The Little Things . . .

a Going the Distance newsletter

Late December 2021 || issue #110
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Brazcamp Registration Open

Registration is now open for the 2022 edition of Brazcamp.

Cross-Country –- July 6-August 15

For details, go to this link -- cross-country details.
To register, go to this link -- cross-country registration.

All-Sports –- July 6-August 15

For details, go to this link -- all-sports details
To register, go to this link --all-sports registration

Questions? Send an email.

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Logan Tracia (blue cap) led a strong group of runners from many schools at Brazcamp. Logan won the NEC xc title.

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XC Divisional Results

The Massachusetts cross-country divisional championship races were on November 13. Division 1 was held at the Wrentham Development Center, Division 2 at the Gardner Golf Course, and Division 3 at Stanley Park.

Here are the results for runners who trained in the GTD program this past summer. They represented the following schools: Andover, Beverly, Bishop Fenwick, Danvers, Essex Tech, Gloucester, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Melrose, Peabody, St Mary’s (Lynn), and Swampscott.

Division 1A
Boys: 19 Colin Kirn, 16:23; 23 Matt Serrano, 16:26; 68 DJ Walsh, 17:03; 136 Ryan Todisco, 17:56; 149 Noah Parsons, 18:14
Girls: 4 Molly Kiley, 18:40; 101 Mary Lonergan, 21:48; 119 Olivia Vives, 22:19

Division 1B
Boys: 2 Logan Tracia, 15:50; 55 Ryan Faletra, 17:18; 74 Ryan Whiting, 17:37; 78 Dylan Faletra, 17:40; 98 Calvin Barrett, 17:59; 150 Evan Bedard, 19:38
Girls: 22 Sarah DiVasta, 19:46; 60 Cailyn Buckley, 20:47; 76 Ava Buckley, 21:17; 80 Leah O'Neill, 21:26; 106 Leah Buckley, 22:43; 114 Chloe Toda, 23:15

Division 2A
Boys: 11 Will Dugan, 17:15; 15 Ellis Iurilli-Hough, 17:18. 91 Dennis Downing, 20:00
Girls: 53 Emily Ernst, 23:52

Division 2B
Boys: 2 Mack Eon, 16:38; 4 Nick Poulin, 17:01

Division 2C
Boys: 5 Kyle Kwiatek, 17:14; 8 Wyatt Burr, 17:21; 9 Declan Smith, 17:26; 87 Matheus Menezes-Avendanha, 19:54; 92 Matt Therien, 20:04; 105 Dylan Brawley, 20:40; 120 Will Potter, 21:16
Girls: 9 Kelsey Kwiatek, 20:32; 57 Maria Ryan, 22:44; 60 Olivia King, 22:53; 64 Shannon Bresnahan, 23:00; 82 Sarah Fogarty, 24:15; 97 Natalia Kay, 24:50; 111 Norah Pasquarelli, 25:25

Division 3A
Boys: 14 Finn Russell, 17:54; 67 Lucas Williams, 19:52; 73 Andrew Shone, 19:58

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XC All-State Championship

The All-State race was held on November 20 at Wrentham.

In Division 1, an under-the-weather Logan Tracia battled to a 16:00 finish. Colin Kirn, a junior running xc for the first time, ran 16:31. In the girl’s race Molly Kiley was 3rd in 18:29 (3 seconds from 1st). Sarah DiVasta ran a strong 19:19.

In Division 2, Mack Eon, a senior running xc for the first time, was 4th in 16:02. Nick Poulin was 11th in 16:19. Kyle Kwiatek ran 16:29, Ellis Iurilli-Hough 16:36, Will Dugan 16:40, and Declan Smith 16:49.
In the Division 2 girl’s race, 7th grader Kelsey Kwiatek was 21st (out of 186 finishers) in 19:31.

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Yes, we do some running at xc camp. And we do a lot more. If your summer program is running, and running, and running, you may want to try a program that really does get you in shape to compete in xc.

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Sarah and Molly training together at Brazcamp. Sarah won the NEC xc title, Molly won the MVC xc title.

XC Awards

“If we walk far enough, we shall sometime come to someplace.” [Wizard of Oz] And if we run fast enough, we may win an award. Here are some awards earned by GTD xc runners for the 2021 season.

Molly Kiley – Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) and Lawrence Eagle-Tribune Girls XC Runner of the Year (MVP award)
Sarah DiVasta – Northeast Conference (NEC) and Salem News Girls XC Runner of the Year
Logan Tracia -- NEC Boys XC Runner of the Year
Kyle Kwiatek – Catholic Central League MVP

MVC All Conference -- Molly Kiley, Colin Kirn, Matt Serrano, DJ Walsh
MVC All-Stars -- Mary Lonergan, Livy Vives

NEC All Conference -- Sarah DiVasta, Cailyn Buckley, Mack Eon, Logan Tracia

Cape Ann League All-Star -- Finn Russell

Catholic Central League All-Stars – Kyle Kwiatek, Wyatt Burr, Declan Smith, Kelsey Kwiatek

Commonwealth Athletic Conference All-Star -- Emily Ernst (and Vocational Schools All-Star)

Middlesex League All-Stars – Will Dugan, Ellis Iurilli-Hough

Salem News All-Stars -- Maria Ryan, Sarah DiVasta, Cailyn Buckley, Mack Eon, Logan Tracia, Emily Ernst
Salem News Honorable Mention -- Shannon Bresnahan, Natalia Kay, Leah O'Neill, Ava Buckley, Olivia King, Ryan Whiting, Calvin Barrett, Dennis Downing, Cooper Blatz, Ryan Faletra

Eagle-Tribune All-Stars – Molly Kiley, Colin Kirn, Matt Serrano
Eagle-Tribune Honorable Mention – D.J. Walsh


Sue Kiley was named the MVC Division 1 Coach of the Year. Sue is the boys and girls xc coach at Andover High School. Sue is joined on the GTD xc coaching staff by Colette Madore (Central Catholic girls xc coach), Peter Cirafice (Peabody distance coach), Shannon O'Connell (currently running at Colby-Sawyer College), and Fernando Braz (Peabody xc and track coordinator).

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Someone didn't tell the coaches which color shirt to wear this morning.


Boston Marathon Training

The Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 18.
If you are running Boston or any other spring marathon, you will want to start your training in January (if you have not started already).
If you would like to train wisely with a program from Coach Braz, see the Personal Coaching section below.


Personal Coaching

Coach Braz provides personal coaching for runners at all levels who want to improve their performance or want a guided maintenance program.

Registration Form

The program is designed for runners who have a specific racing goal, or a series of races to prepare for, or want to build or maintain their running fitness.

Program details
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Previous Issues of The Little Things

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Going the Distance is a coaching service for runners at all levels.
If you know someone who might benefit from the Going the Distance program,
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Visit our website -- Going the Distance
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