DyeStat's Marc Bloom breaks down the high school boys' cross-country landscape, state by state, today on ESPNHS. You can read the full preview here; below are his remarks about the Bay State:
MASSACHUSETTS: Pembroke, Gallagher Seek Repeats
State champion Wesley Gallagher returns for Div II defender and Northeast NXN qualifier Pembroke, which has 4 of 7 back and some work to do to match last year’s regional runner-up achievement. Div I defender Brookline has 5 of 7 back, led by 9:24 3200 men Chernet Sisay and Mark Perry, who’s made huge progress since last fall.
The Div I individual ranks are wide open. The contenders include Peabody senior Nick Christians, 3rd in 2010 and then 18th in the Foot Locker Northeast, as well as Marshfield’s Joel Hubbard, 4th in 2010 and then 3rd in the state 1600 in 4:14.52. Another improving runner is Chris Allen (King Philip), the New England 3200 champion (9:05.97) who placed 30th in the Foot Locker Northeast last fall.