2023 New England Boys Team and Individuals Preview

Boys Race Time: 12:15 pm

Boys Teams in the mix at New England Championships by state(in no particular order):

Speed ratings for top 7 are from New England Qualifying Meets - Maine had to be estimated based on Festival of Champions/State Meet times


St Johnsbury - 180, 178, 175, 164, 148, 136 and 132(St J #1 runner did not finish State Meet/I averaged his ratings to get the 180)

U-32 - 178, 168, 156, 156, 150, 137 and 132

New Hampshire:

Nashua South - 174, 170, 170, 166, 154, 142 and 127

Hanover - 179, 167, 164, 161, 153, 137 and 133


Ridgefield - 189, 178, 177, 169, 167, 157 and 155

Danbury - 177, 173, 173, 173, 171, 154 and 150

Xavier - 174, 167, 164, 161, 156, 149 and 135

Rhode Island:

Bishop Hendricken - 177, 171, 170, 169, 169, 162 and 146

Cumberland - 185, 172, 172, 164, 163, 156 and 142


Portland - 174, 161, 152, 149, 148, 145 and 133

This race could come down to can anyone break up a possible Connecticut top three sweep...Ridgefield on paper must be the favorite coming in but Danbury will most likely not go quietly in a CT battle for the top spot. Right on their heels should be the New England power from RI Bishop Hendricken and another CT team Xavier.  But if you think that ends the list of teams that could be competing for a top 5 spot you just need to look at the remaining teams speed ratings for their top 5 runners and it is clear that there are other teams who could on any given day push their way into a top 5 or higher spot! Nashua South(NH), Cumberland(RI) and St Johnsbury(VT) are three examples that look to be right there and are looking for any slip up to get on to the podium in Belfast.

Ridgefield comes into the race with the best resume. They are ranked #5 in the most recent dyestat/runnerspace Northeast rankings and #22 nationally. They just won the CT Open over Danbury 60-84 but Danbury beat them in the Class LL championship race two weeks ago 59-70. A footnote to the LL race is it was postponed because of the brutal heat in CT for their class championships that weekend so who knows if that had any factor in the result. The Ridgefield top three of race favorite Steven Hergenrother, Magnus Manley and Charles Lovett should put Ridgefield into an early lead considering all three are in the top 25 of speed ratings in this race. They are the only team to have three runners on that list. Their 4 and 5 are in a solid position to support the front running trio and that is why they are the favorites in the race.

Danbury is going to do everything in their power to change the script again on Ridgefield though. They are led by Devon Rosemark who should be in the front pack but their power is that the next four are all in the same group. That limits the amount of displacement that can hurt them in a much bigger race like New Englands. This looks like the area where Danbury may be able to pull off the upset. Their 1-5 spread at the State Open was an amazing 17 seconds! If there is significant displacement between Danbury's 4 and 5 and Ridgefield's 4 and 5 it could result in Danbury knocking off Ridgefied again. That is an area of the race where there could be 4 or 5 runners coming into the finish line at the same time and could result in some pretty big point swings. This could be a battle to the line between these two powerhouse teams.

Everyone else seems to be battling for that third podium position but also making sure that they are in a position to move into the top 2 if either of the favorites have any issues. This next group should be led by perennial New England power Bishop Hendricken. They run a very tight pack like Danbury and in a race of this size this could significantly benefit them. Their 1-5 spread at the RI State Meet was 24 seconds. This pack of Jack Moretta, Colby Flynn, Will Olsen, Sam Zabbo and Ollie Ide will be their strength. The tight 24 second gap doesn't allow many people to break up their scoring five and should benefit them this weekend. Another RI team that could try to use the power of their top 3 to also get into the podium mix  would be Cumberland. They are led by Sam Henderson who should be looking for a top 5 position individually which instantly gives them a low stick. Their 2 and 3 of Connor Magill and William O'Shea should be battling in the area of the other contenders 2nd and 3rd runners so it may come down to if their 4th and 5th can get high enough in the pack to get them on the podium.

The other three teams trying to push their way into at least the top five all have runners that should be pushing the top 25 but their fates will probably be decided by their 4th and 5th runners. One intriguing team is St Johnsbury VT who has a trio of runners up front in Andrew Thornton-Sherman(it looks like St J may be without their #1 so that will obviously change their outlook for the overall), Carson Eames and Emmett Johnson. Thornton-Sherman had an issue at the VT State Meet and didn't finish but he has been their #1 all season and he should be battling for a top spot in the race. Eames took the VT D1 individual championship and Emmett Johnson is an all New England 1600 meter runner so the fast course should suit him just fine. Their final result will rest on the position of their 4th and 5th because there could be some big displacement issues in those spots for them. Nashua South NH has a solid 1:00 gap from 1-5 and should put themselves in a position to be battling for a top 5 team position in the race. Their top 3 of Dante Castellano, Daniel Byrne and Andrew Byrne should have them in position and then it will be up to what happens behind them. The final team that should be in the top 5 mix is Xavier CT. They were 3rd in the CT Open last weekend and have a 1-5 spread of :56 and are solid 1-5. The question is will solid be enough to push them into a top 5 position? If they make sure that they are prepared to take advantage of a team in front of them possibly making a mistake on the fast Belfast course they maybe able to push themselves into a top 5 position.

The boys race should be another amazing race to watch and may be too close to call before the official results are released. There are so many of the top teams runners that will be in the same finish position that it will make it hard to score in your head and the mass of people coming in each second will make it harder to determine where a specific runner has finished. It will be of utmost importance for all teams to run through the line to make sure they don't drop a needless point or two that could determine who the eventual winner is. This should be a fun one!

Boys Individuals in the mix at New England Championships by state(speed ratings are from NE Qualifier Meet):

Top Boys By State by Speed Rating


Andrew Thornton-Sherman, St Johnsbury 180

Carson Eames, St Johnsbury 178

Porter Hurteau, BFA St Albans 177

New Hampshire:

Matthew Giardina, Bishop Guertin 182

Lucian Gleiser, Hanover 179

Sullivan Sturtz, Keene 178

Jacob Redman, Bedford 178

Jake Pitre, Sanborn Regional 177


Steven Hergenrother, Ridgefield 189

Soheib Dissa, Newtown 188

Isaac Mahler, Hall 185

Griffin Mandirola, Suffield 183

Collin Walsh, New Milford 180

Jack Mattingly, E.O. Smith 180

Luke Cushing, Amity 179

Magnus Manley, Ridgefield 178

Sean McCauley, East Lyme 178

Colby Bornstein, Tolland 178

Charles Lovett, Ridgefield 177

Evan Bureau, Bethel 177

Devon Rosemark, Danbury 177

Rhode Island:

Sam Henderson, Cumberland 185

Brandon Piedade, Barrington 180

Myles Napolitano, Barrington 179

Sean Gray, Portsmouth 179

Jack Moretta, Bishop Hendricken 177


Maddox Jordan, Noble 180

Kaleb Colson, Sumner Memorial 178

Nathan Blades, Portland 177

Sam Laverdiere, Lake Region 177

Top 25(and ties) Boys by Speed Rating

The boys individual race has 11 boys with speed ratings of 180 or higher at their qualifying meets which should lead to an amazing race at the front of the field. Steven Hergenrother of Ridgefield CT will be looking to move up one spot from last year after his 2nd place finish in RI to take the overall individual title. He will be challenged by a trio of CT runners and one RI interloper. This group consists of Soheib Dissa(Newtown CT) who finished 2nd to Hergenrother in the CT Open meet last weekend. He was only 5 seconds off the winners pace and clearly is a threat to him at this race. Issac Mahler(Hall CT) was 3rd the Open meet and should be running near the front of the pack once again. The third member of the CT group is Griffin Mandirola(Suffield CT) who was 4th at the Open and will be pushing to close that gap on his nutmeg state competitors. Sam Henderson(Cumberland RI) is going to do his best to upset the CT train. Henderson on the RI Open Meet last weekend with an impressive 15:33 on the Covered Bridges course.

Just behind this group of 5 is a massive group that could really finish anywhere from top 5 to somewhere in the All New England top 25 positions. I'm going to break them into 2 groups but really it is so close that any runner in the second group could easily end up in a top 10 position. They are legitimately all separated by 15 seconds or under on any given day. The first group consists of Matthew Giardina(Bishop Guertin NH), Andrew Thornton-Sherman(St Johnsbury VT), Maddox Jordan(Noble ME), Brandon Piedade(Barrington RI), Collin Walsh(New Milford CT) and Jack Mattingly(E.O. Smith CT). These 6 runners range from a speed rating of 182 to 180 and considering that each point is in the range of about a difference in time of 3 seconds then you can see how close this group is on paper. This entire group is looking to compete for at least a top 10 finish and push to try and get into the top 5.

The next group of 11 runners is once again so close on paper that is hard to know who will finish where. They also are barely off of the group in front of them so many have legitimate chances to finish in the top 10. This group has a speed rating spread of 179-178 between all 11 runners so on paper they are separated by 3ish seconds! This is just an example of how close the racing may be and why it may be so hard to tell who the team winner is on Saturday. This group consists of Myles Napolitano(Barrington RI), Sean Gray(Portsmouth RI), Luke Cushing(Amity CT), Lucian Gleiser(Hanover NH), Sullivan Sturtz(Keene NH), Jacob Redman(Bedford, NH), Carson Eames(St Johnsbury VT), Magnus Manley(Ridgefield CT), Sean McCauley(East Lyme CT), Colby Bornstein(Tolland CT) and Kaleb Colson(Sumner Memor ME). Anyone in this group can push for a top 10 spot on any given day. They are all so close that it should lead to an amazing race.

I can't leave out the next group of 7 runners because they are, once again, all too close to call on paper and they are all  probably within 3-6 seconds from the group in front of them on paper. The group that could compete for top 10 and All New England spots is at least 29 deep in this boys field. This group consists of Porter Hurteau(BFA St Albans VT), Jack Moretta(Bishop Hendricken RI), Jack Pitre(Sanborn Regional NH), Charles Lovett(Ridgefield CT), Evan Bureau(Bethel CT), Devon Rosemark(Danbury CT) and Nathan Blades(Portland ME).  I cannot stress enough how many possible top 25 level runners are in this field. Last year there were 18 runners coming in with a speed rating of 177 or higher from their qualifying meets and this year there are 29. This amount of quality runners should create a situation where there are some blazing times run on Saturday.

The boys will close out the festivities at Belfast with their race starting at 12:15 pm. This race is loaded with talent and the team race should be a close one. There should be extremely tight racing and that should help to promote some impressive performances. The forecast for Saturday is a high of 42 with sunshine which should be almost perfect to promote great results and hopefully the snow they are getting today will not affect the race course this weekend. This should be a great way to close out the New England cross country season! Good luck to all the runners!