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Eagles shine through the rain

Kennett cross country hosts its lone home meet of the year

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

COACH BERNIE LIVINGSTON poses with seniors (l to r), Hannah Benson, Marissa Anderson, Ke Cawley, Caleigh Daigle, Lyric Montgomery, Katie Taylor and Grace Townsend and (front) Torin LaLiberte after the Kennett Invitational on Thursday. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 08, 2012
CONWAY — Mother Nature didn't exactly provide her best day, but the wet conditions didn't stop the Kennett Invitational from going off like clockwork on Thursday, Oct. 4.

The Kennett boys finished third overall and the Kennett girls took home fifth on the afternoon, with Hanover winning on the girls' side and Oyster River on the boys' side.

Coach Bernie Livingston had no complaints.

"I thought it went pretty well," he said. "It was a great day, we really did well."

The wet conditions did a lot to slow down the race and there were no course records set, as there had been the last few years.

For the Eagle boys, Nick Brown continued his strong freshman campaign with an 11th place finish overall in 17:36, while senior Torin LaLiberte was the second scorer, crossing in 18th place in 17:57.

Ryan Kenny had a strong race, running to 18th place in 18:02 and Malcolm Badger was the fourth Eagle scorer, clocking in with a time of 18:29.

Tyrus Parker was the final scorer for Kennett, as he finished 34th overall in 18:41, just ahead of Andrew Casella, who placed 36th in 18:47.

Kip Beveridge was 42nd in 19:21 and Liam Martin ran to 49th in 19:43. Thomas Welch was 51st in 18:45, with Ian Lupkin in 54th in 19:50. Ben Zimmer placed 56th in 19:56 and Jimmy Curran was 58th in 20:00. Alex Brown place 66th in 20:32 and Brycen Hill ran to 71st in 20:47. Kyle O'Keefe took 75th in 31:03 and Tucker Furnbach was 76th in 21:04. Matt Wales ran to 84th in 21:38 and Jon Brady was 88th in 22:23. Thomas Chant finished 98th in 23:21, Tim Allen was 99th in 23:22 and Liam Devine was 100th in 23:29 to round out the flock of Eagles.

Senior Hannah Benson led the Eagle girls again, as she placed 13th overall in a time of 21:12.

Freshman Tehya Gashott was the second Eagle runner, clocking in with a time of 22:03 for 20th place overall. Lisa Carper was 31st in 22:44 for third among Kennett runners.

Cassie Doucet was the fifth Eagle in a time of 22:47 for 33rd place and Gigi Miller rounded out the scoring with her 35th place finish in 22:48.

Gillian Wilcox ran to 38th place in 22:55, with Izzy Forde in 41st in 23:14. Kate Taylor paced 53rd in 24:03 and Caleigh Daigle ran to 62nd in 24:52. Ke Cawley was 66th in 24:57, Julianna Livingston was 69th in 25:09, Heidi Jenis finished 76th in 26:23, Hannah Miller was 77th in 26:25, Grace Townsend placed 80th in 26:55 and Dakota Esmay was 87th in 29:11.

"I think the course was a little slow for everybody," Livingston said. "But 95 percent of our kids had their best time ever or their season best.

"It was an outstanding individual and team performance," the Eagle coach said.

Livingston also offered his thanks to all the volunteers that helped to get the meet off and running.

"I couldn't do it without the volunteers," he said. "I do the little I can, but people set up everything and run the timing and everything."

And as always, the athletes were treated to plenty of treats after the race, as parents and team members chipped in tons of goods for the occasion.

"I can go and coach and know that everything's taken care of," Livingston said, praising the work the volunteers did throughout the day.

The Eagles will be in action on Friday, Oct. 12, for the Plymouth Invitational, followed by the Kingswood Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 18, with both races at 4 p.m.

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

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