Perez, Mangan pace cross country teams

Ricardo Perez and Jessica Mangan paced the Everett High boys and girls cross country teams in their meet last week at Somerville.

Perez, the EHS boys captain, placed fifth overall on the boys’ side, covering the 2.5 mile Somerville course in a time of 15:43. “Ricky ran very well,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish.

Bryan Whitney was the next Crimson Tide runner across the line, placing 11th overall in 19:01. He was followed by Trevor Freeman in 12th in 19:53; Nicholas Olivieri in 13th in 20:03;  Tuan Vo in 14th in 20:16, and Francisco Guzman placed 17th overall in 21:36

In the girls’ race, Mangan finished sixth overall in 20:44. “Jessica can run faster,” noted Irish. “She needs to be more aggressive at certain points in the race.”

Angele Jean-Louis was next for Everett, placing eighth overall in 23:11, with running mates  Melissa Michel in ninth in 23:12 and Amber Whitney in 10th in  28:07 both cracking the top 10.

Jessica DeAlmeida placed 11th overall in 28:27 Shaylynne Gethers placed 13th in 30:01. Delmis Urquiza, the Lady Crimson Tide captain, was forced to drop out of the race with a shin splint problem that bothered her all last season and resurfaced.

“Hopefully a bit of rest and then training on grass will help Delmis,” said Irish.

The cross country teams run against Medford today (Wednesday) and then will compete in the Bay State Invitational in Wrentham on Saturday. They will host Malden next Wednesday.

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