Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Boys Win Another Close One Versus a Tough Medfield Team 24-31 as Joey Annand breaks the Norton Course Record and Stays Undefeated; Katie Bradley Wins for the Girls!

In a very tough battle with a deep Medfield team, the Lancer boys were able to secure another win this season 24-31.  The boys went 1-2-5-6-10 for the win.  Senior Captain Joey Annand took the race from the start and ran his way by himself to a new Norton course record of 16:56 and the win! Austin Carroll was able to grab second for the Lancer boys, while Thomas LeClaire and DJ Nihill stayed close and took 5th and 6th overall.  Joey Cronin paced himself to a sub six minute per-mile-pace rounding out the scoring 5.  The top 5 Norton boys are now all under 6 minutes per-mile-pace now! Rounding out the varsity 7 was James Wilson and newcomer freshman rookie Ethan Tetrault! Congrats on earning a varsity letter Ethan.  All but two of the boys got personal records.  Congrats to you all!

The girls were handed a tough loss today 33-26.  Katie Bradley continued her winning ways beating the second place overall Medfield runner by 36 seconds.   Senior captains Kamrynn Bowman, Sarah Anderson, and Renee Sanford placed 3rd, 5th, and 13th respectively.  Rounding out the varsity seven was Hannah Deleah, Calie Shea (returning from injury), and Kaylee Annand. 

Norton looks to compete in their first invitational of the season at the Wrentham Developmental Center at the Frank Kelley Invite this Saturday afternoon starting at 12:30! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Joey Annand Stays Undefeated on the Season; Katie Bradley Wins Versus Hopkinton, Both Teams Suffer a Loss

Captain Joey Annand Leads From the Gun to the Finish
Congrats to Joey Annand who stayed undefeated on the season taking first place against Hopkinton at home today.  
Junior Katie Bradley Takes the Girls Race

Katie Bradley also won her race today 11 seconds over second place Hopkinton runner Isabella Giordano.  
The girls lost 43-20 today, while the boys unfortunately had to take a disqualification forfeit.  

We all make mistakes, and I can tell you confidently, that I will learn from this one.  The following is a letter I sent to the league coaches in regards to today's meet: 

"I took both Hop girls and boys on a tour of the course today, per usual.  I explained the first two loops on the track and gravel, then jogged and explained the outer two loops of the course.  When I brought the teams back into the track area, I have no explanation for what happened next.  I told them they were to do the gravel the opposite way and then come back into the track and do the last 200 meters on the track.  Maybe when I was talking so much I just got into the groove I used to with a stream of consciousness and I just explained the OLD COURSE that we had for years.  I do not know why.  It was a mistake.  I think I explained the old course so many times for years and years that that file in my brain just opened and out it went.   

On paper, it looks like the Norton boys 27-29, based on how they finished.  However, the Hopkinton #1 runner (#2 overall behind Joey) had to get back onto the track after about 30 meters and still placed where he probably would have (in other words, Joey had him beat, and Austin was not going to catch him today).  Then I was able to get to the end of baseball field, and with the help of the two Hop boys coaches, get the rest of the HOP runners right onto the track for the final 200 meter finish so none of them went the wrong way (they do NOT do the gravel again like we used to as I had told them in the course preview when I had that lapse in memory).  

I could not, in good conscience, try to fight for the win.  If I was the opposing coach, I would have been upset.  Both their boys coaches handled the situation with incredible grace and class (Thank you so much for that Jenn).  I always tell my students to walk around in someone else's shoes (Atticus Finch - TKAM).  If I was their coach, I would want the coach who made the mistake to make it right.  I did the best I could to make it right by apologizing to their team and coaches, self-imposing a disqualification, which disqualifies the team from the win.  This will move the Norton boys to 2-1 on the season.  

I apologize again to all of the Hopkinton staff again for my mistake.  I have never made a mistake of this caliber in 25 seasons of coaching XC, Indoor Track, or Outdoor Track (don't get me wrong...I have made mistakes...just not one like this where I cost us a win/loss).  All I can do is promise to try to be better in the future and not make this mistake again.  

I am so sorry. 

Now I just have to find a way to make this right to my team." 

Knowing how hard these athletes train and work to get to the point they are, I cannot be sorry enough to my athletes for taking this win away from them.  As I said to the league, I will work to be better and do everything I can for this team to achieve the success it has worked so hard for and deserves.  

Norton XC stays home again next week to take on the MEDFIELD WARRIORS at 3:45. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Cronin Takes the Critical Fifth Spot for the Boys as They Win a Barnburner 27-28 Over a Tough Dover-Sherborn Team Away!

Senior Joey Cronin Secures the Victory for the Lancers Taking 10th Overall & 5th for Norton
The boys traveled 45 minutes north to the hills of Dover-Sherborn to take on a very tough and large DS team.  Joey Annand lead the race from the start and crossed the line in first.  Austin Carroll placed 3rd overall, while Thomas LeClaire and DJ Nihill stayed close to each other placing 6th and 7th and the lynchpin for the meet was getting senior Francis Cronin back from injury to place 5th for the Lancers and 10th overall.  He changed the entire meet as 5 DS athletes came in right behind him! Rounding out the varsity 7 for the boys was Zach Steele and Ryan LaFrancois.
Senior Captains Kambrynn Bowman & Sarah Anderson 
The girls fought a tough battle with a massive Dover-Sherborn girls team 5 times the size of them and put up a good fight.  The girls lost 34-25.  Katie Bradley and Kambrynn Bowman placed 2nd and 3rd while Sarah Anderson placed 6th. Renee Sanford placed 4th for the Lancers, while newcomer Hannah Deleah placed 5th.  Rounding out the varsity 7 was Kaylee Annand and Catherine Whittington.

Norton will next compete against a tough Hopkinton team in their home opener next Wednesday, September 21st at 3:30!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Norton Boys Go 1-2-3 in Season Opener in Holliston for the Win; Bradley & Annand Take Top Spots!

Full Team Shot Post-Race
A big congrats to the Norton boys team who pulled off a great win away at Holliston today 24-32!

The boys team was down by 8 after mile 2 and with some tactical moves by sophomores Austin Carroll to move himself securely into second and DJ Nihill into 7th the score was closer as the race came to an end.  However, it was not until veteran Senior Captain and Thomas "Mr. Clutch" LeClaire passed 3 Holliston runners in the last 1/4 mile of the race (2 in the final sprint to the finish) to secure the victory for the Lancer harriers. Senior Captain Joey Annand won the race outright and was unchallenged.  The boys move to 1-0 on the season.
Senior Captain Joey Annand Takes the Win 
Sophomore Austin Carroll Secures Second 
The girls battled today and came up a little short to deep Holliston team.  Junior TVL star Katie Bradley won the race with senior captain Kambrynn Bowman coming in third overall.  Rounding out the top five for the Lancers was Sarah Anderson, Renee Sanford, & Abbey O'Brien. The girls lost 32-24.
Lancer Harrier Katie Bradley Takes Top Honor
Time to go home!
Norton will next compete AWAY next Wednesday at Dover-Sherborn High School at 3:30.