After three seasons without a win, the Wakefield girls' cross country team changed gears and finished first in the small school division. The girls will be sharing the championship title with Melrose because they both finished with a 4-1 record(5-2 overall) in the small division.
Coach Karen Barrett and the girls can feel good knowing that they were able to get the best of Melrose, twice this season. They beat the Raiders in their dual meet and then defeated them at the league meet on Tuesday afternoon.
The Wakefield girls' finished in a tie for 4th place with Winchester, behind winner Lexington, Reading, and Belmont. Of the twelve teams in the Middlesex League, they placed ahead of all the small school teams.
Kelly Ledoux-Walsh led the way for the team once again, finishing 11th out of the 78 varsity runners. She ran a great time of 16:38. Jen Saponaro followed right behind in 13th place with a time of 16:46. Lucy Howard(17:18) finished in 29th, Emily Hammond(17:48) placed 47th, Emily Curran(18:20) placed 60th, Maggie Gourville(18:29) was 64th, and Francesca Marino(18:56) finished in 69th.
Lauren Sallade, returning from an injury, ran a strong JV race and placed 9th in 18:04. Also competing were Isabella Trudeau(18:58, 24th), Shelby Lucey(19:43, 36th), Emily Miller(20:11, 44th), Domonique Masse(20:42, 58th), Elke Nordeen(21:27, 69th), and Lauren Noble(21:50, 77th).
Wakefield will now get ready for the Eastern Mass. State Meet held Saturday, November 12th at Franklin Park.