The Malden boys cross country team entered its final regular season dual-meet with a hefty weight on its shoulders: the Golden Tornadoes hadn’t won a Greater Boston League cross country title in nearly 40 years.
Fortunately, this group of runners is among the best the school has seen in those four decades, which they proved with their 23-34 win over Somerville at Malden.
“We’re pretty deep with good runners this year, the expectation was to win,” said coach David Londino. “We were still excited by the win, of course, but the guys went into it pretty confident.”
Andrew Terenzi beat the field on the 3.1 mile course with his 16:51 time. Teammate Yusuf Mohamed took second in 17:05. Somerville’s Edward Chen (17:10) and Mike Conte (17:16) took third and fourth place respectively. Malden’s Patrick Keough rounded out the top five with his 17:30 finish.
The Malden win breaks up a string of running stalemates between the two teams, who tied for the Greater Boston league title in both winter and spring track.
Londino said he expects his one and two runners, Terenzi and Mohamed, to put in strong showings at next month’s EMass tournament and possibly earn spots at the all-state meet.
“They’re both capable of running a sub 16:30,” he said. “The question is how close to it they can run.”
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