WRENTHAM – Lucia Werner packed the miles in for four years and has trained with talent that includes the great Camille Jordan and believes it’s her time to shine.
The Brookline Warrior senior more than proved her case when won her first-ever major race, defeating a ‘who’s who’ of Massachusetts cross country runners. Werner surged across the finish line to capture the championship race at Saturday’s Frank Kelley Large School Invitational at the Wrentham Developmental Center.
Werner was tucked in a 12-runner pack through the mile and was still there with the whittled-to-six cluster at two miles before making a huge move with 400 meters left to pass Holliston’s Maggie Kuchman and take the 5K race in 18 minutes, 21.9 seconds. Kuchman finished well to take second in 18:26.3 and defending Div. 1 All-State champion Aoife Shovlin of Weymouth clinched the bronze medal in 18:34.1.
“I’ve never won an invitational so I wanted to lay low so the other girls didn’t know I was in the mix,” said Werner. “I’ve gone through all the ups and downs and I knew I was ready for this. I’ve put in a lot of miles and it’s time to make an impact.”
Devin Moreau of Greater Lowell led four runners under 16 minutes as he ran to a personal best of 15:27.7 to capture the championship race. Paulino Guevara Mateo of Cambridge had a big day in taking second in 15:41.6 and Groton-Dunstable’s Neil Aradhya clinched third in 15:42.5. Jacob Bronstein of Cambridge also dipped under 16 with fourth place in 15:52.8.
“I felt comfortable through the mile (4:56) and took the lead just beforetwo miles,” said Moreau. “I did a lot of miles over the summer and now I’m ready to run with anyone.”
Weymouth’s Gracie Richard led the Wildcats to a 1-2-3 finish in the junior/senior race in 11:03.9 and teammate Leah Glavin took the sophomore division in 11:54.7. Isabella Galusha and Kate Carnes finished second and third to Richard in 11:08.1 and 11:19.8, respectively.
“I feel like I’m fit this year than I was last year at this time,” said Richard.
Beverly’s Jason Provost was clocked in 9:55.6 for the win in the sophomore race, edging Central Catholic’s Geremia Ortega Jr. (10:00.4) and teammate Charles Bossler (10:15.5). Beverly went 1-2 in the junior/senior race as Riley McGoldrick captured the gold medal in 9:40.5. Calvin Barrett was second in 9:50.9.
Isabella Miller of Central Catholic won the freshman race comfortably in 11:55.4. Weymouth had another strong performance, this one coming from Natalie McInnis, who was second in 12:08.5. Peabody’s Ella Braz took third in 12:15.9. Saint John’s Prep teammates Mateo Deorio and Leo Seltenrich battled to the finish in the freshman race with Deorio coming away with the gold, 10:01.9 to 10:03. Patrick Geagan of Weymouth finished strong in 10:13.5.
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