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XC Eagles overcome elements in Belmont


by Jeff Lajoie
Sports Reporter

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Sophomore Kaitlyn Callahan motors through the course at Belmont High School during the Jeri Blair Invitational on Friday afternoon. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 12, 2015
BELMONT Cross country runners proved to once again be tough on Friday.

Despite rain-soaked conditions, the locals ran well at the annual Belmont 'Jeri Blair' Invitational at Belmont High School. The conditions weren't ideal, but the performances were top notch from Lakes Region harriers.

Leading the way was Inter-Lakes High School senior Cameron Daly, who continued his dominating season with another victory at BHS. Daly won the boys' race by five seconds over Hopkinton's Dom Repucci, crossing the line with a time of 16 minutes, 51 seconds.

Gilford High School senior Ryan LaFrance was the next local across the tape, crossing in fifth place with a time of 17:27. Golden Eagle teammates Mark Young (20th, 19:01), Leon Iser (40th, 20:02), Steven MacDonald (59th, 20:48) and Matthew McDonough (71st, 21:09) also figured into the scoring as Gilford took seventh place as a team with 189 points.

Behind Daly, the Lakers earned a third place showing with 126 points. Mascenic (85 points) and Kearsarge (104) were the top two sides in the boys' race. Sophomore Ian Daly nabbed a top 10 finish by placing eighth overall, as he posted a time of 18:08. Next came Ambrose Bean in 26th place (19:30), Liam Donohoe in 37th place (19:59) and Davis Jollimore in 57th (20:45).

Belmont was the next-best local team on its home turf, as the Raiders took home ninth place overall with 231 points. Sophomores Nick Randos (18:50) and Ian Remenar (19:00) went back-to-back, taking 18th and 19th place respectively. Also scoring in the home meet were Isaiah Knowlton (50th, 20:26) and Aidan Rupp (53rd, 20:34).

Moultonborough Academy wound up 14th as a team with 381 points, led by sophomore Jack Fogarty's 55th place performance (20:42). Freshman Seamus Gleeson was close behind in 58th place (20:46), while Alex Bassett (84th, 21:50), Evan McKenna (87th, 21:52) and Ryley Tinkham (137th, 24:20) were the team's other scorers.

Rounding out the local sides was Winnisquam Regional High School, which finished 15th overall with a total of 416 points. Freshman Kyle Mann was the first Bear across the line, as he crossed with a time of 20:10 to take 43rd place. Nathan Houghton was 48th for Winnisquam (20:21), followed by Alex Mango (114th, 22:57), Devon Senecal (139th, 24:22) and Nicholas Newell (140th, 24:28).

The local girls' teams were led by MA, as the Panthers continued their strong season by taking third place overall with a total of 120 points. Merrimack Valley (73) and John Stark (76) went 1-2 overall.

The Panthers had four runners finish in the top 30, led by senior Emily Blundo's 18th place performance with a time of 23:02. The trio of Rachel Smith (28th, 23:47), Kelsie Mako (29th, 23:51) and Meghan Hurley (30th, 23:51) finished in a row, while Ella Morse was the team's fifth scorer (52nd, 25:19).

Belmont freshman Alice Riley, who has won several races this season, took an impressive fourth overall on her home turf, as the Red Raider crossed with a strong time of 21:28. Teammate Michaela Chandler nabbed 104th place in 30:33.

Gilford had all three of its runners crack the top 32, with sophomore Madison Relf the top performer in 16th place (22:59). Classmates Kaitlyn Callahan (31st, 23:52) and Elizabeth Relf (32nd, 23:55) weren't far behind.

Winnisquam's Tea Michaloski (25:35) and Caitlin Dumont (25:59) led the Bears by taking 56th and 57th respectively, while other scorers included Sierra Black (107th, 31:14), Socorra Summers (108th, 31:29) and Sam Goodridge (118th, 33:54).

Willow Strother was the top finisher for Inter-Lakes, taking 68th overall on the day with a time of 27:11. Next came senior Kaylee Converse in 73rd position (27:27), followed by Emma O'Hearn (87th, 28:20), Juliette Bean (93rd, 28:46) and Gayle Busby (109th, 31:32).

Merrimack Valley's Kristie Schoffield won the girls' race with a time of 20:07, nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field.

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