Bow’s Susanna Zahn, Coe-Brown’s Aidan Cox win prestigious Manchester Invitational XC races

  • Bow’s Susanna Zahn races to a victory in the Girls' Small School Race at the 47th Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park on Saturday. Zahn’s time of 18:15 was the fastest time posted out of all female runners across all divisions. BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

  • Bow’s Susanna Zahn races to a victory in the Girls' Small School Race at the 47th Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park on Saturday. Zahn’s time of 18:15 was the fastest time posted out of all female runners across all divisions. BEN CONANT / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Monitor staff
Published: 9/24/2022 11:59:25 PM

The Manchester Invitational is among the most prestigious cross country races in New England. With over 70 teams competing, nearly 700 runners competed at Derryfield Park on Saturday and two local runners topped them all.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy’s Aidan Cox won the Boys’ Large School Race and Bow’s Susanna Zahn won the Girls’ Small School Race, both clocking the fastest times of all the divisions. 

Cox clocked a 15:20 on the 5K course, 37 seconds faster than the large school runner-up Troy Silvestri (Bishop Hendricken, R.I) and 38 seconds faster than the small school champion – Gilford’s Patrick Gandini.

Zahn topped the girls’ field in 18:16, while the large school champion – Caroline Cummings of La Salle Academy, R.I. – finished in 18:59 and small school runner-up  – Brianna Malone of Portsmouth Christian – clocked an 18:45.

The 47th Manchester Invitational featured teams from all over New England and the majority of NHIAA’s cross country teams, including several area programs.

Girls’ Small School

Area runners represented well in this division, with Zahn’s teammate Maya Brochu (ninth, 20:05), Coe-Brown’s Sheldyn Fisher (sixth, 19:37) and Hopkinton’s Hannah Bennett (10th, 20:16) all finishing in the top 10 out of nearly 200 runners.

U-32, Vt. (137 points), Oyster River (151) and Hopkinton (171) were the top three teams, while Harwood, Vt. (202), Hanover (213), Mascenic (220) and Bow (222) rounded out the top seven of 25 scoring teams.

Shaylee Murdough (19th, 20:53), Elizabeth Trafton (39th, 21:40), Reese Bove (45th, 22:04) and Clara Locke (69th, 22:49) also scored for Hopkinton.

Hannah Pawlowski (46th, 22:07), Julia Hou (79th, 23:14) and Delia Brochu (103, 23:5o) were Bow’s other scoring runners.

“This team is really starting to click and they are seeing their hard work starting to pay off,” Bow coach David Niemaszyk said. “I’m real excited to see what they can do the rest of the season.”

Coe-Brown (16th) and Merrimack Valley (21st) also competed, while John Stark did not have enough runners to score, but had a solid race from Izabel Korbet (105th, 23:52).

MV was led by Lily Moser (86th, 23:34).

Boys’ Small School

Souhegan (54), Oyster River (101) and Trinity (143) were the top three teams in this division, while the Capital Area’s top runners all came from non-scoring teams – Hopkinton’s Ben Daniels (seventh, 17:09) and Matt Clarner (12th, 17:31), John Stark’s Eli Lemire (14th, 17:34) and Pembroke’s Ben Dugas (32nd, 18:11).

Owen Miller (35th, 18:20) and Alden Betterley (43rd, 18:29) led Bow to 13th, while Mychal Reynolds (50th, 18:48) and Marshall Carey-Matthews (79th, 19:40) led Merrimack Valley to 15th out of 27 scoring teams.

Girls’ Large School

Concord was the only local team to compete amongst the largest girls’ teams, finishing 10th out of 22 scoring teams and fifth among NHIAA Division I programs.

Molly Nyhan (20th, 20:30), Gracie McHugh (60th, 22:07), Chloe Gudas (84th, 22:48), Ava Philbrook (85th, 22:48) and Phoebe Dater-Roberts (87th, 22:50) were the scoring runners for the Tide.

Champlain Valley, Vt. (78), Phillips Exeter (127) and Bedford (134) were the top three teams.

Boys’ Large School

Tyler Tkaczyk (11th, 16:28) and Jamie Lano (16th, 16:38) joined Cox in forming Coe-Browns top three, the strongest 1-2-3 punch of any team in the division, but it was only good enough to lift the Bears to fourth place against regional giants Bishop Hendricken (87), William Hall, Conn. (102) and Brookline, Mass. (114).

Nikhil Chavda (44th, 17:12) and Liam McLean (78th, 17:46) also scored for Coe-Brown, which finished with 140 points.

Concord finished 12th, the fourth-best NHIAA school out of the 34 total teams in the race.

Josiah Conley (24th, 16:45), Liam Gleason (73rd, 17:41), Tyler Watt (77th, 17:45), Wesley Thompson (98th, 18:05) and Shaun Fifield (138th, 18:48) were the Tide’s scoring   runners.




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