Coe-Brown girls capture elusive NE cross country crown
Three. Two. Won.
The progression is complete.
Two years removed from a third-place finish at the New England Cross Country Championships and one year since placing as runner-up at the same event, it only made sense that the girls from Coe-Brown of Northwood, running on the familiar, home-state turf of Derryfield Park in Manchester, would race to the top on Saturday.
And so they did.
Led by the ninth-place finish of junior Hannah Parker, who completed the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 16.1 seconds, the Bears completed their three-year countdown in style. It was a championship made all the sweeter in that it came over last-year's-champion-turned-this-year's-runner-up, Barrington High School of Rhode Island.
In a girls' field that included 264 finishers and 30 teams, Coe-Brown placed its top five runners in the top 55, including Parker, sophomore Elisabeth Danis (15th, 18:21.8), senior Jessie Carney (24th, 18:35.3), sophomore Brooke Laskowsky (32nd, 18:51.5) and sophomore Meg Scannell (55th, 19:15.6).
That efficiency was good for 78 points, while Barrington totaled 99 points in placing second. LaSalle Academy of Rhode Island (108), Tolland (Conn.) High School (120) and Glastonbury (Conn.) High School rounded out the top five.
The overall girls' winner was Hannah Debalsi, a sophomore from Staples (Conn.) High School, who finished in 17:15.8.
Coe-Brown's Parker was New Hampshire's top finisher, followed by sophomore Maegan Doody of Oyster River of Durham (11th, 18:18.2), Danis, sophomore Ariel Vaillancourt of Pinkerton Academy of Derry (17th, 18:27.9), Carney, junior Casey Hecox of the Derryfield School of Manchester (29th, 18:43.8) Laskowsky, junior Shannon Murdock of Exeter (35th, 18:55.3), sophomore Morgan Sansing of Pinkerton (43rd, 19:02.8) and freshman Maddie Clark of Hopkinton (51st, 19:13.8),
The remaining five New Hampshire schools who competed as teams included Bishop Guertin of Nashua (seventh, 272 points), Pinkerton (ninth, 321), Concord (19th, 501), Winnacunnet of Hampton (21st, 587) and Nashua North (25th, 633).
New England Boys' Championship
The Coe-Brown girls won't return to Northwood with the school's only bragging rights, as senior Jeremy Brassard earned a top 10 finish of his own, his 15:48.1 just a half-kick better than Randall Neish of Glastonburry, Conn.
Less than a minute behind individual boys' winner Trevor Hopper of Ridgefield (Conn.) High (15:08.5), Brassard was New Hampshire's top finisher at the New Englands.
He was followed by fellow Granite Staters, junior Tim Fafard of Mascenic of New Ipswich (14th, 15:51.2), senior Tristam Winship of Bedford (22nd, 15:57.0), sophomore Cameron Daly of Inter-Lakes of Meredith (29th, 16:04.7), senior Justin Trott of Winnacunnet (30th, 16:07.0), senior Phil Parent of Pinkerton (31st, 16:10.0), sophomore Dom Repucci of Hopkinton (37th, 16:13.0), junior Eli Moskowitz of Souhegan of Amherst (43rd, 16:17.7), junior Brian Reaney of Portsmouth (48th, 16:19.7) and senior Tyler McLaren of Bishop Guertin (52nd, 16:20.3).