New Englands are unique!!! Besides nationals, when else do multiple states gather from a region to decide who has the best cross country or track programs???
This year marks the 83rd running of the New England XC Championships. There have been boys championships dating back to the 1930s, but the first women’s race didn’t take place until 1977. This year’s race marks the 41st New England Championship for girls cross country.
Over the past four decades the meet has grown from 12 teams representing three states (Rhode Island, Vermont, and New Hampshire) to 30 teams drawn from five states. Connecticut joined the party in 1986. Maine sent teams at first, then didn’t participate for nearly two decades, then started sending individuals in 1998 and teams in 2005. Hope remains that one of these years, Massachusetts will “adjust” its championships schedule to join the meet, as the Commonwealth does with indoor and outdoor track.
With the parody in NH Cross Country, streaks lengthen and snap every year. Pinkerton boys had their 12 year streak end, Oyster River boys have the longest active streak at 8. Next best is Coe-Brown at 5.
Droughts end every year. This year the Oyster River girls qualified for the first time since 2004. Prior to last year, the Merrimack girls team had never made a New Englands, so this year will mark their second consecutive trip. On the other end of the experience scale, the Pinkerton girls are going for the 28th time and the fifth year in a row. Bishop Guertin and Coe-Brown extended their streaks to 10 consecutive New England appearances. D-2 and MOC winner Souhegan is going for the fourth year in a row. Those are some impressive streaks but consider this: The Manchester Central girls once made New Englands 28 years in a row (1984-2012).
Linked here are spreadsheets showing all boys and girls teams with New England appearances over the past 40 years.
Here are the teams with the most New England appearances over the past 40 years, from 1977 to the present:
|BOYS – NEs||Total||GIRLS – NEs||Total|
|Oyster River||13||Bishop Guertin||13|
|Nashua (pre-split)||11||Oyster River||13|
|White Mountains||2||Merrimack Valley||1|
Compiled by Fergus Cullen, the Oyster River girls coach. Fergus@ferguscullen.com