NHIAA Girls' Cross Country: It's Coe-Brown, Hopkinton and Winnacunnet
Emma Newton, right, is first in the Division II girls with Coe-Brown's Elisabeth Danis, far left coming in second, during the NHIAA cross country division championships, held at Derryfield Park, Manchester, on Saturday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
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Hopkinton raced to its seventh straight Division III title and ninth in the last 10 years.
A pair of newcomers - one a senior and the other a freshman - led the winning Winnacunnet pack.
"They stepped up huge and all the others improved their times light years from last year," said coach Jay Damren. "We stressed the gap time between our runners from one to five and we knew if they were close together, we'd be in good shape."
The Warriors backed up their win in the large school division at last month's Manchester Invitational.
"Now we have to transition from the hills here to the flats of Nashua," Damren said. "If we do well there, we'll be back to the hills here again for the New Englands (in two weeks at Derryfield)."
Pinkerton sophomore Arie Vaillancourt was third in 19:24, Concord senior Smita Boesch-Dining was fourth in 19:29 and Emily Harrison of Manchester Central was fifth in 19:30.
Coe-Brown, which is going back to defend its Meet of Champions title, turned in another impressive performance.
The Bears put their top five runners in the top nine spots to win the race going away.
"Emma definitely took advantage of of the fact we were battling it out," Danis said. "She saw an opportunity and came up behind us. I'm really happy with how my race went. Emma's an amazing racer and I'm proud to lose to her. I'm ecstatic with where I finished. ... And it was an awesome day for our team."
"We wanted to put as many in the Top 10 as we could," said coach Tim Cox. "The girls ran great."
Sophomore Sarah Nadeau and freshman Maddie Clark gave Hopkinton a one-two punch at the top of the Division III race. Nadeau won the title in 19:29 and Clark was right behind in 19:38.
"We were looking for about a 24:30 out of her," said coach Rob Nadeau.
She finished in 23:19 for a 31st-place finish.
"That was the key," Nadeau said. "Bow all season had five in before we had five, It was a matter of getting our fifth in a good spot. It was an excellent day all around."
Junior Jessica Schanlaber of White Mountains Regional in Whitefield was third and junior Casey Hecox of Derryfield of Manchester was fourth.