THE PROSPECT MOUNTAIN cross country boys pose with their state championship trophy. Back row (l to r), Cody Symonds, Dylan Tuttle, Shane McCartney and Wyatt Siegler. Front row (l to r), Drew Tuttle, Mike Fife and Mark Jannini. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 28, 2013MANCHESTER — Last year, the Prospect Mountain cross country boys just missed qualifying for the Meet of Champions.
This year, they left no doubt as to their inclusion. And they took home a little hardware as well.
The Timber Wolves used solid team running to beat out Hopkinton by 10 points for the Division III championship on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Derryfield Park in Manchester.
"A year ago, they set a goal to win the state meet title," coach John Tuttle said. "They made a commitment to get better a year ago and they did.
"The boys deserved it," the Timber Wolf coach continued. "They trained hard and they deserve all the credit."
Senior Drew Tuttle led the way for the Prospect boys, as he came home in fifth place overall in a time of 16:54, a new school record on the Derryfield course.
Fellow senior Mike Fife came home right behind his teammate, finishing in seventh place overall in a time of 17:03.
Junior Cody Symonds was the third scorer for the Prospect boys, winning his second state championship in the last few weeks, crossing in 13th place in a time of 17:29.
Dylan Tuttle ran a minute and a half faster than he did on the same course a year ago, finishing in 21st place overall in a time of 17:56.
Wyatt Siegler scored as the fifth scorer for the Timber Wolves, as he ran to 65th overall in a time of 19:24.
Senior Shane McCartney was right behind, providing valuable insurance with a 66th place finish in a time of 19:25. Mark Jannini rounded out the field of Prospect runners, as he came home in a time of 20:30 for 109th overall.
"We were a little nervous waiting for the results," Tuttle said. "That shows you why it's a team sport."
The Timber Wolf boys, in addition to their state championship plaque, also earned the right to compete at the Meet of Champions, marking the first time in school history that a team has earned the invitation to compete.
The Timber Wolves showed all season long that they would likely be a force to be reckoned with, as they didn't lose to a Division III team all season long.
While the Timber Wolf boys may have stolen the spotlight on the day with the Division III title, the Prospect girls didn't have a bad day for themselves, either.
The Timber Wolf girls finished in seventh place overall.
As they have been most of the season, the Timber Wolf girls were led by junior Alley Rogers, who ran to a 15th place finish overall in a time of 21:45. In doing so, she earned herself an individual bid to compete in the Meet of Champions on Saturday.
Annika Patterson was second for the Timber Wolf girls, coming home in 57th place in a time of 25:08, just ahead of teammate Danielle Morin, who crossed in 25:11 for 58th place overall.
Shelby Therrien, in her first Division III State Meet, finished in 65th place overall in a time of 25:21 and sister Signe Therrien rounded out the scoring for Prospect with a 71st place finish in a time of 25:32.
Jenica Locke ran to 105th overall in a time of 27:22 and Lexi Normandin rounded out the field of Prospect girls with her 125th place finish in a time of 28:33.
"All the girls ran a great race," Tuttle said. "They ran very, very well."
The Meet of Champions will take place at Nashua South High School on Saturday, Nov. 2, with the girls racing at 2:30 p.m. and the boys following at 3:20 p.m. The top teams and individuals from each division will be competing for statewide bragging rights.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.