NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. ‒ The running team sponsored by State Sen. Richard T. Moore ran strong in Northbridge's inaugural 1st Day 5K despite having captain Russ Trottier on the disabled list.
Two members of the Uxbridge Democrat's squad placed among the top 10 runners in the Jan. 1 race, organized by MRA Multisport of Northbridge.
Leading the team, and finishing eighth overall with a time of 19:46.6 and first in the 10-19 year old age category, was new member Tim McLaughlin of Millville. McLaughlin, a soccer and baseball standout at Blackstone-Millville Regional High School, where he graduated in 2012, currently attends Stonehill College in Easton.
Closely behind McLaughlin in ninth place was team stalwart Matt McDonald of Blackstone with a time of 20:11.4. McDonald, another former Blackstone-Millville athlete, class of 1999, had a stellar high school cross-country career.
Andrew Baron of Uxbridge crossed the finish line in 68th place with a time of 26:26.6, and Maureen Stack placed 193rd with a time of 48:50.9.
Trottier was sidelined for the event as he recovers from pneumonia. "We certainly missed having Russ in the lineup," Moore said, but he added that "Tim McLaughlin and Matt McDonald did a great job making up for his absence."
Team Moore frequently takes part in area road races to support local charities. "I am proud of all of my runners for their effort and for the assistance that my sponsorship gives to some very meaningful causes," Moore said. The 1st Day 5K benefited the Northbridge Operation Graduation program, which helps promote a safe graduation celebration each year.