To the editor:

A loud shout-out to the Kennett Cross Country ladies who had a DYNAMITE home meet on Saturday, proving that teamwork is truly a big piece of this sport, which is often thought of as individualistic.

The girls took first place over rival Oyster River and secured a top 10 ranking in the state for the second week in a row by working together to place four runners in the top 10.

Those runners were McKayla Dockham, Amy Burton, Grace Castonguay and Grace Perley. At the start of the race, Kennett front-runners, who included fifth Eagle Sierra Abrams, worked together in a pack. Nearing the finish, in a strong and determined move, Perley edged out Oyster River runner Sophie Sullivan in the last 100 yards, securing the win for Kennett.

Both senior Castonguay and sophomore Perley achieved personal records (overall, not just seasonal) in the race, which additionally contributed to the win. Dockham, Burton and Abrams gave it their all on their home turf. This teamwork resulted in their top 10 ranking and makes attendance at the Meet of Champions in a few weeks within the Eagle ladies’ reach.

These ladies should be very proud of their hard work and unity, and I wish them much success in the weeks to come as they travel to Plymouth and D2 championships.

I also wanted to give my appreciation  to coaches Bernie and Eileen Livingston who put on a warm welcoming home meet and kindly recognized seniors. The team is unified, determined and works well together with their positive leadership.

Lastly, kudos to senior Chris Desmaris on the boys team, who is having an outstanding season, and whom, I believe, also achieved a personal best at his last home meet Saturday.

Lynne Castonguay


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