Belmont High grads have win-win reunion
Chris Stadler and Andrew Carey were cross-country and track captains at Belmont High. Their paths crossed with a triumphant reunion last month at the Centennial Conference cross-country championships.
Competing for host Haverford College, Stadler captured conference Runner of the Year honors after topping the field with a time of 24 minutes 47.1 seconds on the 5-mile course. Carey, who finished 10th overall for Johns Hopkins University, was a second-team all-conference selection.
The two juniors will run Saturday for their respective teams at the NCAA Division 3 championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
Haverford, the top-ranked team nationally in Division 3, captured its third consecutive Mid-East Regional title last Saturday with a big boost from Stadler, who was second overall. Johns Hopkins was an at-large pick for the national championships after a program-best third-place showing at the regionals.
“At our conference meet, after I crossed the finish line, I was pretty tired and I saw Chris had already finished,’’ recalled Carey, who set the school record in the 800 meters outdoors last spring. “I put my hands over his shoulders while I was catching my breath and asked him if he had won.
“Chris told me ‘yes’ and then he said ‘Wow, you must have run really well.’ I was really happy for him.’’
Stadler did not make the Haverford varsity as a freshman.
“We won cross-country nationals that year and watching how they ran and trained inspired me to improve,’’ said Stadler, who placed 11th in the conference meet last fall.
“In both high school and college, my teams have been very important to me,’’ he noted. “My best friends have been my teammates, like Andrew, and Paul Green, who also ran at Belmont High and is now a freshman at Swarthmore, which is in our conference.’’
Haverford coach Tom Donnelly noted that during last winter’s indoor season, Stadler won every distance race prior to the Centennial Conference meet.
“Chris had foot problems that sidelined him from the beginning of March to mid-April, but came back to finish second in the 3,000 meters and third in the 5,000 at the outdoor conference championships,’’ said Donnelly. “He knows how to put himself in with the leaders and he has a good finishing kick.’’
As a senior at Belmont High running for coach Bill Brotchie , Carey placed fourth in the 800 meters at the all-state meet for the spring outdoor track and field season.
A sophomore transfer to Johns Hopkins from George Washington University, Carey was 45th at the conference meet last fall.
“So finishing 10th this year was personally satisfying, especially because I’ve been more of a sprinter in the past,’’ he said. “I was a 5-foot-6 freshman in high school and now I’m 6-5, so I’m definitely bigger and stronger.’’
Brandeis women, men in NCAA tourney
Brandeis University is sending its men’s and women’s soccer teams to the third round of the NCAA Division 3 tournament — the first time both teams have appeared simultaneously in the tourney and the first trip for the men since 1985.
The men, ranked 17th nationally, are 18-2-1 this fall under head coach Mike Coven, in his 40th year at Brandeis.
The host Judges defeated Baruch, 2-0, and Vassar, 1-0, in the first two rounds of regional play last weekend. A goal by Sam Ocel in the 89th minute made the difference in Sunday’s win over Vassar.
Coven’s roster includes freshman defender Josh Hacunda (Hopkinton High), who appeared in every game and had a goal and an assist, and classmate Mike Chaput (Holliston High), a reserve forward.
Denise Dallamora, in her 33d season coaching the women’s team, has guided the Judges to a 15-4-2 record this fall, including postseason wins over Union, 2-1, and Lasell, 3-0.
Freshman midfielder Sara Isaacson (Medfield High) scored the game winner in overtime against Union in the first round, and added an assist in Sunday’s regional title game against Lasell, which had upset host Amherst College in the opening round.
Her teammates include freshman forward Holly Szafran (Newton North), who has been injured since midseason, after giving the Judges a boost offensively with 5 goals and 3 assists, and junior backup goalkeeper Leah Sax (Lincoln-Sudbury Regional).
The Brandeis men will take on Williams on Saturday at Amherst, while the women face SUNY-Cortland on Saturday in Ithaca, N.Y.
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