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Bobcats, Bears finish out cross country season

Newfound's Andrea Shinn earns Meet of Champions berth

Colleen Healy (left) and Sarah Uhlman run together near the start of Saturday’s Division II State Meet at Derryfield Park in Manchester. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 31, 2011
MANCHESTER — The Plymouth and Newfound cross country teams joined the rest of the state's squads in descending on Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday for the annual state championships.

Plymouth was up first, as the Division II races were on the docket before the Division III teams squared off.

First up for the day was the girls' race and the Lady Bobcats came home 20th overall. Coe-Brown bested Hanover for the overall title.

For Plymouth, junior Sarah Uhlman led the way, as she ran to 80th place in a time of 22:46. Teammate Colleen Healy was close behind, finishing in 83rd place in a time of 22:49.

Junior Maggie Gaiero was the third runner for the Bobcats, as she finished 116th overall in a time of 23:59. Freshman Jordan Legacy was fourth in a time of 24:25, which placed her 123rd overall and Kat Bishop rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats with her time of 25:32, which placed her 135th overall.

Hannah Ingram (144th, 26:35) and Stephanie Gaiero (145th, 26:45) closed out their Plymouth cross country careers as the final two Bobcats in the race.

The boys were up next and Plymouth was again without senior star Mike Maclean, who missed the last portion of the season with an injury. Plymouth salvaged a 17th place finish overall on the day, while Oyster River bested Souhegan for the Division II boys' title.

Sophomore Colin Nelson-Peck continued his strong season for the Bobcats, as he led the way with a time of 18:46, which placed him 91st overall in a very strong field.

Senior Nathaniel Smyth was next for Plymouth, scoring in 98th place with a time of 18:59, just two spots ahead of fellow senior Cody Gookins, who came home in 100th place in a time of 19:06.

Fellow senior Matt Sanborn was Plymouth's fourth scorer, crossing the line in a time of 19:17 for 105th place and Ryan Milton rounded out the scoring for the Bobcats with his time of 20:31, which placed him 138th overall.

Sophomores Jot Sandhu (144th, 20:44) and Timothy Bolan (146th, 20:50) rounded out the field of Bobcats for coach Dave Robinson.

The Division III races followed, with the Newfound girls running to a strong eighth place finish overall, just three spots out of claiming a Meet of Champions berth.

Sophomore Andrea Shinn, however, did earn a Meet of Champions berth for herself. She ran to an 18th place finish in a time of 22:17 to earn a chance to move on to the next level at Saturday's Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School. Hopkinton bested Derryfield for the Division III title.

Yurmi Yoo was second for the Bears, as she ran to a 48th place finish in a time of 24:04, while senior Vee Santry rounded out her career with a 57th place finish in a time of 24:47.

Senior Rebecca Robinson was the fourth runner for the Bears, as she clocked in with a time of 26:36 for 88th place.

Junior Lisa Kern finished as the fifth scorer, placing 114th in a time of 28:34, just one spot and two seconds ahead of freshman Sophia Rosa. Marie Speth rounded out the field of Bears with a 132nd place finish in 30:21 to finish off her career.

The Newfound boys ran to 21st overall as a team, with Bow taking the title over Hopkinton by a wide margin.

Chris Cox was Newfound's first runner, as he placed 51st overall in a time of 19:18.

Parker Bergholm came home second for Newfound, finishing in a time of 20:13 for 77th place, while Nick Apt ran to 112th place in a time of 20:58 to place as the third Bear.

Evan Collins finished fourth for the Bears in a time of 21:58, which placed him 133rd overall. Josh Adjutant rounded out the scoring for Newfound with his 180th place finish in 29:46, placing him just one spot and two seconds ahead of teammate Ryan Salvo-Rich.

The Meet of Champions begins on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 p.m. for the girls and 3:20 p.m. for the boys at Nashua South High School.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

Martin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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