By Lloyd Jones
CONWAY — The Kennett High boys' and girls' cross-country ski teams are the best in the state. Both teams brought home first place trophies after taking top honors at the prestigious New Hampshire Nordic Coaches Association second race in Plymouth on Saturday.
"An amazing wrap to the coaches series races," said Steve Vosburgh, Eagles' head coach. "The Ke'snnett skiers were amazing. This definitely shows the depth of the program. Many of our skiers really had breakthrough days. It was one of those days where everybody just seemed ready to go.'
The Kennett boys edged Concord by a point to claim the team title in the 5K skate (freestyle) with 36 points in the 17-school field.
Concord was second with 37 points, followed by Gilford, 89; Holderness, 117; Lebanon, 133; Bedford and Inter-Lakes, 139; Mloultonborough, 140; Plymouth, 144; Bow, 180; Kearsarge, 192; Hanover, 209; White Mountains, 211; Hopkinson, 255; Fall Mountain, 270; Derryfield, 312; and Keene, 318.
For the girls, Kennett topped 15 other schools with 41 points, followed by Concord, 60; Fall Mountain, 102; Kingwood, 115; Holderness, 124; Kearsarge, 127; White Mountains, 149; Hopkinson, 154; Inter-Lakes, 160; Bow and Lebanon, 172; Bishop Guertin and Moultonborough, 187; Hanover, 200; Plymouth, 272; and Bedford, 288.
Calvin Bates of Dublin took individual honors for the boys with a time of 14 minutes, 40.3 seconds over the 5K course. He was joined on the podium by Kennett's Andrew Doherty, who was second in 14:45, and James Wilkes of Concord, who was third in 15:14.
There were 145 finishers in the varsity A race.
Other finishers for the Eagles were Darren Piotorw, fifth, 15:20; Aidan Hagerty, 14th, 16:13; Wilder Byrne, 32nd, 17;11; Kirk anger, 40th, 17:37; Gridley Lucy, 43rd, 17:41; Garrett Kearns, 49th, 17:51; Noah Geary, 55th, 18:06; Keith Badger, 57th, 18:19; Hunter Krebs, 88th, 19:54; and Andrew Donohoe, 99th, 20:17.
In the race for the girls, which had 141 finishers, Dublin's Lilly Bates won the race by 20 seconds in 17:20. She was joined on the podium by Ford Sayre teammates Greta Bolinger and Perrin Milliken, who were second and third, respectively, in 17:40 and 17:45.
Senior Zoe McKinney led the girls from Conway, finishing sixth overall in 18:07.
Other Eagles who finished were Nina Badger, 16th, 18:59; Eilidh McKinnon, 24th, 19:27; Helen Badger, 28th, 19:38; Ellory Kearns, 30th, 19:42; Riley Steward, 41st, 20:24; Hannah Thelemarck, 42nd, 20:26; Melissa Brown, 52nd, 21:08; Jordanna Belle-Isle, 54th, 21:15; and Kaitlyn Fay, 92nd, 22:54.
Kennett skiers were just as impressive in the B races. Both the boys and girls garnered team honors.
There were 70 girls in the B race, which was won by Kennett's Emily Cormier, winning by 63 seconds in 21:23.
Other KHS skiers were Amy Cotter, sixth, 23:38; Madelyn Marcotte and Chloe VanDyne, tied for eighth, 23:55; Madigan Avery, 12th, 24:16; Violet Webster, 27th, 26:11; Gillian Robert, 30th, 26:26; and Taylor Petell, 41st, 27:47.
Kennett took the top thee spots in the B race for the boys with Daniel Weeder winning in 18:53, followed by Caleb Esmay, second, 19:11; and Eric Bormann, third, 19:48.
Other Eagles in the 71-skier field were Adam Bourque, sixth, 20:14; Nick Heysler, 46th, 23:39; and Emmet Mayer, 67th, 31:53.
- Category: High School