This Saturday, Alvirne High School will host the 12th edition of the “Battle of the Border” with 18 schools (9 from Mass., 9 from N.H.) scheduled to compete and close to 700 runners expected.
On the boys side, the Granite State will have its hands full with Mass #1 ranked Lowell High School (2014 Mass. State XC Champs) as well as #4 Mansfield (#9 2014 Mass. State Championships) leading the Massachusetts boys teams. Lowell’s Chris Polanco (Jr.), Anthony Rodriguez (Jr.) and Chris Gendron (16:19) provide a powerful 1-2 -3 punch few teams anywhere can match.
New Hampshire will have host Alvirne (#NH 6) and Nashua South (#NH 8) stepping up to battle the Bay Staters. Expect Alvirne’s Kendall Westhoff (16:10 Manch) and Noah Bellomo (16:31 Manch) to mix it up with the Mass. runners.
On the girls’ side look for NH’s 7th ranked Alvirne to battle it out for the girls’ team crown. Tyngsborough’s Jaylan Fraser-Mines, who posted a stellar 19:17 at the Manchester Invitational two weeks ago, looks to be the favorite for the girls’ individual title. Alvirne’s Katie Bellomo (19:53 Manch) and Jessica Fontaine (20:08 Manch Invite) should also be in the mix for the individual crowns as they compete on their home course.