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New Hampshire State Class Championships

Deerfield Park, Manchester NH

October 31, 2009
From Lancer Timing - Class L    Class I    Class M&S
Race Distance: 5000 meters

Bishop Guertin boys defend, toppling NE#4 Pinkerton
Manchester Central girls also repeat, as does Hanover in Class I sweep

Defending champs Bishop Guertin repeated against higher-ranked NE#4 Pinkerton, claiming the 36-42 win behind Francis Hernandez.
Photo by Francis Hernandez

Team Champs:
  • Class L -  Bishop Guertin boys 36 over Pinkerton 42; Manchester Central girls 65 over Keene 67
  • Class I Hanover boys 50 over Coe-Brown 68; Hanover girls 69 over Merrimack Valley 73
  • Class M&S - Belmont boys 28 over Newmarket 96; Hopkinton girls 19 over Littleton 84
Class L Highlights
  • NE bubble team Bishop Guertin used a 1-2 punch from winner Francis Hernandez (15:43) and runner-up Jeff LaCoste (15:52) to topple US#35/NE#4 Pinkerton, 36 to 42, and defend their 2008 title.
  • The tight race up front in the girls' individual competition mirrored the team battle, as Manchester Central junior Alexandra Conway's 18:17 victory over Keene's Chloe Maleski (18:28) led her team to the top of the podium, 65-67, over Maleski's Keene squad.  Like Bishop Guertin, Manchester Central narrowly defended their 2008 title.
Class I Highlights
  • Portsmouth senior Eric Jenkins posted the fastest time of the day with his 15:32 victory over Hanover senior and defending champ Aaron Watanabe (15:39), but Watanabe had the pleasure of fronting his NE bubble team Hanover squad to a defense of their 2008 title with a 50-68 win over Coe-Brown.
  • Hanover senior Heidi Caldwell defended her crown from last fall, and helped make it another clean sweep by Hanover with a her 18:20 individual victory.  Hanover eked out the win in tight scoring with a 69-73 margin over runner-up Merrimack Valley.
Class M&S Highlights
  • The Belmont boys and Hopkinton girls were also repeat champions, defending '08 titles with convincing wins in Class M&S.
  • Senior Luke Robichaud led Belmont to it's 28 point total with his 17:13 runner-up finish behind individual winner Isaac Fithian (Sanborn Regional) who won in 17:03.
  • Mascenic Regional's defending champ Lacy Christiansen ran away from the girls field for the individual win in 18:37, more than a minute and a half up on her nearest pursuer.

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