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Kearsarge sophomore wins D-III individual title; Coe-Brown, Hopkinton finish 2nd

  • Hopkinton athletes receive their runner-up team award following the Division III cross country championships at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown's Eleanor McDonough competes in the Division II girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Athletes compete in the Division II girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown's Addison Cox competes in the Division II girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Athletes compete in the Division II girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Kearsarge's Marliese Baer (left to right), Mya Dube and Jenna Bears pose for a photo near the finish line at the conclusion of the Division III girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Kearsarge’s Mya Dube is congratulated after she receives her first-place medal following the Division III cross country championships at Derryfield Park on Saturday. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

  • Athletes compete in the Division I girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Molly Bragg competes in the Division I girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Morgane Orcutt competes in the Division I girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Athletes compete in the Division I girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Concord's Hannah Willette competes in the Division I girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown's Abigail O'Connor competes in the Division II girls' cross country championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Sunday, October 29, 2017

MANCHESTER – When Mya Dube crossed the finish line first at Saturday’s D-III cross country championship, she looked composed, like a seasoned veteran who had done this several times before. But this race marked a significant improvement for the Kearsarge sophomore and capped a fall that saw Dube emerge as one of the state’s top runners.

“I’m pretty stoked,” Dube said. “This is the best time I’ve run.”

Dube covered the 5K course at Derryfield Park in a personal-record time of 19:59.3 and led Kearsarge to third place as a team.

Campbell (74 points) repeated as the D-III champions, topping Hopkinton (92) and Kearsarge (125). Mascenic (145) and Monadnock (146) rounded out the top five teams that qualified for next weekend’s Meet of Champions at Mines Falls in Nashua.

Dube started out in the lead pack and made a move up the hill right after the first mile, but it wasn’t until halfway through the race she was able to pull away from her competitors.

“I wanted to get out fast and then settle in and at the top of the hill get into a better position,” Dube said. “They hung on for a really long time.”

“(Dube) has had a great season,” said Kearsarge Coach Ernie Brake, who coaches the team with Peter Angus. “She went out cautiously at the start and then she settled in and looked relaxed.”

The Cougars also had a strong race from sophomore Jenna Bears (seventh, 20:29), who like Dube, has also had a breakout season.

“I’d be surprised if I looked back at the beginning of the season, but after the last couple of weeks its no surprise (she did so well),” Brake said. “She’s really moved up aggressively. Right down the whole roster, everybody has improved every week. In the end, it got us third place and for us that’s solid.”

Sophomore Marliese Baer (23rd, 21:43), senior Hayden Keene (49th, 23:33) and freshman Cassandra Gilbert (59th, 23:59) also scored for the Cougars.

Hopkinton finished second with a lineup comprised entirely of freshmen and sophomores. Sophomores Emma Rothe (eighth, 20:45) and Sydney Stockwell (10th, 20:46) led the Hawks while freshmen Addison Locke (25th, 22:00), Lilia Klinger (29th, 22:21) and Cate Westbrook (30th, 22:28) rounded out Hopkinton’s scorers.

“They had a plan going into the race,” Hopkinton Head Coach Rob Rothe said. “They knew Campbell was going to be tough, but they knew they were up there and were going to challenge them. They’ve got a lot of future promise. I’m proud of all of them for working so hard this year.”

Bow narrowly missed MOC qualifying, finishing sixth with 156 points, just 10 points behind Monadnock.

The Falcons were led by junior Sarah Ciotti (ninth) who ran a personal-record time of 20:45.

Other are MOC qualifiers were Maya Weil-Cooley of Inter-Lakes (fourth, 20:12), defending champion Alice Riley of Belmont (11th, 20:46) and teammate Alexus Day (20th, 21:31), Bishop Brady’s Anna Grafton (15th, 21:15), Laconia’s Delia Cormier (16th, 21:21) and Winnisquam’s Faith Gosselin (17th, 21:21). The top 20 individuals in D-III qualify.

Division II

Entering Saturday’s race Coe-Brown knew that Souhegan would be the team to beat. After all, Souhegan was the defending champions and the team that ended the Bears’ six-year winning streak.

Coe-Brown freshmen Addison Cox finished fourth in 19:09, but Souhegan narrowly defeated the Bears to defend its title, 62-72. Oyster River was a close third with 80 points.

“We knew we had a shot at Souhegan,” said Coe-Brown Coach Tim Cox, who coaches the squad with Brent Tkaczyk. “The girls executed their race plan beautifully. Souhegan raced like champions and just held us off at the end. We knew Oyster River would be close and they were. It was a three-team battle and the girls responded. We won some battles, lost some battles, but it was good experience for the whole crew.”

Sophomore Abby O’Connor (11th, 19:47), senior Elly McDonough (13th, 20:05), freshman Ella Malone (26th, 20:56) and senior Sarah Dupuis (27th, 21:01) also ran well for the Bears.

Manchester West’s Julia Robitaille won in 17:52.5, beating Souhegan’s Jane Leighton (second) by nearly a minute.

ConVal (127), Milford (144) and Hanover (170) rounded out the six teams that advanced to MOC. The top 25 individuals also qualified.

Division I

The goal for the Concord girls’ team was to qualify for the Meet of Champions. The Tide qualified last year by finishing eighth and Concord matched that finish on Saturday, but due to a change in policy, only the top seven teams qualified from D-I.

The Tide scored 183 points, just 11 shy of seventh-place Alvirne.

Freshman Morgane Orcutt (13th, 19:59) and senior captain Molly Bragg (29th, 20:52) qualified for MOC by finishing in the top 30.

“I think today went pretty well, but I feel like I could’ve done better,” Bragg said. “I fell at the bottom of the hill (about halfway through the race). I was a little down about that, but I got up and just kept going. We were really hoping to go to MOC, but I think we all really worked hard this season and had a good season individually and team-wise.”

Exeter’s Jackie Gaughan won in 17:41.6, beating runner-up Caroline Fischer of Bishop Guertin (18:56) by over a minute.

Pinkerton (49) won its third straight title. Bishop Guertin (55) was second.