Four Hock Teams Make MSTCA XC Preseason Poll

Hockomock cross country

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Four Hockomock teams were named to the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association (MSTCA) preseason poll, which was released on August 15th.

The Mansfield boys, the six-time defending Kelley-Rex division champions and winners of 15 straight Hockomock league titles, are ranked 15th in the preseason poll for Large Schools. In terms of division and region, the Hornets are third highest D2 East team, behind Wellesley (#1 overall) and Needham (#10).

Mansfield graduated league MVP Jake Affanato and Jack Crawford – the top two finishers at the 2015 Hockomock Championships, but return junior Kalin Petrov (sixth at the league championships), senior Nick Rispoli (seventh at the league championships) and junior Kevin Crawford (eighth at the league championships).

On the girls side, three Hockomock teams were ranked in the poll, all from the Kelley-Rex division: Oliver Ames (13th), King Philip (14th) and Franklin (15th).

The Tigers who won five straight Davenport division titles from 2010-2014, will look to make a splash in the Kelley-Rex this season. Junior Olivia Timbone was OA’s top finisher at the league championship last season, coming in at 10th and will look to pace the Tigers along with classmate Elizabeth Peckham.

King Philip is coming off a 4-1 season last year in league meets, only falling to Franklin. Junior Erin Quinn returns after a standout sophomore season and a top 10 finish at the league championships. Senior Erica Layne and junior Leia Quinn will also play big roles for the Warriors this season.

Franklin, the defending Kelley-Rex champions, returns the top finisher from the 2015 Hockomock League Championships in junior Nicole Clermont. The Panthers also have junior Kate Hartnett back, who came in sixth at the league championships in Wrentham last season.

The 2015 Hockomock Boys Cross Country All Stars

Jake Affanato
Below are the official Hockomock League Boys Cross Country All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Jake Affanato, Mansfield

Hockomock League All Stars

William McKenzie, Attleboro
Jason Reed, Foxboro
Jake Affanato, Mansfield
Jack Crawford, Mansfield
Kevin Crawford, Mansfield
Kalin Petrov, Mansfield
Nicholas Rispoli, Mansfield
Jack Kalil, Milford
Matthew Reimels, North Attleboro
Nick Barber, Oliver Ames
Brent Schwartz, Oliver Ames
Tianrui Sun, Sharon
Colin Cochran, Stoughton
Dylan Lynch, Taunton
Trevor Wysong, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

David Seybert, Attleboro
Mark Clancy, Canton
Danny Rounds, Foxboro
Ryan Spelman, Franklin
Brandon Sullivan, King Philip
Niegel Dabare, Mansfield
Nick Carey, Milford
Prateet Shah, North Attleboro
Troy Kent, Oliver Ames
Ben Zirps, Sharon
Cameron Bean, Stoughton
Zac Bentley, Taunton

Franklin, Oliver Ames Girls Debut in Latest MSTCA Poll

By HockomockSports.com Staff
For the first time this season, there are three Hockomock teams ranked in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association poll.
The Mansfield boys team has had a strong three weeks but it somehow found itself down in a spot in the Boys Large School poll. Mansfield swept its league schedule, finishing 5-0 and won its 13th straight Hockomock League title. The Hornets picked up dominate wins over Attleboro and King Philip to close the season and won the Kelley-Rex Division in each of the six years since the split. On top of that, Mansfield had a strong showing at the Bay State Invitational, finishing second in the Dutille Race with 70 points and had the second and third place finishers in Jack Crawford and Jake Affanato.
On the girls side, two Hockomock teams made their debuts in the MSTCA Poll. The Franklin girls team (5-0), who won the Kelley-Rex title this season in a thrilling 22-34 win over previously unbeaten North Attleboro, debuts at 14. That’s the highest spot any Hockomock girls team has been ranked this season. At the CM Invitational this past weekend, the Panthers finished 5th as a team and Nicole Clermont was second overall.
Oliver Ames, who finished second in the Davenport Division, also made their 2015 debut, coming in at 19th. The Tigers were edged by the eventual Davenport champs Sharon 27-28 before taking home a dominate win over Stoughton. OA finished 11th overall at the Brown Invitational over the weekend.
View the full poll here.

Hock Teams Debut, Advance in Latest MSTCA Poll

By HockomockSports.com Staff
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association released its latest coaches poll and two Hockomock teams were involved.
The Mansfield boys cross country team, who were ranked 11th in the MSTCA Preseason Poll for Large Schools, jumped up seven spots to #4. The Hornets are also the top D2 East team in the poll. So far this season, Mansfield is 3-0 with wins against North Attleboro, Taunton and Franklin. The Hornets also finished 4th in the Ocean State Invitational this past weekend. Jack Crawford finished fifth in the event and Jake Affanato was right behind in sixth.
Oliver Ames boys cross country made its debut in the poll this season after not being ranked in the preseason poll. The Tigers are ranked 20th in the Large Schools poll. OA is currently tied for first in the Davenport Division with a 3-0 record with Sharon. So far this season, OA has victories over Milford, Canton and Foxboro. The Davenport could likely be decided next week when OA hosts the Eagles.
To see the complete poll, visit here.