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Spartan runners attack challenging course at Great Glen

by Tara Giles
Sports reporter - Coos County Democrat and Berlin Reporter

The White Mountains Regional High School boys' cross country team huddles for a pep talk before racing at Great Glen on Sept. 9. Tara Giles. (click for larger version)
September 11, 2017
PINKHAM NOTCH — Racing two times in less than 48 hours posed as a bit of a challenge for the Spartan harriers, who tackled a hillier (and longer) than average course at Great Glen on Sept. 9. Despite dead legs the racers from White Mountains banked some solid performances and emerged from the race stronger than they were.

In the girls' race, Leah Dutkewych was first in for the Spartans, placing fifth in a time of 23:33. Next in for the girls' team was Payton Giles, who placed 13th in a time of 25:14. Freshman Lena Dodier was the next to cross, placing 41st in a time of 29:12. Senior Annie Kopp battled her tired legs, placing 56th with a time of 33:42. The fifth scorer for the Spartans was newcomer Vitoria Sheptor, who placed 58th in a time of 36:17. Amy Gauthier rounded out the team, placing 60th in a time of 36:37.

In the boys' race, senior Sam Call was the first in for the Spartans, placing 13th in a time of 20:21. Next in for the boys' team was Jon Austin, who finished 62nd in a time of 24:25. Soccer player Hunter MacLeod placed 70th in a time of 24:45 for his first race of the season. Then like a pack the rest of the boys' team cruised into the finish one after another with Kaiden Cunnington leading the charge. Cunnington placed 72nd in a time of 24:50, Miles Wharton was 73rd in a time of 26:00, Josh Womble was 74th in a time of 26:20 and Andy Smith was 75th in a time of 26:22.

The White Mountains coaching staff noted it was quite impressive to see these runners race as well as they did for being as tired as they were. They learned how to use adrenaline and used the race as a hard training day. Athletes pulling double duty such as Giles, Call and MacLeod were praised for raising the bar when it comes to Spartan athletics and their hard work has not gone unnoticed.

The Spartans will race with fresh legs this Saturday in Laconia.

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