NH Middle School State Championship Meet Hub – Please keep checking back for complete picture galleries (free!), race videos and interviews!
Complete Results – Courtesy of LancerTiming
By Jim MacKenzie
Division 1 Girls
Woodbury Middle School successfully defended their state title by placing three 7th grade runners in the top 4 places. Led by Gabriella Martiniello of Woodbury’s first place finish in 12:44, Cooperative Middle Schools Meadow Gregory (2nd 12:49) prevented Woodbury from sweeping the top three places as the girls from Salem settled for third and fourth with Lily Thomas (12:56) and Allyson Martinello (13:04) doing their part for the successful team effort. Mia Koning of Keene was fifth in 13:12 ahead of Hood’s Emily Hood (6th 13:15). Londonderry’s Kiara Edmunds was 7th in 13:15 for the Lancer hosts while Fairground’s Emeley Melendez placed 8th in 13:17, Hillside’s Devon Booth was 9th in 13:19 and Molly Nyhan of Rundlett secured a top ten finish running 13:23.
Woodbury scored 79 points locking up the victory. Hillside who won state titles in 2015 and 2016 had to settle for second place just like last year scoring 108 points. Rundlett was 3rd with 118 points, Londonderry placed 4th with 128 points, and Ross A. Lurgio of Bedford was 5th with 149 points.
Woodbury will return every member of their second State Division I championship team in 2019 led by the Martinello sisters, Thomas, Mary Olsen (18th 13:53), Sophia Rozumek (55th 14:37), and Marina D’Amico (56th 14:38). They will certainly be the favorites next October.
Division 1 Boys
Rundlett of Concord put the final exclamation point on the end of a great 2018 season. The Blue Dukes crushed the competition by placing all seven runners in the top 30 scorers ending Londonderry’s bid for five straight Division I Titles. Londonderry’s Sean Clegg did win the individual title by running 11:38 in his backyard to outdistance Rundlett’s Quinton Pincoske who came in at 11:50. Keene’s Fitsum Visser brought home 3rd clocking 11:52, Jesse Bordelon of Elm St. placed 4th in 11:58, Windham’s Logan Carter was 5th in 12:00, Woodbury’s Brock James placed 6th in 12:05, Rundlett’s William Chorlian was 7th in 12:09, Hudson’s Armand Prescott finished 8th in 12:15, Fairground’s D’Sean Coffie was 9th and Rory Olsen of Elm St finished 10th in 12:18.
Rundlett’s point total of 56 was a “full deck of cards” better than runner-up Keene’s score of 108 which narrowly beat McLaughlin 3rd with 110 points. Hillside finished 4th amassing 146 points ahead of Woodbury (149 points) and defending champion Londonderry (156 points). Rundlett’s winning team was Pincoske, Chorlian, Liam Gleason (13th 12:28), Read Merrill (18th 12:37), Griffin Norwalt (20th 12:40), Jacob Ryder *(12:40( and Wesley Thompson (12:53).
Girls Division 2
Hampton Academy 7th grader Kate Burrus looks to have a very bright future ahead of her. She was by far the fastest girl on the Londonderry course capturing her first Division I Championship in 12:22. Sophia Rebenciuc of Merrimack Valley place second in 12:42. A pair of Bobcat 6th graders from Oyster River also had a fine day of running. Haley Kavanagh 3rd 12:56 and Mackenzie Cook 4th 12:57 beat out Ginia Rufo 5th 13:03 of West Running Brook. Stephanie Svendsen (6th 13:03) and Masho Primmer (7th 13:08) got the scoring started for Amherst in defense of their title. Molly Ellison of Kearsarge placed 8th in 13:08, Oyster River’s Tessa Brown was 9th in 13:14 making it three in the top ten for the girls from Durham while Pennichuck’s Isabel DiVernieri placed 10th with a time of 13:16.
Oyster River almost pulled off the upset by having 4 girls in the top 15 scoring positions, but in the end Amherst got its three-peat State Championship by placing all 5 of their scorers in the top 19 places. Amherst tallied 61 points to Oyster River’s 71 points. Merrimack Valley was 3rd with 115 points, Hampton Academy placed 4th in 138 points and Bow Memorial wound up 5th with 151 points.
Amherst’s 2018 State Championship Division II team members were Svendsen, Primmer, Audrey Littlefield (14th 13:38), Anna Brammer-Depuy (18th 13:56), Ava Bawell (9th 14:02), Emma Jarnagain (32nd 14:24), and Ashereka Primmer (42nd 14:50).
Boys Division 2
Sanborn’s Jared Khalil capped off a fine scholastic middle school cross country season by winning the Division II State Championship posting the fastest time on the Londonderry course finishing in 10:54. Hollis Brookline’s Luke Laborde ran to a second place finish in 11:24 but more importantly led his team to their first ever NH Division II Boys State Championship. Karison Anderson was a close third place running 11:25 to finish in front of Portsmouth’s Avery Crowell (11:31). Oyster River’s Chris Jernigan was 5th in 11:53, Matthew Barnes of Kearsarge placed 6th in 12:03, Hollis Brookline’s Ryan Burgher was 7th (12:08), Sanborn’s Tyson Khalilfinished8th in 12:09, Hollis Brookline’s Emerson Wallace was 9th in 12:11 and Tyler Wallace of Merrimack grabbed the tenth spot in 12:12.
By placing five runners in the top 14 slots Hollis-Brookline 40 points easily defeated Amherst 40 to 85 while defending champion Oyster River was 3rd with 102 points. Sanborn Regional was 4th with 113 points and Bow Memorial placed 5th with 152 points.
Hollis-Brookline’s winning team is comprised of all 8th graders. The hardwork and effort paid big dividends when the chips were down. They were led by LaBorde, Burgher, Warren, Ayden Finnegan (12th 12:20), Charlie Hale 14th, Brian Putney (57th 13:54) and Gavin Knudsen (64th 14:07).
Division 3 Girls
A strong summer of running catapulted Strafford’s Mallory Taylor 1st 12:08 to put it all together in the fall to win the 2018 NH Division III Championship. She battled right to the end with her friendly rival Brianna Malone 2nd 12:11 of Barrington. Reagan Hoy 3rd 12:34 of Surry Village used a late surge to pull away from the battling Shaylee Murdough 4th 12:39 of Hopkinton and Deerfield’s Bella Lemay 5th 12:39. Newfound’s Zoe North 6th 12:45, Marlborough’s Abbie Switzer 7th 12:47, Strafford’s Sheldyn Fisher 8th 12:48, Christina Juris of Presentation of Mary was 9th 12:50 and hometown Mary Joy of Northwood got the 10th place medal running 12:51.
Deerfield fulfilled their quest to win back to back championship by scoring 91 points. Presentation of Mary was the runner-up scoring 131 points edging out Hopkinton (137 points). Strafford was 4th with 144 points and Auburn took 5th place honors with 183 points.
Deerfield graduates all of its winning team except 7th grader Lemay. The championship members include Sophie Hopkins (11th 12:52), Christina Mallette *22nd 13:38), Ava Woodman (28th 13:46), Rowan Carr (29th 13:48), Tristen Crotty (37th 13:57), and Rose Layton (79th 14:59).
Division 2 Boys
Northwood’s Aidan Cox became the first boy to win three straight individual NH State Championships. His time of 10:00 was a new course record on the Coe-Brown course. Plymouth’s Nathaniel Gervez placed 2nd overall and looks to be the heir apparent to the Division III title. His time of 10:37 is the second best ever by a 6th grader on this course.
Patrick Gandini of Gilford was third in 10:40, Eben Misavage 4th 11:05, Northwood’s Caleb Adams 5th 11:23, Portsmouth Christian’s Luke O’Halloran 6th 11:27, Northwood’s Tyler Tkaczyk 7th 11:28, Strafford’s Jamie Lano 8th 11:31, Nashua Catholic’s Bobby Canaway 9th 11:37 and Payton Noble rounded out the top ten in a time of 11:44.
Even with placing three runners in the top seven Northwood just came up short for their quest of a second state title. Deerfield defended their 2017 Championship despite not having a singlerunner in the top ten. Deerfield’s depth overcame the upfront disparity to score 99 points to Northwood’s 109 points. Presentation of Mary was definitely in the hunt placing 3rd with 118 points. South Meadow (4th 186 points) looks to be the early favorite for the 2019 title. Boynton was 5th with 212 points.
Deerfield’s winning team members were Boden Rand )11th 11:52), Sam Hopkins (15th 12:01), Trent Kinsvater (19th 12:14), Jacob Comrie (21st 12:18), Max Scharr (33rd 12:35), Shaun Fifield (38th 12:42) and Max Lemay (52nd 12:55).
Since 2011 Deerfield has amassed nine Small School and Division III Championships tying Hampstead for the most. Londonderry leads all divisions with 30 titles!!!