Marissa Small-Towns '14, Adi Russell '15 named All-New England for XC
Marissa Small-Towns ’14 and Adi Russell ’15 capped a great season for the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Cross Country team by earning a spot among the best runners in New England.
Not only did Marissa and Adi qualify for the New England All-Star Meet, but they were also named to the prestigious All-New England Cross Country team.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario,” WMA Coach Marissa Hickson said. “Adi made Marissa run faster and Marissa made Adi run faster. I think both girls made each other stronger runners this season. They pushed each other to shave some seconds off each other’s time.”
Both runners had great postseasons. At the New England Class B Championship Meet at St. George’s School in Rhode Island, Marissa placed eighth and Adi came in ninth in a field of 100-plus runners.
“I ran until I couldn’t stand, literally,” said Marissa, who placed in the top 10 in 2012 as well. “I had to sit on the side with paramedics after the race. But my coaches told me to run until I couldn’t feel my legs, and I ran until I couldn’t feel my legs. I think I ran pretty well.”
“It was nice to compete against more than 100 people,” said Adi, who was competing in her first New England meet. “There was a lot of competition. Everyone was high energy and it was a lot of fun.”
WMA placed sixth overall, which was a two-spot improvement from a year ago. Megan Pehoviak ’14, Emily Moran ’15 and Sara Burke ’15 all ran strong races for the Titans.
Marissa and Adi qualified for the New England All-Star meet at St. Mark’s in Southboro based on their showing at the Class B meet. Marissa took 11th while Adi finished in 20th. The race was a collection of the best prep runners in New England, regardless of class.
“I think I did pretty well,” said Marissa, who ran 18 seconds faster than she did a year ago at the same meet on the same course. “I definitely brought my time down tremendously from last year’s race, and I think the competition was a lot harder. I beat a couple of people I didn’t think I’d be able to.”
“I felt really confident starting the race, but it was a hilly course and it kind of got the best of me,” Adi added. “But I tried my hardest and I was pretty happy with my time.”
Marissa and Adi were named to the All-New England Cross Country team Nov. 19.