Hill of a vic­tory for Kalil

Boston Herald - - SCOREBOARD - By JOE REAR­DON

LAKEVILLE — With Marsh­field field­ing a strong squad in the ju­nior/se­nior race, Mil­ford’s Jack Kalil ex­pected com­pany up front at yes­ter­day’s Big Wave Cross Coun­try In­vi­ta­tional.

The speedy se­nior, though, had ev­ery in­ten­tion of running solo the fi­nal halfmile as he surged shortly be­fore the steep lad­der hill to draw away from Marsh­field’s Chris Bunker.

Kalil never stopped push­ing the pace the fi­nal half-mile as he crossed the fi­nal line of the 2.5-mile course on the ru­ral grounds of Ap­pone­quet High School in 13 min­utes, 4.51 sec­onds in hot, muggy con­di­tions. Bunker led five Marsh­field run­ners in the top 10 as Den­nis Shep­pard’s crew ran away with the team ti­tle with 24 points. Be­hind Bunker (13:12.81), the Rams’ James Con­don was third in 13:33.67, Joe Joyce clocked 13:37.44, Mike Maglio took sixth in 13:40.19 and Liam Hip­well nailed down eighth with a 13:47.75.

Ex­pe­ri­ence played a big part in the ju­nior/se­nior race. Kalil was ninth last year af­ter win­ning the fresh­man/sopho­more com­pe­ti­tion in 2015 and put to­gether a game plan to at­tack the chal­leng­ing lay­out.

“I re­mem­bered (the hill) from last year and I knew I was go­ing to make my move there,” Kalil said. “I knew Marsh­field would be su­per strong and be up front. The crowd was there and they were re­ally egging you on. I didn’t know how much of a kick I had left (the last half-mile), but I’ve lost races that way.”

The girls’ ju­nior/se­nior race was never in doubt as Madaket No­bili ran at a con­trolled ef­fort and blew away the field by more than 26 sec­onds in 15:00.50. Ply­mouth South’s Jil­lian Cal­la­han ran well to place a dis­tant sec­ond in 15:26.84 while No­bili’s team­mate, Tara El­lard, fin­ished a solid third in 15:59.82.

No­bili made it a point to head into the wooded sec­tion of the lay­out in the top three to avoid get­ting bogged down on the nar­row trails.

“If it had been a half-mile longer I think I’d have felt more pres­sured,” said No­bili. “It’s hot but I felt re­ally good.”

Barn­sta­ble’s Leanne Gui­mong (fourth, 16:07.72) led her squad to the team ti­tle with 54 points, just ahead of Sand­wich’s 56.

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