The Hopkinton High School girls cross country team finished 10th at the Division 1 all-state meet Saturday in Devens.
“We were not ranked in the top 10 and we thought we belonged, so our goal was a top-10 finish and we finished exactly 10th,” coach Jean Cann shared.
Elyse Srodawa finished 16th overall, just one spot from earning all-state status. It marked a big improvement for Srodawa, who finished 100th last year. Autumn Tumbleton finished 42nd, Bethel Flanagan was 80th, Avery Sawyer was 96th and Bridgid Cavanaugh was the Hillers’ final scorer in 127th place.
“Everyone raced tough, and I’m proud of their effort,” Cann added. “We lose Autumn next year from our top seven, and obviously that is a big loss in many ways — not just from her top places, but also her leadership and dedication that rubs off.”
Also at the all-state meet Saturday, the HHS boys capped their memorable season by finishing 15th.
Wyatt Ruff finished first for the Hillers, followed by Craig Salois, both under 17 minutes. Ben Scott crossed the line in 17:10, followed by Connor Dorfman in 17:14 and Lex Kaye in 17:28.
“I was really happy and proud of them, they raced their hearts out,” coach Laura McKenzie shared. “Our first five finished within 30 seconds of each other and were able to pack up. The course was slow and times were a little off across the board.”
Added McKenzie: “We accomplished what we set out to do this season, won the [Tri-Valley League] Large, won the varsity showcase meet, placed fifth at Ocean State Invitational and finished fourth in the Division 1B meet, qualifying for the all-state meet! I would say we had a great season!”