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Eagle boys win New Hampshire Series race

Hannah Benson wins girls' race

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

DONOVAN SPAULDING finished third among Eagles at Abenaki (pictured) and second at Gunstock last week. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
January 30, 2012
NORTH CONWAY — It was a busy, yet impressive week for the Kennett cross-country ski team.

After struggling to get meets in early in the season, the Eagles got in two meets last week, including an impressive showing at the New Hampshire Series race at Gunstock on Saturday.

Against all the teams from throughout the state, the Eagle boys came home first overall, edging out Bow by three points in the 5K classical race.

Leading the way for the Eagles was Torin Laliberte, who came home second overall in a time of 13:27.

Donovan Spaulding was second for the Eagles, as he raced to a time of 15:11, placing him 16th overall in the field.

Peter Haine was 23rd overall in a time of 15:33, just one spot and two seconds ahead of teammate PJ Benson, who raced to 24th place in 15:35 to round out the scoring for the Eagle boys.

Malcolm Badger provided a bit of insurance with a 29th place finish in a time of 15:46 and Liam Martin rounded out the Eagles in the field with his time of 16:03, which placed him 35th.

While the Eagle girls didn't have enough skiers to place as a team in the A race, Hannah Benson did capture the overall title, winning by almost two minutes over her closest competition. She crossed the line in a time of 14:12.

The only other Eagle girl in the A race was Katie Burton, as she finished in 119th place in a time of 27:23.

In the B race for the boys, Phillip Mathieu was 21st overall in 20:22, followed by Mike Knorpp in 24:10 for 54th place.

In the girls' B race, Lily Brennan came home 27th overall in a time of 24:57, while Mae Van Rossum was 30th in 25:34.

There were also some impressive finishes for the middle school kids in the race.

Bartlett's Nina Badger was fourth among girls in 21:20, while Kennett's Zoe McKinney was sixth in 22:17. Bartlett's Esmae Doucette was 22nd in 25:54 and Kennett's Cathy Sandstrom was 49th in 32:50.

For the middle school boys, Bartlett's Jackson Ross-Parent was third in 18:26, with Kyle Alber of Kennett in fourth place in 18:29. Bartlett's Darren Piotrow was seventh in 18:43 and Andrew Doherty of Kennett finished 10th in 19:33. Bartlett's Marco Ross-Parent was 18th in 20:52, followed by teammates Wilder Byrne (19th, 21:05), Ian Lubkin (20th, 21:33), Frank Thompson (22nd, 21:57) and Kyler Phillips (23rd, 22:01).

Kennett's Todd Desmarais was 25th in 22:17 and teammate Jon Martin placed 29th in 22:43. Teammate Gridley Lucy was 35th in 24:35, with Andrew Belle-Isle in 37th in 25:02 and Dennis Morgan in 38th in 25:27.

Bartlett's Peter Mayer was 42nd in 26:28 and Kennett's Peter Donohoe was 43rd in 26:39 and teammate Nathaniel Mathieu placed 45th in 26:49. Bartlett's Finn Van Rossum was 71st in 33:18.

Coach Steve Vosburgh's Eagles made the trip to Wolfeboro on Tuesday, Jan. 24, for a meet at Abenaki Ski Area and the boys again came out on top.

Laliberte outdistanced the field by a full minute, finishing in 10:03, while Haine finished in fourth place in a time of 11:34. Spaulding raced to fifth in 11:44 and PJ Benson rounded out the scoring with a time of 11:58 for sixth place.

Liam Martin (seventh, 12:00) and Malcolm Badger (10th, 12:28) also skied for the Eagles.

For the girls, Hannah Benson came out in front, winning by a little more than a minute in a time of 10:51.

Brennan finished in 22nd place in 17:51 and Mae Van Rossum was 24th in 18:37.

The Eagles are slated to race at home at Whitaker Woods at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7.

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

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