Davis, Tufts fare well at NCAAs

  • Meghan Davis makes her way across the Iron Bridge during the 41st Bridge of Flowers Road Race Classic over the summer. Davis ran at the Cross Country National Championships for Tufts University in Louisville on Saturday. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

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Published: 11/24/2019 8:50:36 PM

The Tufts University women’s team placed eighth overall at the NCAA Division 3 Cross Country Championships held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday.

Mohawk Trail Regional graduate Meghan Davis was 193rd out of 277 runners at the championships for Tufts, finishing with a time of 23 minutes, 28 seconds.

“It was absolutely crazy,” Davis said of the race. “Exhilarating, of course. Everyone on the starting line is equal or better which is frightening. I knew it was going to be a really smart race. No matter who I hung with I was going to end up pushing myself. Everyone at Nationals is the real deal.”

Davis now shifts her focus to distance running for the Tufts indoor track & field team during the winter season.

“It’s all about experience,” Davis said. “I think I will definitely carry that whole racing experience to next year.”

Johns Hopkins took home the Division 3 team title.

Tufts sophomore Danielle Page posted the second-best NCAA finish in the history of the program, finishing the six-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 25 seconds which was good for sixth place overall.

Page was the top runner from New England. Page's run is just the third top-10 finish ever at the championships for Tufts.

Parley Hannan of Ithaca College placed first overall (20:53).

Youth hockey


The Liberty Tax Service Bantam team lost to Amherst, 6-3, in a GSL 14-U North Division game at the Mullins Center Practice Rink on Sunday.

Will Cowie was active in net, making 35 saves.

Jamison Baleno, Matt Lavoine and Will Miskovich each found the net. 

Gabe Voudren had two assists, with Jayson Smith adding another helper. 

On Saturday, Liberty Tax Service lost to to Pioneer Valley, 3-2, at Collins-Moylan Arena.

Trevor Kuchieski and Lavoine scored with Jayson Smith, Hunter Smith and Dylan Archer adding assists.

Cowie made 21 saves in net. 

 Gilmore & Farrell Tornadoes  4, Pioneer Valley Purple 2 – The Tornadoes got a goal and two assists from Derek Lenois in the win on Sunday.

Robert Harris, Evan Debrule, and Casey Hoffman  also found the back of the net.

Kameron Tompkins had two assists, with Adam Savoy and Logan Hume each adding a helper.

Cam Rice led the defensive effort while Quinn Schein helped out on offense.

It was the final FCHA game for Harris, Savoy, Riley Drew, Cam Rice and Matt Willhite. 

Squirt Green 7, Capitals 7 – Chase Zraunig (assist) netted a hat trick but Squirt Green had to settle for a tie on Saturday. 

Carter Schloat (assist), Wayde Bardwell, Sam Bucala and Desmond Drake each scored.

Nico Siano, Hayden Ardrey and Grace Laurie had assists. 

Squirt Green 8, Pioneer Valley 3 – Squirt Green bounced back with a victory on Sunday behind Siano’s four goals. 

Zraunig, Nolan Kalinowski, Vinny Grima and Desmond Drake also scored. 

Zraunig and Kalinowski had one helper each for Squirt Green.

Westfield Red 4, Pee Wee Green 3 – Jay McGinnis made 44 saves, keeping the PeeWee Greens close in a loss on Saturday at Amelia Park. 

Cooper Smith scored with two assists while Shawn Baumann also scored for FCHA.

Luca Siano added a helper. Westfield’s game-winner came with five seconds left in the third period.

Pee Wee Green 2, Amherst Red 2 – Porter Hall and Luca Siano carried Pee Wee Green to a draw on Sunday at Collins Moylan.

Shawn Baumann assisted on Siano’s goal with Anson Prunier leading the defensive effort.  


Thanksgiving Day tickets

Football tickets are available in advance at a discount in Athol and Orange for the Thanksgiving football game between Athol and Mahar at the Woodward Complex. 

Tickets can be purchased at Athol High School, Athol-Royalston Middle School, Athol Community Elementary School, Athol American Legion and Joe’s Barber Shop.

In Orange, tickets can be purchased at Highland Spirits and through Mahar Key Club members at the high school. 

Tickets are $7 in advance or $10 at the gate.

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