For the first time in school history, the Milton High cross country teams entered the ensuing season as defending state champs.

After months of preparation and awaiting word about how things were going to run, it was only fitting that the Wildcats would open against the runners up in both teams’ title victory: Walpole.

What an opening it was. The girls traveled south and picked up a dominant win on Oct. 7 while the boys scored a home win on Oct. 8, their first over Walpole since 2002, before many of the athletes were even born.

As expected, junior Norah Affanato led the way for the Wildcats, pacing her way through the Walpole wilderness to a first-place finish. Fellow 11th-grader Christina Sullivan took third and senior Maggie Mitchell was fourth. Milton rounded out the top six as Sarah Grace Chave finished fifth and junior Olivia Duggan took eighth.

Following in their brother Bobby’s footsteps, John and Alec Carew stepped up huge in Milton’s historic victory over its Bay State foes as John grabbed the individual victory while Alec took fifth. Junior Donovan Murray was sandwiched between the Carews, placing third overall.

With the delayed start and restrictions on practicing within school confines, the Wildcats have spent much of their time up by Houghton’s Pond.

Read the rest of this story and learn about local sports by subscribing to the Milton Times at or by calling 617-696-7758. Thank you.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.