Hebron, Maine (November 7, 2012) – Hebron Academy will welcome nearly twenty independent schools from across the region to the 2012 New England Division II Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 10. The event will recognize the top 20 varsity runners and top 20 junior varsity runners in New England, as well as the top four teams in the region. The first place team will take the title of New England Champion.
Participating schools include: Berkshire School (MA), Buckingham Browne & Nichols (MA), Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT), Cushing Academy (MA), The Governor’s Academy (MA), Groton School (MA), Hopkins School (CT), Kent School (CT), Noble and Greenough School (MA), The Roxbury Latin School (MA), St. Mark’s School (MA), Salisbury School (CT), Suffield Academy (CT), Tabor Academy (MA), Thayer Academy (MA), Westminster School (MA), The Williston Northampton School (MA), and Worcester Academy (MA).
Hebron Academy hosted the Division IV meet in 2011 for the first time. Sponsoring the event is a tremendous undertaking with more than five hundred athletes, coaches, families, fans and officials convening on campus for a full day of competition. With its 54,000 square foot Athletic Center erected in 2008 and well established trail system, Hebron
Academy was more than willing to accommodate such a large group of runners and supporters. The school happily stepped in when it learned last May that the Division II Championship venue still had yet to be determined. Volunteering its campus again this year has enabled Hebron to move from Division IV to Division II status for this meet.
“Hosting this event last season was a highlight for the Hebron community,” said Hebron Academy Athletic Director Leslie Guenther. “The wonderful volunteer support from parents, faculty, and maintenance and dining hall staffs made for an exciting day of competition and camaraderie, and we look forward to sharing our facilities with a new group of talented young athletes again this year.”
Hebron will enjoy a unique opportunity to compete against non-league opponents and gain exposure to school communities from all corners of New England. Peer institutions Hyde School and Berwick Academy have hosted the Division IV meet in past years, but Hebron is the only Maine school participating in this year’s Division II Championship.
All schools with a Division II designation are invited to attend this Saturday’s meet. Four races will take place on the day of competition: boys’ and girls’ varsity and boys’ and girls’ junior varsity. Schools are allowed to enter seven female varsity racers and seven male varsity racers as well as twelve junior varsity racers from each gender.
At last year’s Division IV Championship, Hebron Academy’s boys’ varsity runners finished 12th out of 19 schools. At the 2011 Division II meet, St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA) and Hopkins School (New Haven, CT) took first for varsity boys and girls, respectively. This year Hebron Academy will look to 2011 MVP Makoto Watanabe to lead the team. Watanabe, a junior, finished 10th in a field of 134 runners at the Division IV Championship last year and recently took second place in the boys’ varsity race at the MAISAD League Championship meet on November 2.
Three other division championships are taking place this Saturday. The top 20 finishers among the varsity boys and varsity girls at each of the four meets will qualify for the New England All-Star Meet on November 17.
About Hebron Academy
Founded in 1804, Hebron Academy is a small, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school for boys and girls in grades six through postgraduate. At Hebron, humanity and achievement ring true. Students from across the United States and around the world are challenged and inspired to reach their highest potential in mind, body, and spirit through small classes, knowledgeable teachers who provide individual attention, and a friendly, respectful atmosphere. Hebron offers a comprehensive curriculum in language arts and literature, mathematics, science, foreign languages, and history and boasts vibrant athletic and fine arts programs that enrich students of diverse backgrounds and interests. Hebron is located on the eastern edge of Maine’s White Mountains and is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Please visit www.hebronacademy.org for more information.
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