T-Wolves show the way in home meet
Coppola, Tuttle and Fife lead Prospect cross country kids
|MIKE FIFE climbs over the rocks during Prospect Mountain’s home cross country meet on Sept. 8. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)|
September 12, 2011ALTON — The Prospect Mountain cross country team hosted its lone meet of the season on Thursday, Sept. 8, and the Timber Wolf girls ran off with the win.
"We really won on the strength of our fourth and fifth runners," coach John Tuttle said. "That's where we really put a lot of places between us and the other teams."
It was the first time the Timber Wolf girls had ever won a home meet.
The star of the day for the Timber Wolves was Renee Coppola, who easily outdistanced the field to walk off with the victory in a time of 21:29.
Emelie Morton was second for the Timber Wolves, racing to a time of 26:05.
The next two racers were both competing in their first races and Tuttle was impressed with how they performed.
Natie Kendall ran to third for the Timber Wolves in a time of 27:42 and Signe Therrien was just one second behind in a time of 27:43.
Emerson Doiron rounded out the scoring for the Timber Wolves, as she raced to a time of 29:17 to finish fifth.
Charley Cote was next in 30:27, followed by Haley Mellon in 30:50, Celeste Banfill in 31:07, Allie Rogers in 31:49 and Amanda Zaino in 34:38.
"The girls are just so much fun," Tuttle said. "They are so relaxed in their workouts."
He noted that many of the girls run near the same speed, so they are able to train together and push each other as they go.
While the Timber Wolf boys finished third as a team behind a strong Campbell squad and Raymond, the hosts did take the top two spots overall.
Drew Tuttle and Mike Fife both finished in times of 18:07 to finish first and second, respectively. Tuttle did so despite battling an illness all week leading up to the race. The two were 1:30 ahead of the next finisher.
Shane McCartney finished third for the Timber Wolves in 21:49, followed by Dylan Tuttle in 23:29 and Dale Charest in 24:17. Colby Sykes was sixth in 25:22. All four runners achieved personal best times.
Rich Zaino rounded out the field in a time of 29:27.
Coach Tuttle noted that for team times, the boys missed out on the school record by just about three minutes, a good accomplishment for a young group that was missing a few runners with injuries.
"Overall, I thought the race went very well," Tuttle said. "Campbell was very strong."
Tuttle also noted that the boys' team is about as strong as a team as he's had in his time at Prospect Mountain.
"The boys have as good a group as when I had Isaac (Fithian), Adam (Cheney), Ben (McGinnis) and Greg (Tinkham)," Tuttle said. "And they've already made a pact as a group that they're going to get better together.
"The depth of the team is everything," the Timber Wolf coach continued, noting that a strong first runner can't win a meet on his or her own, a whole team of solid finishes is needed.
The meet started about a half-hour late because of some issues with Campbell's arrival time, but Tuttle noted that he had a great message from the Campbell athletic director thanking him for a great meet and agreeing to hold it off a bit to allow his team to compete.
"That was really nice to get that," Tuttle said.
Prospect will be on the road on Saturday for a trip north to Berlin, where they will run at Berlin's Homecoming at 1 p.m.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126