Always make sure your “early morning” alarm is actually set for the AM, and not the PM! That was the lesson Coach Irving learned (again) early Saturday morning. On a good note for everyone else, no one else had to feel any guilt for being late - nice job being on time team! After an uneventful trip up through the notch and a brief hunt for the new starting location of the race, we arrived for yet another beautiful day at the Great Glen trails at Mt. Washington. With five races on tap for the day, good weather is always a great bonus!
Diandra, MacNeill, and Ashley got things going in the girls JV race. Highlighting the race was Diandra’s strong run, although upon crossing the line the time sparked some confusion. How could she looks so good and run so...apparently slow? Soon enough our suspicions were shown to be well-founded as the course was GPS measured by two coaches and found to be 3.48 miles long, or almost 3 minutes longer than a 5k, depending on your pace. Great Glen had become Greater Glen! After converting the times, it turns out Diandra had run a season PR by 2 minutes, good for 6th on the day for MV. Another highlight was MacNeill’s aggressive finish - head to head with a girl from Plymouth. Despite the fact that the Plymouth girl finished apparently ahead of her, MacNeill’s name was written first on the results sheet. Nice kick! The beauty of cross country made itself apparent at that moment, as the two girls fought tooth and elbow to be the first across the finish line, but they had no sooner crossed than they both laughed and embraced. Instant best friends - just add 3.48 miles of hilly racing!
Ethan, Lucas, Andrew, and Mitchell represented MV in the boys JV race. In one of the surprises of the day, Ethan battled to 10th place and a t-shirt award. Not only that, Ethan ran the 4th fastest time of day for MV. A second highlight was Lucas running a converted 29:28, his second fastest time ever! That’s a great start to the year for both!
Next up was the girls varsity, with Emma, Noelle, Lauren, Tristan, Kaitlyn, and Madisyn representing the team. Emma continued leading the team with a very strong race, earning a top ten finish and a t-shirt in the process. Maybe she was inspired by the presence of the Grandparents York? I suppose they’ll need to keep coming - some girls have lucky socks, Emma has lucky grandparents! Although as we all know, luck has nothing to do with success in distance running, right team (I sure hope you all ran on Sunday!)? Despite stopping to admire the beauty of Mt. Washington at one point in the race, Noelle also turned in her best time of the year so far, with Lauren not too far behind. Madisyn continued discovering that her limits are still to be reached as she ran a PR (converted) and finished as MV’s 4th girl. Overall, the girls placed 6th (we think, as the race directors “only scored the teams that looked like they had a chance”. Thanks for the inspiration!).
The boys varsity was the 4th of 5 races on the day. Matt X 2 and David wasted no time getting to the front of the pack, throwing it down with racers from all three divisions, including perennial NH favorites Pinkerton (although not this year). By the second mile David was free and clear of everyone except a runner from Nashua North (who was 18th at MOC’s last year, by the way), although he was clearly just biding his time. Sure enough, David pulled away in the last ¾ mile to win by over 20 seconds and establish the course record for Greater Glen. Not to be outdone in the strong finishing category, Matt R. outkicked a Kingswood runner to snag 7th and the fourth “Top Ten” t-shirt for MV. Despite running out of some of his fuel over the last mile, Matt L. ran a huge PR (again, converted) to finish just outside of the top 20. Connor and Mason rounded out the scoring for MV, while David Q. provided spectators with superb entertainment with his roaring finish.
Closing out the races was the Open Race, featuring defending champ Coach Sandu, Coach Irving, Kaitlyn’s dad, and Noelle’s mom (good turnout!). Coach Sandu easily defended his title but did NOT win a shirt. Is that even fair? Coach Irving successfully reeled in the runner ahead of him, yet apparently forgot about the last ½ mile and couldn’t finish the job, finishing in 6th. The parent’s ran great as well, although details are unfortunately not available at this time.
A final highlight was provided by the boys chorus, a new addition to the team. They serenaded the patrons at Friendly’s as well as the bus driver. Despite initial rejection from the girls team (“they actually think they’re good!”), the talented musicians eventually won over the girls and even agreed to the request of “Sweet Caroline”. This ended poorly for the girls, however, as their screeching of the chorus resulted in a swift braking of the bus and a stern reprimand from the driver (although not the usual “don’t make me turn this bus around” or “do you need to get out and walk?” that normally results from a swift-braking driver).
I’m being told I have other chores to do today...conversions and results will be added soon!
CONVERSIONS - 3.48 miles to 5k
D. Reynolds - 16:28 E. York - 21:41
M. Reynolds - 17:25 N. Colarusso - 23:40
M. Lyle - 18:14 L. Rouse - 24:20
E. Dodenhoff - 20:38 M. Garrity - 25:48
C. Butt - 20:39 T. Beyer - 26:15
Ma. Graham - 20:58 D. Perron - 27:08
D. Quinn - 21:38 K. Covell - 27:59
J. Barrington - 22:47 M. Matthews - 30:51
A. Owens - 25:14 A. Lacourse - 44:26
L. Hartshorn - 29:28
Mi. Graham - 30:05