Out for a run
Gabby Richardson knew she wasn’t going to catch up to the leaders at Saturday’s Division I girls cross country championship at Derryfield Park.
But the Bishop Guertin High School senior could catch a few of the runners around her and improve her place, just in case.
Good for the Cardinals that she did.
Bishop Guertin’s top five runners finished in a tie for first place with Concord, with 73 points each, but the Cardinals took the tiebreaker and the Division I title because Richardson, the team’s sixth-place finisher, came in ahead of the sixth runner for the Crimson Tide.
“We came up with a plan,” Bishop Guerton coach Danielle Fischer said. “I knew we had our first four, who were going to be able to crack the top 20. Then we would have three that were going to have to fight and break up (other teams).
“The plan for Gabby was to break up shirts that you see that you know you have to get in front of, and I saw her at the 200 meters and I told her ‘you’ve got to take two’ and she took them. We knew it was going to be close.”
Winnacunnet finished third with 75 points while Pinkerton (102) and Merrimack (169) finished out the top five.
Alvirne came in ninth while Nashua North was 12th and Nashua South came in 14th.
Pinkerton took first place in the boys race, finishing with 56 points, well ahead of second-place Timberlane (100). Alvirne took third with 138 points while Concord (176) and Manchester Central (188) was fifth.
South (193) came in sixth and North (197) was seventh, while Bishop Guertin (230) came in ninth and Merrimack was 12th.
The top eight teams and the first 30 finishers from both D-I races advance to next Saturday’s Meet of Champions, held at Nashua South.
In Division II, Souhegan’s Eli Moskowitz came in first, finishing in 15 minutes, 58.2 seconds, ahead of Lebanon’s Josh Fontaine (16:17.1). Madeleine Hunt of Souhegan was the top local finisher in the girls race, coming in fifth.
Coe-Brown won both the girls and the boys title on D-II, while Mascenic won the Division III boys race and White Mountains won the girls title.
In the D-I girls race, Exeter’s Shannon Murdock cruised to her second straight individual title, finishing in 18:32.6, while Pinkerton’s Morgan Sansing (18:40.5) and Ariel Vaillancourt (19:25.2) took second and third, respectively.
Heidi Ntengeri led Bishop Guertin with a sixth place, finishing in 19:43.3, while Chloe Conway came in 11th in 19:56.5. The Cardinals also got top 20 finishes from Jessica Ewing (17th, 20:14.4) and Gabrielle Dionne (18th, 20:19.7), while Ellie Goyette rounded out the team’s top five in 21st (20:26.2).
Richardson, who finished 29th overall, knew that she would finish sixth for the Cardinals and knew that could end up being a key for the team’s championship hopes.
“I knew it was important and I knew that I was sixth, so that if anything happened, I’d be the deciding runner,” she said. “Just run your hardest because every position matters. It wasn’t so much about the team you’re passing, but every place you get is going to help the team.”
Alvirne’s Shaylyn Saunders also finished in the top 10, coming in ninth in 19:53.3, while Merrimack’s Bailey Carrillo finished 16th in 20:12.7. Alvirne’s Katie Bellomo (23rd) and Jenna Bradish (26th) along with Merrimack’s Grace Corbett (24th) and Sarah House (27th) finished in the top 30.
Nicolina Braccio led North with a 43rd place while Rebecca Berube was the top South runner, taking 54th.
The Pinkerton boys (56) had its five scorers place in the top 20, with Nick Sevilla (fourth, 16:71.1) leading the way. Timberlane’s Liam Kimball finished first in 15:58.4, while Bedford’s Scott Daly took third and the Bulldogs finished 17th.
Alvirne’s Phillip Demers was the top local finisher, taking ninth in 16:33.5, while Bishop Guertin’s Christopher Fischer was 16th and South’s Mitch King was 18th.
Kendall Westhoff and Noah Bellomo of Alvirne finished 20th and 22nd, respectively.
Moskowitz improved on his second-place finish in last year’s division race by taking first and cutting almost seven seconds off his time.
The Coe-Brown boys (61) took four of the top 15 spots and had all five scorers place in the top 17. Goffstown was second with 138 points and Portsmouth third (148). Oyster River and Windham rounded out the top five for the boys.
Souhegan came in seventh with Garrett Earley coming in 34th and Ben Platt was 38th. Hollis Brookline finished 12th as a team, with Cameron Jackson leading the way at 24th, while Milford finished 17th, led by Jake Ricca, who came in 51st.
Coe-Brown (22) won its fifth straight girls title in dominating fashion, as its top five finished second, third, fourth, sixth and seventh. Oyster River’s Maegan Doody came in first and Hunt was fifth, the only spots in the top seven not taken by Coe-Brown.
Oyster River was second with 87 points and Souhegan came in third with 92, while Hanover and Windham rounded out the top five.
Shannon Earley and Elise Lambert took 17th and 18th, respectively, for Souhegan while Hannah Gillis came in 21st and Kate Bermingham was 31st.
HB (205) came in sixth, with Sarah Cramton finishing ninth. Milford was 11th overall, led by Kaela Greska, who finished 37th.
In D-II, the top six teams and the first 25 runners in both boys and girls move on to MOCs.
The Campbell girls came 12th overall, as Jaime Minervini was 37th and Caitlyn Callinan finished 52nd for the Cougars. Derryfield’s Casey Hecox won the race in 19:25.
Cameron Daly of Inter-Lakes won the boys race, coming in in 16:11.7, while first-place Mascenic’s Avery Traffie was third (16:50). Campbell was 14th overall, with Payton Musco coming in 59th and Sam Munnelly was 70th.
The top five teams and the top 23 finishers from D-III advanced to next Saturday’s race.