NHIAA Boys' Cross Country: Prospect Mountain, Oyster River, Pinkerton run to team titles
Coe-Brown's Jeremy Brassard, in Division II Boys, wins, during the NHIAA Cross Country Division Championships, held at Derryfield Park, in Manchester on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
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Pinkerton coach Mike Clark proudly handed the championship plaque off to one of his runners.
"You were a little baby the last time you held the championship trophy," he said.
Owen Clark, the coach's son, was only a few months old when the Astros last won the state championship. He ran for his Dad on Saturday.
"Six of the last eight years we were the runnerup," Mike Clark said. "Oh my gosh. We've been knocking on the door for a long time."
Thanks to some strategy adjustments during the race, they broke through the door again on Saturday.
In the end, Parent finished sixth and Hanlon 12th.
"We had that pack mentality all year," Clark said. "Everyone had closing speed, too. Phil probably picked off four guys at the end."
Pinkerton has won seven titles and been runnerup 10 times in Clark's 32 years as head coach.
Brassard bounced back from a tough race in the Manchester Invitational to defend his Division II title and post the fastest time of the day.
He finished in 15:51, 14 seconds ahead of Souhegan junior Eli Moskowitz. Brassard won last year's Division II meet in 16:08 and went on to win the Meet of Champions in 15:46.
"I'm pumped, but I'm more excited that our team is going to the Meet of Champions," Brassard said. "We haven't been there as a team since my freshman year. That's very special."
The top six teams in Division II, top eight in Division I and top five in Division III qualify for the Meet of Champions.
The Bobcats won titles in 2010 and 2011 and Souhegan was first last year.
Seniors Drew Tuttle and Mike Fife came in fifth and seventh respectively to lead Prospect Mountain to its title.
"They've been strong all season," said Hopkinton coach Rob Nadeau. "They've got some good runners at the top and fill in well behind them."
Mascenic Regional junior Tim Fafard won the race in 16:04 and Cameron Daly of Inter-Lakes was the runnerup. Hopkinton's Dom Reppucci finished third.
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