CAM STINCHFIELD (left) and Wyatt Pooler run early in Saturday's Paul Letarte Invitational at Great Glen.
Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 11, 2017PINKHAM NOTCH — The Kingswood cross country boys and girls both ran to fourth place at the Paul Letarte Invitational, held at Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch on Saturday.
The course was altered from previous years due to construction near the former start and finish line. This actually led to the course being longer than the normal 5K distance.
In the boys' race, the Knights were just one point behind third place Trinity, with Pinkerton and Nashua North taking the top two spots.
Wyatt Pooler led the way for the Knights, finishing in a time of 19:32 for sixth place overall.
Cam Stinchfield was second for Kingswood with an eighth place finish in 19:41 and Jim Huckman ran to 25th place in 20:46 to place as the third Knight.
Oleg Sheahan was fourth for the Knights and 37th overall in a time of 22:00, with Brent Coope rounding out the scoring in a time of 22:05 for 39th place.
Adam Richardson was 43rd in 22:23 and Alex Gehl finished in 51st place in 23:12 to round out the field of Knights in the varsity race.
In the JV race, Joseph Wasson was tops for Kingswood in a time of 22:47, which placed him seventh overall. Jack Zarse was ninth in 22:55 and Josh Haines finished 13th in 23:26. Devin Holt was 19th in 24:11, Patrick Murphy finished 35th in 26:20, Robbie Bourdeau was 47th in 27:27, Camden Patten was 48th in 27:28 and Cannon Newbury finished 61st in 29:05.
"The boys did a great job," said coach Mick Arsenault. "They keep getting better times every race."
He noted this time of year is for improving.
"September is all about putting in hard work to be ready for October," the first-year head coach noted. "The team's running well together and the kids are having a great time.
"Those fast times will come," he added.
The Knight girls finished behind Nashua South, Kennett and Plymouth and ahead of Lebanon.
Leading the way for the Knight girls was Sarah Huckman, who finished in a time of 25:23 for 14th place overall.
Rosemary Carpenter was second for Kingswood in 22nd place overall in 26:46, with Sarah Carpenter in a time of 27:48 for 27th place.
Caitlin Carpenter finished in 28th place in 27:48 and Grace Trites rounded out the scoring for the Knight girls with a time of 28:13 for 29th place overall.
Sarah Bellefleur rounded out the Kingswood field in the varsity race with a 33rd place finish in 28:34.
In the JV race, Carolyn Day was tops for the Knights with a 12th place finish in 29:55, while Lily Stinchfield was second for Kingswood in 30:34 for 16th place. Elizabeth Morrison ran to 21st place in 31:02 and Molly Newbury was 47th in 36:31.
Coach Kara Jacobs was pleased to see her top five girls all in the top 30.
"In practice they've been running together as a group," Jacobs said, noting that after Huckman, the other five in the varsity race were pretty close at the second mile.
"They've been running a lot of miles and pushing each other," Jacobs continued. "And they were happy with how they ran.
"The focus was consistent effort and to use the downhills," Jacobs added, noting the girls seemed to do that.
The Knights will be at Oyster River on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.