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Total domination

Prospect cross country boys and girls roll to wins at home

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

ALI ROGERS races near the start of Thursday’s home meet. She went on to win the race and lead the Timber Wolves to the victory. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 10, 2012
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain cross country boys went out and dominated their home meet on Thursday, Sept. 6, putting five runners in the top six.

Seemingly, the Timber Wolf girls took this as a challenge, as they went out and also put five runners in the top six and did one better, placing six runners in the top seven, as the boys and girls both took victories on their home course over Campbell and Raymond.

For the Timber Wolf boys, it was the first time the team was victorious on its home course.

Junior Drew Tuttle also set a course record, as he raced to the win in a time of 16:51. Teammate Mike Fife came in with a second place finish, crossing in 17:37.

Cody Symonds was fourth overall and third for the Timber Wolves, finishing in 18:23 and Shane McCartney ran to fifth overall with his time of 18:34.

Sophomore Dylan Tuttle was the final piece to the scoring puzzle for the Timber Wolves, as he raced to sixth place overall in a time of 19:33.

The Timber Wolf boys were a deep field, with seven other boys clocking times as well.

Austin Perrin was 13th in 20:38, shaving almost four minutes off his personal best. Mark Jannini raced to 15th place in 21:04, followed by Gabe Varney in 18th place in 21:10 and Wyatt Siegler in 22nd place in 23:05. Dale Charest was 23rd overall in 23:32, Landon Gagne was 24th in 24:53 and Richard Zaino finished 27th in 29:57.

On the girls' side, Ali Rogers was the overall winner, as she raced to a time of 23:35, besting teammate Signe Therrien, who came home with a second place finish in a time of 24:14.

Annika Patterson, Natie Kendall and Lexi Normandin all crossed in the same time of 25:54, giving them spots four through six overall and rounding out the scoring for the Timber Wolf girls.

Prospect also had three other girls finish, with Emerson Doiron rounding out the six runners in the top seven with her seventh place finish in 26:24, followed by Celeste Banfill in 12th place in 28:57 and Haley Mellon in 13th place in 29:13.

Coach John Tuttle was more than pleased with what his squad accomplished, noting that having the full girls' team made a big difference after many were missing for the season's first race.

"The girls had the full team and that helps," Tuttle said. "And the home course helps a lot for the boys and the girls."

The Timber Wolf coach noted that the team continues to work toward its goals each and every day.

"They know what is expected of them," Tuttle said.

The Timber Wolves will be in action on Saturday at Berlin for a meet hosted by the Mountaineers. It is the lone action of the week for the Prospect squad.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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