Gabe Pacione
Hamilton Wenham Regional
XC, Indoor & Outdoor Track: Distances
Comments by Coach Steve Sawyer

Gabe Pacione had a vibrant and colorful personality. He was always cheerful and never failed to greet you with a smile. His positive energy was instantly recognizable both on and off the field — even without the aid of his neon clad clothing. A bright streak and hair waving in the wind as he ran, Gabe was a dynamic athlete and a very tough competitor. He left a legacy at Hamilton-Wenham that will never be forgotten.

Gabe made a serious commitment to the running program at Hamilton-Wenham Regional. He was a three-season athlete in cross-country, indoor track and outdoor track for four years from 2004 to 2008, achieving much success at Cape Ann League, Regional, State and New England levels. His work ethic and positive approach to his daily responsibilities inspired athletes at all levels of competition. Gabe knew that a daily commitment to an organization and hard work every day meant success for everyone in the program. His dedication led to team championships and individual accolades; back-to-back Massachusetts State XC champion in ‘06 and ‘07, three-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic and twice named Runner of the Year — but it is his positive demeanor that has widely earned him the respect of competitors and coaches alike.

Gabe was all about running and relationships. Developing long lasting friendships with others was important to him. He made many friends over the years from other teams including athletes and coaches. Gabe’s involvement in athletics was centered around people and setting an example for others to follow. For Gabe, it was all about the team concept and making sure that other athletes felt the same way.

Team Accomplishments
  • Led Boys XC team to EMASS XC Championship in 2007
  • 2 straight top 5 finishes | MA All-State XC Championships (06|07)
  • 3 straight top 4 finishes | EMASS XC Championships (05|06|07)
  • Won 2 consecutive CAL and CAL Open XC Championships (06|07)
  • Achieved 2 undefeated XC seasons in a row: 24-0 (06|07)
  • Led Indoor team to CAL and CAL Track & Field Open Championships (08)
  • Led Outdoor track team to 2 consecutive EMASS Championships (07|08)
  • Won 2 consecutive CAL and CAL Track & Field Open Championships (07|08)
  • Achieved 2 undefeated outdoor track seasons in a row: 24-0 (07|08)
  • Mass All-State Track & Field Relay Champions in 2008
  • Led Boys Varsity XC & Track teams to an undefeated 36-0 record in Cape Ann League competition (07-08)
Personal Athletic Accomplishments
  • 4x Varsity Cross-Country & Indoor Track & Field team, Captain 2007-2008
  • 3x Varsity Outdoor Track & Field team, Captain 2008
  • 2x Massachusetts All-State XC Champion D2 (06|07)
  • 6x EMASS D4 Champion (XC, 1 & 2 Mile Indoor & 2 Mile Outdoor Track)
  • 6x Cape Ann League Open Champion (XC, 2 Mile Indoor & Outdoor Track)
  • 3x Boston Globe All-Scholastic All-Star (05|06|07)
  • 2x Boston Globe XC Runner of the Year (06|07)
  • 3x Boston Herald All-Scholastic All-Star (05|06|07)
  • 9x Salem News All-Star
  • 4x Salem News Runner of the Year
  • 8x Cape Ann League All-Star
  • 4x Cape Ann League Athlete/Runner of the Year
  • Holds 9 Hamilton Wenham School Records
  • Holds Generals XC Course Record- 14:03 | 4:54 per mile | 2.85m