet finishing in 1:43. Three seconds back was McKay (1:46), followed by King (1:50), O'Bryant (1:50), and Jackson Mann (1:52). Each Co-Ed Relay team was made up of two boys and two girls. 

Many special guests attended the event, including event record holder and current Boston High School cross country runner Jovan Talavera, as well as 2012 Olympian Ruben Sanca. Sanca competed in the Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships before going on to race nationally and internationally as a professional runner. He represented Cape Verde in the 2012 London Olympic 5000 meters. 

Joining B.A.A. Executive Director Tom Grilk at the meet were Barbara Hamilton of Boston Parks & Recreation; Hatim Jean-Louis, Coach of Boston Public Schools High School Cross Country; Avery Esdaile, Boston Public Schools Athletic Director; Thaddeus Miles, Founder of HoodFit; and representatives from adidas.

Students in grades five through eight competed in these championships, being held for the 19th annual year. Full results can be found at CoolRunning.com.

Boston City Council President Bill Linehan and legendary U.S. distance coach Bill Squires founded the meet in the Fall of 1996, and four teams competed indoors at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center due to inclement weather. In Autumn 1997, the B.A.A. and adidas became involved with the program.

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Sixteen schools compete at 2015 Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships in Franklin Park

Sixteen schools and more than 270 youth student-athletes from the City of Boston competed at today's Boston Middle School Cross Country Championships, hosted by the Boston Athletic Association with adidas at Franklin Park. The 19th annual Championships are held with the support of the Boston Public Schools and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department.

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