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Eagles soar to new bests at home meet

COACH BERNIE LIVINGSTON (back row, right) and his wife, Eileen (front row, left) honored seniors (front row, l to r), Dalton LíHeureux, Nick Jenis and Brian Fox and (back row, l to r), Quin Schreiber, Danielle Mason and Hannah Wright at the teamís home meet on Thursday, Oct. 7. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 11, 2010
CONWAY — On a day when the wind was blowing like crazy, it was only fitting that the Kennett course records were blown away as well.

Oyster River's Jack Collopy and Marina Slavin both set new course records at the Kennett Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 7, while the host Eagle boys and girls both raced to third place on the day. Additionally, coach Bernie Livingston noted that everybody on his team improved their times.

"Everybody on the team had either a personal best or a season best," Livingston said. "I don't think I've ever had anything like that before."

The boys toed the starting line first and Collopy pulled away from teammate Gubby Noronha to finish in 16:05, besting the course record set by former teammate Ricky Hoyt in 2008 by just one second.

Peter Haine was tops for the Kennett boys, as he ran to 12th place overall in a time of 17:33.

Teammate Dalton L'Heureux was second for Kennett, as he raced to a time of 18:01 for 19th place overall. Nick Jenis was just two spots back in 21st place in a time of 18:06.

Brian Fox raced to 23rd place in a time of 18:50, with Ryan Kenny coming home in 48th place in a time of 19:28 to round out the scoring for the Eagles.

Scott Winters provided a big boost to the Eagles, however, as a tiebreaker was needed to give the Eagles third place and his 49th place finish as the team's sixth runner in a time of 19:41 bested Berlin's sixth runner by just two spots.

Andrew Casella was 69th in 20:46, followed closely by Alex Brown in 70th place in 21:02. Ethan Chalmers placed 75th in 21:20 and Brian Behr was 78th in 21:34. Trenton L'Heureux was 91st in 22:23, with Matt Wales placing 93rd in 22:34. Tucker Furnbach was 94th in 22:36 and Kyle Wake finished 95th in 22:44. Joshua Hill crossed in 97th place in a time of 23:06,while Declan MacInnis was 102nd in 23:47 and Tim Allen was 105th in 24:53.

On the girls' side, Slavin obliterated the course record, finishing in 18:18, which was 24 seconds faster than Cory Dowe of Coe-Brown ran last year. Dowe finished second in 18:45.

Hannah Wright led the way for the Eagles in her final home meet, running to seventh place in a time of 20:33, setting a new personal best by a minute. Hannah Benson came home strong in 15th place in a time of 21:26.

Sarah Hernandez was third for Kennett in 26th place in a time of 22:34, just one spot ahead of Sianna Streeter, who crossed in 22:45.

Eliza Burke rounded out the scoring for the Eagles with her 40th place finish in a time of 23:28. Emmaline Ashe was 44th in 23:40, with Katie Taylor crossing in 46th place in 23:53 and Danielle Mason just behind her in 47th place with a time of 23:54.

Quin Schreiber was 51st in 24:26, with Caleigh Daigle running to 61st place in 24:51. Georgianna Miller was 64th in 25:26, two seconds and one spot ahead of Caleen McCarthy. Ke Cawley was 67th in 25:32, with Heidi Jenis one spot back in a time of 25:34. Grace Townsend finished 74th in 26:04, just ahead of Hannah Miller, who was 75th in 26:05. Lyric Montgomery ran to 86th place in 28:28, with Mallory Tinkham in 87th place in 29:27 and Alea Love in 88th place in 29:38.

"They looked strong," Livingston stated of his team. "They competed incredibly well because of the high level of competition.

"You can't really, as a coach, ask for anything more than that," he continued.

The veteran coach noted that the course was in pretty decent shape given the fact that the week had been fairly rainy. And while the wind was blowing wildly through the start-finish area and actually blew the Kingswood tent off into the bushes prior to the race, he said it didn't seem to have any sort of effect on the racers.

Livingston also offered his thanks to all the volunteers and parents who helped out at the finish line or the food table and to those who brought food for the competitors, which is always one of the most popular features of the Kennett race.

The Eagles will be back in action on Friday, Oct, 15, when they head to Plymouth for a 4 p.m. meet.

Littleton Chmber
Varney Smith
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