December 16, 2017
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Connecticut, New Hampshire teams win New England cross country titles

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff

Teams from Middletown, Conn., and Derry, N.H., were crowned champions Saturday at the New England Cross Country Championships held at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

Xavier High School of Middletown, Conn., won the boys title, besting a field of 30 teams from the six-state region by scoring 74 points to edge second-place Staples High School of Westport, Conn., which finished with 103.

Pinkerton High School of Derry, N.H., captured the girls crown with 163 points, 20 points ahead of in-state rival Bishop Guertin of Nashua, N.H.

The top Maine team in the girls field was Class A state champion Camden Hills of Rockport, which finished 11th among the 29 competing schools in that race with 317 points.

The Windjammers were paced by sophomore Grace Iltis, who placed 23rd among the 258 individual runners in a time of 18 minutes, 43.78 seconds for the 3.1-mile course. Teammate Augusta Stockman, a junior, was next for Camden Hills and 58th overall in 19:28.80.

Iltis was one of just three Maine runners to crack the top 50 in the girls race. Freshman Sofie Matson of Falmouth finished 10th in 18:17:30 while Freeport junior Lily Horne was 28th in 18:55.28.

Julia Robitaille, a junior from Manchester West High School in Manchester, N.H., won the girls race with a time of 17:31.65. Eleanor Lawler, a senior from South Kingston, R.I., was second in 17:40.55.

Drew Thompson, a senior from Fairfield, Conn., paced a field of 253 finishers in the boys race with a time of 15:16.66, comfortably ahead of second-lace Riley Fenoff, a senior from Danville, Vt., who was timed in 15:48.45.

Luke Laverdiere, a senior from Yarmouth High School, was the top Maine boys finisher and eighth overall in 15:59.70. Deering of Portland senior Yaha Nure was 10th in 16:01.23, with teammate Alex Troxwell, a junior, next among Mainers and 18th overall in 16:05.64.

Maine placed seven runners among the top 50 finishers in the boys race.

Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, a sophomore from Mount Ararat School of Topsham, was next among the Maine contingent and 26th overall in 16:14.17, with Bangor High School junior Gabe Coffey 34th in 16:21.61.

Sam Russ, a junior from Lincoln Academy of Newcastle, was 43rd in 16:27.21 while Scarborough sophomore Connor Coffin finished 46th in 16:30.04.

Deering was the top-finishing Maine team in the boys race and 16th overall with 462 points.

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