NHIAA Cross Country: Back-to-back for Coe-Brown's Brassard
Coe-Brown's Jeremy Brassard, right, stays ahead of Mascenic's Tim Fafard to win the Meet of Champions hosted at Nashua High School South on Saturday afternoon. (Mark Bolton/Union Leader)
Brassard found a final burst of strength to hold off Tim Fafard of Mascenic Regional High School of New Ipswich inside the last 30 meters in a thrilling finish of the boys 5K, winning by four-tenths of a second.
Brassard led Fafard by about a stride as two entered the final stretch across the football field at Nashua South High School. Fafard pulled even about midway across the field and appeared on the verge of overtaking Brassard as he labored through each step before determination kicked in at the very end of the Mines Falls course.
"I was catching up to him and I was thinking he was done," Fafard said. "I'm pretty happy. If I got second and Jeremy was behind me, I'd wonder what was going on. But Jeremy being one of the best in the state, I'm pretty proud that he's the only one that beat me."
Oyster River of Durham sophomore Maegan Doody won it with a time of 18:12.0, 6.3 seconds better than Div. II champion Emma Newton of Hollis/Brookline. Newton won the state meet last week by 11 seconds, but could not catch Doody as she pulled ahead of the pack with about a mile still to go and managed to hang on until the end.
"We've been working on being patient," Oyster River coach Fergus Cullen said.
"It's great to race with them because I can always count on them to take it out nice and fast and pull me to the finish," Daniels said.
Oyster River won the boys team title Saturday, followed by Pinkerton and Coe-Brown.