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Coe-Brown girls run to runner-up finish at New Englands

Two years ago, they were the sixth-best team in New England. Last year, only two teams were better. So this season, after running away with the Division II and State Meet of Champions titles, the Bears set their sights on the top tier of the New England podium.

Yesterday in Cumberland, Maine, the Coe-Brown girls did better their finish from a year before, but still fell one spot short of the ultimate prize, placing runner-up at the New England cross country championships.

The favorites from Barrington, R.I., placed all five of their scoring runners in the top 50, led by freshman Emma McMillan, who placed third overall, to take the title with 75 points. Coe-Brown was second with 132, followed by defending New England champion Champlain Valley, Vt., with 176.

Freshman Elisabeth Danis was the top runner for the Bears, placing 17th in 19:47.04. She was followed by Brooke Laskowsky (37th, 20:09.59), Hannah Parker (44th, 20:15.58), Katie Scannell (62nd, 20:40.68) and Meg Scannell (78th, 20:48.54) on the scoresheet. Also running for the Bears were Jessie Carney (98th, 21:05.37) and Katelyn Terry (135th, 21:29.55).

Concord’s Smita Boesch-Dining took 47th in 20:21.81, and Hopkinton’s Emily Calder placed 114th in 21:18.56. The race winner was Elle Purrier of Richford, Vt., in 18:42.44.

In the boys’ race, Coe-Brown’s Jeremy Brassard, the Division II and Meet of Champions individual winner, was again the top runner from New Hampshire, placing 19th in 16:52.77.

Bow’s Andrew Weckstein (36th, 17:07.03) and Concord’s B.J. Smith (48th, 17:18.25) also placed in the top 50, while Sant Bani’s Colby Clark took 135th (18:09.06).

Merrimack Valley was the lone area team, placing 21st with 496 points behind Colin Phillips (68th, 17:32.12), Vinny Tevnan (113th, 17:58.6), Brandon McCoo (144th, 18:13.45), Brendan Polichronopoulos (170th, 18:26.85), Keegan Hanks (222nd, 19:06.23), Mark Roy (237th, 19:17.03) and Damon Perron (256th, 19:53.73).

Bishop Hendricken from Rhode Island was the boys’ team champion with 85 points, while Henry Wynne from Staples, Conn., was the individual winner in 16:12.86.

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