Saturday afternoon, while the Whalers and Vineyarders slugged it out on the gridiron, over on the Cape, cross country’s senior captain Peter Burke was blazing through the woods and leaving runners in his wake.

The announcement came over the loudspeaker at Dan McCarthy field just before halftime at the Island Cup: “Ladies and gentlemen, the Cape and Islands league cross country championship has just ended, and your Martha’s Vineyard harriers are the champions!”

On a day where the home football fans did not have much to cheer for, the news of cross country’s victory evoked a roar of joy from the crowd. Meanwhile, in South Yarmouth, Burke had just wrapped up the 3.1-mile course in 17:08.3, taking gold in the inaugural Cape and Islands All League meet.

Burke has been a force for the Vineyard this year, placing first in all but one of the team’s meets. And while his dominance is truly impressive, the boys undefeated season and team-wide placement at the Eastern Massachusetts divisional finals would not be possible without the consistent top-10 finishes his teammates have delivered all season.

Saturday was no different for the boys. Zach Utz, Borja Tolay and Isaac Richards all placed in the top eight behind Burke. For the girls, who placed fourth overall as a team, Adrienne Christy finished third overall and her sister Eloise finished sixth. Margaret Sykes, Amber Cuthbert and Ashley Biggs all finished within the top 28 runners, propelling the Vineyard to victory.

This Saturday the cross country teams will compete in the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association invitational before they head to Wrentham the following Saturday for the Eastern Mass Divisional Finals.

Girls soccer played their final home game of the season Saturday night under the lights and battled to a 1-1 tie against Barnstable, one of the best teams on the Cape. Freshman Ella Keene beat the Red Raider keeper with a strike to the left coming off a pass from Klara Reimann 12 minutes into the second half, and the Vineyard’s defense held true the rest of the way to secure the tie.

Coming into the game, division one Barnstable was 11-2-1 and sat in second place in the Atlantic division. Stellar goaltending from Vineyard keeper Ruby Reimann, like she has displayed all season, was key in keeping the Vineyard within striking distance and closing out senior night on a positive note.

The boys soccer team held their final game of the regular season Monday afternoon against Sandwich. On a gray and windy afternoon, the boys wasted no time getting off to a hot start on senior day. Needing a win to qualify for the state tourney, the boys jumped all over the Blue Knights early. Relentless attack from Emanuel DaSilva, Diogo Gonsalves and Ian Amodio led the way to a 4-0 Vineyard win.

The Vineyard (6-3-3), finished second in the Atlantic division behind Nauset (11-0-1), and was responsible for the only blemish on Nauset’s nearly perfect season, with the 2-2 tie at home on Sept. 26. The team’s playoff seed in the Division 3 South Section will be announced after the conclusion of all regular season games on Thursday.

The field hockey team closed out their regular season in second place in the Lighthouse division behind Monomoy and earned the 21st and final spot in the division two south sectional tournament. On Wednesday they defeated 12th seeded Carver 2-1 in the first round of the playoffs. Megan Zeilinger scored the first Vineyard goal with 10 minutes left in the first half then Ava BenDavid scored the second goal with 18 minutes left in the second half to win the game. Next up is an away game with Cohasset on Friday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Pete Gillis of the golf team competed in the division three state championship Monday and placed seventh out of 84 total competitors with a score of 76. The top two golfers finished one under par for the par 72 Cranberry Valley Golf Course in Harwich.

The football team is scheduled to play Saint John Paul II Saturday afternoon in Hyannis.