Inter-Lakes junior Cam Daly glides through the course at Manchester's Derryfield Park on Saturday en route to the NHIAA Division III state championship. Daly captured the top spot by a whopping 27 seconds, crossing the line in 16 minutes, 11 seconds. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 27, 2014MANCHESTER – Just one year removed from a runner-up finish, Cam Daly wouldn't be denied on Saturday.
The Inter-Lakes High School junior made no doubt about it this time, as he crushed the field by 27 seconds to capture his first NHIAA Division III state championship on the 5K course at Manchester's Derryfield Park.
Daly's time of 16 minutes, 11 seconds put him nearly 30 seconds clear of runner-up Dom Repucci of Hopkinton (16:38). His win also helped propel the Lakers to an impressive third place team finish, as I-L posted a total of 86 points. Mascenic claimed the state title with 76 points, winning a tiebreaker with runner-up Derryfield, which also finished with 76 points.
Daly's win is the first individual cross country title for the I-L boys' team since Larry Cote claimed the Class M championship in 1968. Tora Olafsen also won the Class M-S title in 2000 on the girls' side.
I-L had plenty of strong performances behind Daly, as the Lakers put their top five runners inside the top 27. Senior Trevor Colby was his usual solid self, cracking the top 10 with an eighth place finish in 17:20. The trio of senior Johnny Cox, junior Ambrose Bean and freshman Ian Daly were the keys to the third-place showing behind the 1-2 punch however, as Cox was 24th (18:07), Bean was 26th (18:13) and Daly took 27th (18:19).
Also running for the Lakers on the day was senior Peter Baker (77th, 20:08) and junior Liam Donohoe (112th, 21:31).
The young Moultonborough Academy boys' team wound up 18th overall on the day, as the Panthers compiled 480 points in Manchester.
Lone senior Quinlan Trexler powered the side, as he finished 75th overall with a time of 20:06. Behind Trexler were a pair of freshmen, as Jack Fogarty took 89th (20:40) and Alex Bassett nabbed 102nd (21:05). Seventh-grader Evan McKenna was 116th in his first state meet (21:45) while freshman Garrett McCarthy rounded out the young side in 123rd position (21:58).
The girls' race saw the two local teams finish neck and neck, as MA wound up just ahead of I-L after taking a very impressive sixth place in the D-III race. The Panthers' total of 198 points had them just in front of the seventh-place Lakers (209 points). White Mountains won the state title with 45 points while Monadnock (86) and Bow (141) were the top three schools.
The MA girls used a familiar formula of balance in their lineup to take sixth, a formula that led them to multiple team titles during the regular season. All seven Panthers finished within 2:08 of each other, and all seven placed inside the top 72.
Junior Emily Blundo led the way by taking 29th place with a time of 23:02, while freshman Rachel Smith (38th, 23:37) and junior Meghan Hurley (40th, 23:38) filled out the 2-3 spots in the lineup.
Sophomore Kelsey Mako was next in 55th position (24:34) while freshman Lauren Hurley rounded out the scorers in 63rd place (24:50). Senior Tess Erskine and freshman Ella Morse were right in that pack as well, as Erskine placed 66th overall (24:58) and Morse was 72nd overall (25:20).
The Lakers got an outstanding finish from junior Melissa Seeley to lead the way, as the team's top runner was 25th overall after traversing the course in 22:48.
Freshman Kaitlin Gable also ran well in her first state championship, as she was just 16 seconds behind Seeley in 30th position (23:04). Junior Alaina Duchin (42nd, 23:54) and senior Courtney Burrell (50th, 24:24) made it four runners in the top 50 for I-L, while junior Emilie Haight occupied the team's final scoring slot in 96th position (26:27).
Also running for the Lakers were senior Kalee Tinker (114th, 28:06) and freshman Emma O'Hearn (135th, 30:52).
The top five teams and top 23 individual runners from Division III advanced to this weekend's Meet of Champions, scheduled to be held at Nashua South High School on Saturday (2:30 p.m.).