2007 Groton Boys' Cross Country New England Division 3 Winners
The 2007 Groton Boys Cross Country team enjoyed another successful campaign, finishing with a 15-3 dual meet record, a 2nd place finish at the ISL Championships, and winning its 11th New England Division III championship on the final Saturday of the season. At the New Englands, the team finished with an all time team best of 23 points, placing its scoring runners in 1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 8th places.
Led by senior co-captains Alex Karwoski and Django Broer-Hellermann, the team improved steadily throughout the season, emerging from a strong group of ISL teams to finish the dual meet season in second place. It’s only dual meet losses were to Belmont Hill in week 1, St. Paul’s in week 3, and a non-ISL loss to Cushing Academy. St. Paul’s and Cushing would go on to win the New England Division I and II championships respectively. At the ISL’s the team was again 2nd to a strong St. Paul’s team, but were able to avenge the early season loss to Belmont Hill. Other highlights of the dual meet season were: 1st place in a quad meet at Roxbury Latin vs. St. Sebastian’s and perennial league powers Roxbury Latin and Milton Academy, and another quad sweep at home on Parents Weekend vs. Governors Academy, Rivers School, and an excellent St. Mark’s squad.
Alex Karwoski was among the elite runners in the league this season; he finished first in three league races, seventh at the ISL’s, and first at the New Englands capturing the medal for boys individual Division III Champion. Django Broer-Hellermann finished his career with 9th and 2nd place finishes at the ISL’s and New Englands. Moreover, Django and Alex provided outstanding leadership as team co-captains. Senior John Goodlander, in his second season of running, showed considerable improvement this season and finished 7th at the New Englands. The remaining seniors on the team: Ian McLellan, Gardner Smith, Chris Pitsiokos, and Eric Valchuis also ran well, and will be missed next year. New team members Ted Leonhardt ’11 and Jamie Norton ’10 made significant contributions to the team’s success. Each improved steadily throughout the season, culminating in top 15 finishes at the ISL’s and New Englands.
Artice from the Groton School website.