Local roundup: Between Hanover girls, Thetford girls and Harriman, a great day to run cross country

  • Lea Perreard —Tris Wykes

  • Birhanu Harriman —Tris Wykes

  • Anita Miller —Tris Wykes

  • Declan McCullough —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High’s Birhanu Harriman runs toward the finish line at the NHIAA Division II state cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 29, 2022. Harriman won the race in 15 minutes, 31 seconds. Jay Smith — NewHampshireCrossCountry.com—

  • Lebanon High’s Birhanu Harriman runs toward the finish line at the NHIAA Division II state cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 29, 2022. Harriman won the race in 15 minutes, 31 seconds. Jay Smith — NewHampshireCrossCountry.com—

  • Hanover’s Lea Perreard (513) heads to the finish line at the NHIAA Division II state cross country championship on Oct. 29, 2022, at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H. Perreard, with a fifth-place time of 19:19.4, paced the Bears to the D-II girls team championship.s Jay Smith — NewHampshireCrossCountry.com—

  • Hanover’s Maria Anderson (507) and Lila Muirhead (512) follow Souhegan’s Emma Jarnagin (711) to the finish line at the NHIAA Division II state cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester, N.H., on Oct. 29, 2022. The Bears won the girls team championship. Jay Smith — NewHampshireCrossCountry.com—

Staff Reports
Published: 10/29/2022 10:08:51 PM
Modified: 10/30/2022 10:30:48 AM

MANCHESTER — The Hanover High girls cross country team captured its first state title in 13 years by claiming the NHIAA Division II championship on Saturday at Derryfield Park. The Bears placed six runners within the top 20 finishers and were led by freshman Lea Perreard, who clocked 19 minutes, 19 seconds and finished fifth among individuals.

“It was an amazing day,” said Hanover coach Eric Picconi. “The girls owned the course and held their positions from the start. There were some challenges by other teams, but (Hanover) set the bar too high.”

Hanover scored 57 points, well ahead of second-place Oyster River, which collected 80. Lebanon was 10th out of 14 teams, with Isabella Hastings clocking 19:59 for eighth place.

Hanover also received good performances from Maria Anderson (11th, 20:35), Lila Muirhead (12th, 20:37), Matilda Monroe (14th, 20:49), Megan Faris (15th 20:52) and Sarah Glueck (19th, 21:25).

Lebanon’s Birhanu Harriman won the Division II boys race in 15:31, besting longtime rival Aidan Cox of Coe-Brown, which easily won the team competition. Cox, who’s committed to run for the University of Virginia, clocked 16:10. Cox ran the first mile in 4:50 and Harriman in 5:05.

Lebanon’s Tommy Wolfe was third in 16:18 and the Raiders finished third among 19 teams. Hanover finished fourth with strong outings from Mack Levy (16th, 17:15) and Will Parker (19th, 17:20).

Boys top-10 team scores: Coe-Brown 28, Souhegan 72, Lebanon 121, Hanover 125, Oyster River 176, Milford 181, Bow 206, Goffstown 235, John Stark 296, Hollis-Brookline 303.

Girls top 10 team scores: Hanover 57, Oyster River 80, Bow 101, Souhegan 115, Plymouth 124, Kennett 142, Coe-Brown 147, Merrimack Valley 197, John Stark 250, Lebanon 267.

Mascoma, Newport compete at D-III states

MANCHESTER — The Mascoma boys were 11th and Newport 23rd out of 24 teams in the NHIAA D-III state meet at Derryfield Park.

The Royals’ top finisher was Gunner Currier in 10th at 17:41. Newport’s top finisher was Bryce Palmer (96th, 21:00). The race included 174 runners.

Mascoma’s top girls finisher was Emma Colburn (50th, 23:45). Neither Mascoma nor Newport had enough runners for a girls team score

Boys team scores: Trinity 61, Gilford 149, St. Thomas 158, Fall Mountain 164, Mascenic 192, Portsmouth Christian 219, Hopkinton 253, Kearsarge 254, Newfound 255, Conant 271; 11. Mascoma 283:, 23. Newport 602.

Thetford girls repeat as state champions

THETFORD — Madelyn Durkee finished second place in 21:02 as the Thetford Academy girls won repeated as VPA Division III cross country state champs on their home Woods Trail course.

White River Valley’s Anita Miller, who doubles as a member of the Wildcats’ girls soccer team, won the individual crown in 20:42.

“Our plan was to race a conservative first mile and then increase the intensity for the middle and final miles,” said Thetford coach Joe Deffner. “They carried it out perfectly, and all six of the girls impressed us with their focus.”

White River Valley’s Anya Young was third (21:24) and her team finished fourth. Thetford boasted four other runners in the top 15 aside from Durkee: Ava Hayden (fifth, 22:00), Annie Hesser (11th, 23:54), Charlize Brown (12th, 24:07) and Charlotte Reimanis (15th, 24:33).

Alyssa Roberts was 10th in 23:44 for Mid Vermont Christian, and Olivia Martaniuk was 59th in 31:10 for Windsor.

Thetford’s boys were led by Ben Mattern (fifth, 18:21) and Brady Sloop (sixth, 18:28). Lincoln Miller of White River Valley was 14th in 19:43. Oxbow’s Caide Covey was 35th in 21:28 and Windsor’s Liam Atwood was 37th in 21:25.

Boys team scores:Craftsbury 18, Stowe 49, Thetford 64, Randolph 95, BFA-Fairfax 128, Danville 130, Lake Region 131, Northfield-Williamstown 132, Long Trail 157, Richford 176, Oxbow, 200.

Girls team scores: Thetford 21, Stowe 46, Rice 73, White River Valley 74, BFA-Fairfax 76, Lake Region 95, Bellows Falls 105, Twinfield 124.

Wasps’ McNaughton fourth at VPA D-II states

THETFORD — Woodstock’s Zed McNaughton ran 17:36 to finish fourth and the Wasps were sixth out of 13 teams in the VPA Division II state meet at Thetford Academy on Saturday. Hartford was ninth, led by Gavin Farnsworth (35th, 20:02).

Woodstock’s girls tied for seventh, and Hartford’s were 10th. The Wasps’ Logan Knox (16th, 23:01) and the Hurricanes’ Meg McLaury (57th, 26:32) lead their respective teams.

Boys top-10 team scores:U-32, 52, Montpelier 54, Middlebury 75, Burr & Burton 112, Harwood 120, Woodstock 176, Lamoille 220, Vergennes 227, Hartford 246, Mount Abraham 270.

Girls top-10 team scores: U-32 27, Middlebury 81, Harwood 94, Burr & Burton 99, Lyndon 127, Spaulding 156, Woodstock 156, Lamoille 168, Mount Abraham 227, Hartford 291.

Boys soccer Rivendell 2, Long Trail 0

ORFORD — The top-seeded Raptors (13-1-0) advanced to the Vermont Division IV semifinals. They’ll face fourth-seeded Twinfield-Cabot on Wednesday at Community Field.

Woodstock 3, Enosburg Falls 0

ENOSBURG FALLS, Vt. — The fifth-seeded Wasps (11-5) used goals by Declan McCullough and Ezra Lockhart and a deflection off a host defender to advance to the VPA Division III semifinals against top-ranked Vergennes (12-1-2). Alec and Rowan Smail each had assists.

The Wasps and Commodores will do battle on Wednesday at 3 p.m. in Vergennes.

Peoples 4, Thetford 0

MORRISTOWN, Vt. — The sixth-seeded Panthers fell to the third-seeded Wolves and finished their fall campaign at 7-7-2.

Football Windsor 38, Springfield 0

WINDSOR — The top-seeded Yellowjackets (9-0) routed the Cosmos (3-6) to open defense of their VPA Division III championship in a quarterfinal victory.

Maison Fortin ran for one touchdown and threw for another to Rodger Petermann to highlight Windsor’s day.

The Jacks host fifth-seeded Mount Abraham (5-4) in next Saturday’s semifinals.

Mill River 32, Woodstock 7

NORTH CLARENDON, Vt. — The sixth-seeded Wasps (4-5) lost to the third-seeded Minutemen (6-2), who led, 26-0, at halftime to wrap up their season in the VPA Division III quarterfinals.

Mascoma 46, Newfound 8

BRISTOL, N.H. — Six players scored for the Royals (2-5), who ended the NHIAA Division IV season with back-to-back victories.

Coach John Daley said his program will lose four seniors to graduation but has hopes that nearly a dozen freshmen will arrive next fall.

Newport 45, Raymond 13

NEWPORT — The Tigers (6-1) will be second seeded behind unbeaten Somersworth in the upcoming four-team NHIAA Division IV state tournament. The Tigers will host either a rematch with the Rams or a date with Bishop Brady on Saturday at Maryn Field.

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