The Chelsea High boys cross country team has jumped out to a fast start this season. The Red Devils presently are undefeated and rate as one of the favorites to capture the CAC championship.
The big highlight for Coach Don Fay’s Red Devils thus far was their exciting victory over previously undefeated Greater Lowell by the narrowest of margins, 27-28.
Chelsea’s ace runner, Ugo Cvjetan, took first place in a time of 18:35 over the 3.1 mile course to remain undefeated on the year. Finishing in third place was sophomore, Joseph Arroyo, who ran a 19:32. Senior Captain Santos Hernandez grabbed sixth spot, followed closely by teammate Francisco Colindres in 20:17.
However, the outcome of the race hinged on the finish of the fifth Red Devil runner, senior Hector Mendoza, who needed to take the all important 10th place. Hector did so, narrowly beating a Greater Lowell opponent, to clinch the meet for Chelsea. Otherwise, had Mendoza fallen to 11th, the meet would have been a tie on points at 28-28.
This marked the second straight year that Chelsea has beaten Greater Lowell by the score of 27-28.
On Thursday the boys faced Essex Agricultural and ran away for a 15-50 shutout victory. The Red Devils captured the first nine positions, led by sophomore Joseph Arroyo, who won his first cross country meet in a time of 20:02. Junior Francisco Colindres finished second overall in a time of 20:03. Junior Edgar Ocana grabbed third with a 20:21, followed by Norbert Simon and Hector Mendoza, who completed the Chelsea scoresheet in times of 20:46 and 20:48 respectively.