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Hanover Boys Third, Lebanon Girls Fourth at N.H. Cross Country States



Valley News Correspondent
Saturday, October 27, 2018

Manchester — The Hanover High boys finished third and the Lebanon High girls had a program-best fourth-place result to highlight their day at the NHIAA cross country state meet at Derryfield Park on Saturday.

On a cold and rainy day, the Marauders (97 points) put five runners in the top 35 of the Division II race for their top-three placement behind champion Coe-Brown (44) and runner-up Oyster River (61).

Hanover’s girls were fifth in the D-II team standings. Lebanon, running in the D-III meet for the first time, saw the girls take fourth to make next week’s Meet of Champions for the first time as a team. The Raider boys were seventh.

Sam Murray (17:29.3) led the Hanover boys’ charge, finishing 13th. Jack Lynch (17.32.5) followed in 15th. Daniel Bandler ended up at 20th (17:37.6), Daniel Frost (17:41.1) finished 23rd and Matthew Bonner (17:59.0) went 31st to complete the Marauders’ scoring.

Merrimack Valley’s David Reynolds paced the field in a winning time of 16:44.8.

Leila Trummel (20:21.1) had the top time for the Hanover girls, finishing in the 14th place overall. Christine Aman (20:40.0) was only seconds behind and came in 17th.

Aman’s plan was to stay tight with Trummel.

“My strategy was kind of to keep Leila (Trummel) in sight, and I think I managed, so I’d say it was a good race,” Aman said.

Trummel was happy following the race. She had been sick all throughout the season, but finally felt good on Saturday. Not even the wintry weather could stop her.“You feel really strong when you run in the rain; it’s awesome,” Trummel said. “You’re just powering through.”

Coe-Brown swept to the D-II team crown with 62 points, ahead of Con-Val (84) and Souhegan (100). The Marauders checked in at 131 points, just behind fourth-place Oyster River (122). Caroline Loescher (35th; 21:39.2), Charlotte Tagupa (38th; 21:48.5) and Alice Garner (42nd; 22:01.6) completed Hanover’s scoring. Merrimack Valley’s Sophie Reynolds won in 18:32.9.

Lebanon’s girls also scored 131 points in their history-making D-III encounter. The followed Hopkinton (52), Campbell (81) and Kearsarge (101) to claim their MOC invitation.

“This is the first time, and that’s really exciting,” Lebanon freshman Zoe Chinn said.

Chinn (23:16.5) finished 35th overall, third-best for Raider girls behind teammates Brianna DeBanico (20th; 21.49.6) and Sofia Amaro (27th; 22:40.2). Abbie Baker (42nd; 23:44.3) and Emma Herndon (44th; 23:48.5) also scored for Lebanon. Kearsarge’s Mya Dubie won in 19:50.2.

The Raiders girls have no seniors, so finishing so high was a huge achievement. Amaro said the Raiders did so well because the whole team has the mentality of captains.

“Usually, the captains are seniors and are people who have a good relationship with everyone on the team,” Amaro said. “Everyone is acting like that already. I think it’s really good to have so many leaders on our group.”

The Raider boys finished seventh as a team, but Cody Davis (17:42.3) was seventh overall, earning an individual MOC invite.

Davis was happy with his result after a slow start, considering the weather. The cold and rain that bothered him that much, he said afterward.

“It wasn’t as much the weather as much as the course conditions themselves,” Davis said. “There was a ton of mud, and it was really slick through most of it. Three guys in front of me slipped around a corner.”

Zach Herndon (52nd; 19:25.4) and Kevin Sullivan (53rd; 19:26.0) followed Davis. Nathaniel Brown (67th; 19:58.4) and Brendan Freeman (83rd; 20:28.6) completed the Raiders’ tally of 255 points.

Mascenic (63) edged Campbell (65) for team honors. Campbell’s Jeffrey Allen won the race in 16:23.5. Mascoma had three runners in the boys’ field, with Gabe Rocke placing a team-best 111th (21:21.0). Sean Moody was 124th (21:56.3) for Newport.

Megan Clough was a team-best 75th (25:48.9) for the Mascoma girls, who were one runner shy of posting a team score. Katrina Pickering led Newport by taking 73rd (25:42.6).

Correction

The Hanover High boys cross-country team placed four runners in the top 25 and five in the top 35 in the NHIAA Division II state meet on Saturday. An earlier version of this story misstated their results.