Meet of Champions Preview – New Hampshire Cross Country
The boys went on to place 2nd at the Meet of Champions, thus qualify for New Englands. but in the heat of the race itself it felt like we were striving for our teammates The Hanover boys' team made NH xc history by having all 7 runners Noah Williams Hanover XC Interviewed by Jim Eakin Sept. New England Cross Country Mud Championships Divisionals were muddy, Meet of Champions were muddier, and New Englands were muddiest! Sophia raced next, with a singular goal of placing as the top NH runner. of the Manchester Invitational, Kristie Schoffield in (who currently runs for. From Meet Management: MOC course has significant standing water and mud on course. Boots suggested for course walk through. With the coming rain, we're.
Throw in the impact of the weather as the course deteriorated through the Divisional Meets last weekend, and we find ourselves quite thankful we have a Meet of Champions to settle many friendly arguments!!! In recent years, we have used the Divisional Merges as our guide to compose this preview and still will. After a relatively slow start this season, the Trailblazers find themselves in familiar territory at the top of the heap come the end of the season.
It seems as if the past few years, the coaching staff has perfected this, and really, should we have expected anything different from the defending New England Champions? With D2 Champ Coe-Brown in the mix in addition to Exeter, the Trailblazers will once again have to rely on each scoring member as well as race the second half to perfection ensure their victory.
The Exeter Hawks made everyone believers as they took the race to Pinkerton last week to kick off the Divisional meet! It was the first time since that an Exeter cross country team had brought home hardware from Division 1s. NH number 1 for most of the season, Coe-Brown, sits at number 3 after winning the Division 2 title over the most challenging of conditions. This week we will find out for certain if this is truly where they stand. They have defeated both Exeter Manchester Invite and Pinkerton Pelham Invitational head to head at one point or another this season.
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Throw in a few brand new varsity runners in Miranda Compton, Amelia Edmonds, Tessa Millette, coupled with the lone senior leader in Autumn Graham, the Bears also have the ingredients to challenge on Saturday and beyond. Led by their terrific trio in Clare Veverka, Rachel Hurley and Schuyler Michalak, the Cougars will always post the low sticks to be competitive in the large meets.
Further, with the development of 4 runner Sarah Newell, one can never count out Con-Val. With one of the best packs in the state, the Crimson Tide continues to improve as the season progresses. Fortunate to have the potential low-stick in Morgane Orcutt, Concord has a strong chance to hold their ranking and qualify on Saturday. If their supporting cast can continue to improve as they have all season, expect to see the Cardinals competing as a team next weekend.
Talk about racing strong on Mines Falls, last year Souhegan essentially stole the show from Pinkerton with a 5 point victory by running a phenomenal team race. This year, the Lady Sabers have persevered through injuries and still find themselves on the precipice of qualifying once again for New Englands in spite of these challenges.
Again, looking at the success of their middle school program, expect Salem, led by freshmen Bethany Graham and Natalie Coryea to have an outside shot this weekend, and to qualify for multiple New Englands Championships in the upcoming years.
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Because everything is so close, if one or more of these teams catch fire on Saturday, they could surprise! Individually Simply stated, last year was epic with Jackie Gaughan running in the A few variables to consider when looking at First off Cali Coffin looked to join Robitialle as the next potential runner to break Unfortunately she has incurred an injury causing her to miss the rest of the season.
As a sophomore, we will simply hit pause on this particular story because assuredly she will be back next year picking up where she left off. Robitaille, has been steadily improving as the season has progressed, and one would have to surmise has been biding her time until championship season. What is exciting is she will have company once again in Reynolds, who has to be the favorite this week as she posted the fastest time by 16 seconds last week in the most challenging conditions of the day.
Expect these three to take off from the gun and establish a triumverate at the front of the field.
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Unfortunately the third variable will again be the weather. With inches of rain in the forecast for Thursday night to Saturday morning, the course will be wet and relatively slow. Quite the return to the top. If Mother Nature cooperates just a bit, this year could be even faster. If the season was a race, Concord has led gun to tape almost there anyway.
NH 1 all season, the Crimson Tide has everything. They have set their sites on New Englands, but that does not make the MOCs any less important as they like to build momentum to bolster their confidence when attempting to upset favorite and Northeast 1 Bishop Hendricken of Rhode Island next week.
While Concord seems to be a possible foregone conclusion, the next several teams might be separated by only 30 or so points. Spectators were setting themselves up at key locations, hoping to witness crashes this is true, at the bottom of the grassy hill after the 2 mile there were a group of girls watching the boys race.
Strangely for us, I believe every MV runner survived the day upright, not even obviously slipping when others around them were.
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Smart running, and smart spiking! The girls race, as is tradition, lined up first. Individually, Sophia had a shot at the title, although it would mean unseating the defending Division and New England champion, Julia of West. I admit, though I downplayed her chances in the NHCC preview, after her blitzing of our home course last week I was pretty confident the day would be hers. Once recovered they were off and running.
Sophia executed the race strategy out perfectly as usual, gaining psychological and physical advantage throughout, and eventually winning in the fastest time of the day. A PR on that course? Dare we say it? Maddy raced fantastic, running another sub and almost cracking the top As an example of how far both Maddy and Emma have come, Emma ran A summer of running and who knows; top 25 next year Maddy?
Maizie capped off her MVXC career with one of her best races ever, an almost minute improvement over last year. She was so quick that I missed her on the course twice and thought she had dropped out.
Crossing the line was bittersweet, as Maizie has been such a great leader this year and certainly will leave a void, but the team is all the better because of her. While only running one year on the team, she proved her worth by always running in the varsity 7 this year. Tristan, perhaps affected a bit more than others by the weather and never a big fan of Derryfield anyhow, was the next MV runner to cross the line. Another team stalwart, and a great source of humor as well as inspiration, we have been lucky to have had the last four years with Tristan.
Wrapping up the day for the girls was MacNeill, over a minute faster than she was over the same course a month ago and showing she deserved to be in the race. Overall, the girls placed 8th, achieving the pre-season goal of a top-ten finish and 6 places higher than a year ago.
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The plan was derailed before it began by a lack of summer running, but as the season progressed and runners improved it became apparent that it was still a possibility, though like the girls it would require a hero effort.
Individually, we once again had a favorite in the race, although when you have such a big favorite as David was it gets a little scary as the target on your back grows.
No such courtesy next week, please!