Rocha and Team Win State Crowns for Peabody at All-States
Catarina Rocha claimed her second straight championship and the girls' team followed her up with a Division I title as well at Northfield Mountain.
Peabody High's Catarina Rocha easily won another state crown Saturday, but that wasn't all, the Lady Tanners took home the team title as well from the All-State Cross Country Meet at Northfield Mountain.
Rocha, a senior this year, finished at 18:06, putting about 45 seconds between herself and the runner-up from Acton-Boxboro and claiming her second straight title.
Fellow senior Heather MacLean (19:47) and sophomore Lauren Barrett (19:51) then finished 16th and 17th, respectively, giving Peabody a 20-point lead by the time No. 2 and 3 runners from Lincoln-Sudbury and Needham crossed the line.
Juniors Sam Allen (49th, 20:25) and Antonia Pagliuca (96th, 21:09) finished the scoring for Peabody at 108 points -- Lincoln-Sudbury ultimately trailed at 117. Peabody's Sydney May, a junior, ran 21:16 for 104th and Mary Leach, a senior, 22:35 for 160th.
The Salem News reports it was Peabody's first Division I crown in cross country since 1978.
Next up for Rocha is another trip to the Northeast Regional Foot Locker Championships on Saturday in New York.