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Boys’ cross-country championships: Prep’s Tristan Shelgren outruns Newton North’s Andrew Mah for state title

Wrentham, MA 11/18/17 D1 and D2 All-State cross country for SPORTS ( George Rizer for the Globe) all alone......D-1 boys winner...Tristan Shelgren, St Johns Prep.....
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Tristan Shelgren of St. John’s Prep was the one and only in the Division 1 race.

WRENTHAM — For one last time, it was St. John’s Prep’s Tristan Shelgren vs. Newton North’s Andrew Mah.

The seniors have been at the top of every cross-country race they have participated in this fall. On Saturday at the Wrentham Developmental Center, Shelgren edged Mah for the victory, as he’d done twice previously on the same course this year.

The only difference, however, was Saturday’s 3-1.mile race was for the All-State Division 1 championship. The University of North Carolina-bound Shelgren traversed the course in 15 minutes 15 seconds. Mah finished second at 15:37.


“We’ve been rivals since freshman year,” Shelgren said. “It’s just a perfect scenario.”

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Shelgren had just the slightest of leads at the 2-mile mark. But as the duo climbed the first hill after the 2 miles, Shelgren’s lead began to expand into the insurmountable advantage that he finished with.

St. John’s Shrewsbury placed first as a team, with 81 points, behind the fourth- and fifth-place finishes of Patrick Craemer and Joshua Rahn. Lowell (104 points) and Wellesley (116 points) rounded out the top three.

In the Division 2 race, the individual title was won by a Newburyport runner for the second consecutive year. After watching his former teammate Jack Carleo claim the award last season, Sam Acquaviva now has some hardware of his own. The senior finished in 15:58 to beat out Westwood’s Zach Conant (16:06) for first place.

“It feels great to win,” Acquaviva said. “I’ve been training with my teammates, they’ve been a really big help.”


He added that Jack Carleo and Nick Carleo, who won back-to-back state titles at Newburyport from 2013-14, were in attendance to cheer him on. Acquaviva said prior to the race, they talked about everything but cross-country, which Acquaviva preferred, as it gave him a chance to get his mind off the task in front of him.

Parker Charter won the team championship with 90 points, followed by Pentucket (95) and Hopedale (98).

Sam Acquaviva of Newburyport won the Division 2 race.
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Sam Acquaviva of Newburyport won the Division 2 race.

All-State Cross-Country Championships

at Wrentham Developmental Center (3.1 miles)

Boys’ Division 1 individual

1. Tristan Shelgren, St. John’s Prep, 15:15.82; 2. Andrew Mah, Newton North, 15:37.94; 3. Lucas Aramburu, Brookline, 15:45.86; 4. Patrick Craemer, Saint John’s Shrewsbury, 15:48; 5. Joshua Rahn, Saint John’s Shrewsbury, 15:52.28; 6. Ryan Oosting, Arlington, 15:59.41; 7. Cameron McLeod, Needham, 15:59.79; 8. Nasir Gibson, Lowell, 16:00.34; 9. Colin Fitzpatrick, Lowell, 16:00.74; 10. Gabriel Medina, West Springfield, 16:01.96; 11. Thomas Lingard, Lexington, 16:03.32; 12. Kalin Petrov, Mansfield, 16:03.45; 13. Ian Horsbugh, Newton North, 16:05.50; 14. Mike Griffin, King Philip, 16:06.53; 15. Timothy McClure, Concord-Carlisle, 16:06.89.

Boys’ Division 1 teams

1. Saint John’s Shrewsbury, 81; 2. Lowell, 104; 3. Wellesley, 116; 4. Concord-Carlisle, 149; 5. Newton North, 151.

Boys’ Division 2 individuals

1. Sam Acquaviva, Newburyport, 15:58.81; 2. Zach Conant, Westwood, 16:06.77; 3. Nico Agosta, Parker Charter, 16:09.30; 4. Brandon Hall, Hopedale, 16:12.05; 5. Steven O’Driscoll, Norwell, 16:17.24; 6. Trevor Mungeam, Douglas, 16:17.97; 7. Ethan Matthews, Ayer Shirley, 16:18.95; 8. Kellen Waters, Ipswich, 16:20.32; 9. Sean Kay, Arlington Catholic, 16:20.55; 10. Quinn Cantrill, Parker Charter, 16:21.39; 11. Andrew Corbett, Norwell, 16:27.40; 12. Peter Lopata, Pentucket, 16:36.64; 13. Zack Bergeron, Blackstone Valley, 16:41.14; 14. Jake Luongo, Stoneham, 16:41.81; 15. Will Kenney, Manchester Essex, 16:42.37.

More photos by George Rizer

Longtime rivals Tristan Shelgren (right) of St. John’s Prep and Andrew Mah of Newton North were 1 and 2.
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Tristan Shelgren (right) of St. John’s Prep and Andrew Mah of Newton North were 1 and 2, as usual.

Longtime rivals Tristan Shelgren (left) and Andrew Mah embraced after the race.
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Longtime rivals Tristan Shelgren (left) and Andrew Mah embraced after the race.