SENIOR MOLLY GWIZDALA heads for the finish line of Saturdayís Division II State Meet. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2012MANCHESTER — Kingswood cross country coach Paul Harvey looked back on his team's performance at the Sept. 22 meet in Manchester in comparison to his team's showing in the Division II State Meet at Derryfield Park on Saturday and he was happy with what he saw.
"When you look back from the first race to the second race, the kids stepped up," Harvey said. "That's good to see."
As an example, freshman Hunter Miller and senior Austin Beveridge were both almost a minute faster on Saturday than they were the previous time they ran that course.
"That's a significant chunk," Harvey said. "I know everyone went out and worked their hardest."
For the boys, Miller was the overall top finisher for Kingswood, as he ran to a 62nd place finish in a time of 18:24.
Seth Richardson had a great final kick to finish as the second Knight runner, crossing in 71st place with a time of 18:46 and Dylan Tarbox took 76th place in a time of 18:51.
Senior Jake Saucier ran to a 94th place finish in 19:26, while Beveridge rounded out the scoring with a 101st place finish in a time of 19:36.
Nils Babcock added some insurance for the Knights with his finish in 102nd place in the same time as Saucier, 19:36. Sean Stackhouse rounded out the roster for the Knights with his time of 20:09 for 112th place.
"Overall I was happy with what everybody has done," Harvey said. "From the beginning of the season to where we are now, it's such a big difference.
"The effort they put in all season was phenomenal," the Knight coach added.
The Knights finished 14th as a team on the day.
On the girls' side, senior Hanne Heinrich closed out her Kingswood career with a solid run of 22:53 for 81st place overall to lead the Knights.
Fellow senior Molly Gwizdala was second for the Knights in a time of 23:00 for 86th place overall and junior Micaela Flagg was the third Kingswood scorer in 90th place in 23:05.
Sophomore Madison McKenna closed out her season with a great run, placing 92nd in 23:17 and freshman Bridget Kiley-Hubbard rounded out the scoring with a time of 23:31 for 101st place.
Adrianna Payton was 114th overall in a time of 25:18 and Melissa Manson finished 123rd in 26:07 to round out the Knight field.
The girls ran to 18th overall on the morning.
The girls' race was delayed at the start due to a medical emergency at the finish line and Harvey thinks that may have got to the girls a bit.
"They kind of cooled down and maybe they didn't warm up as much as they could've (after the delay)," Harvey said. "Some of them said that all the adrenaline went away by the time they started."
The Knight coach was pleased to note that most members of the team cut three to four minutes off their times from the beginning of the year and he is hopeful that heading into next year, the runners returning can continue to improve.
"If we can keep people going from where they ended this year to start next year, we will just keep getting better," Harvey said. "I'd like to see all that effort continue on to next year."
Harvey noted that the team will miss its seniors, but will welcome some young newcomers to the fold as well.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126