Bow sweeps four-team meet on home course, Brochu wins 3rd straight 

Monitor staff
Published: 9/10/2021 7:21:50 PM

Rain wiped out most of the area’s high school sporting events, but it didn’t stop local cross country teams from competing in a meet at Bow and the Falcons made the most of it on their home course.

Bow junior Maya Brochu won the girls’ race, clocking a 5K time of 20:25, while Bow senior Adem Aricanli won the boys’ race in 18:18, leading both Falcon teams to victories.

The Falcon boys placed four runners in the top five to post 18 points, easily besting Kearsarge (50), Merrimack Valley (65) and John Stark (not enough runners to score). The girls’ team standings were a little tighter, but Bow’s 30 points were enough to top John Stark (43), Kearsarge (59) and Merrimack Valley (87).

Brochu led the girls’ race from start to finish, collecting her third win of the young season by more than two minutes over the runner-up – Kearsarge’s Molly Ellison. Susanna Zahn (fourth, 23:18) and Delia Brochu (fifth, 23:54) were also near the front of the pack for Bow, which also showed its depth.

Freshman Lena Thompson placed eighth in 24:35, while Rose Anderson (12th, 26:01) and cross country newcomer Adee Cooper (15th, 26:24) ran well on a muddy course.

“The conditions weren’t the best, but you would never know by how the girls showed up today,” Bow girls’ coach Alli DeStefano said. “Lena is definitely a rising star to watch out for this season, along with Adee. I am continually impressed by the team’s determination, focus and heart. It is a moving experience to watch as a coach and I am so excited to see their continued growth this season.”

The Falcon boys also showed their depth with Aricanli, Lincoln Routhier (second, 18:30), Michael Pelletier (fourth, 18:37), Connor Bernard (fifth, 18:45) and Owen Miller (seventh, 19:18) all finishing within a minute of each other.

Brianna Langdon (third, 23:15), Izabel Korbet (seventh, 24:07), Grace Caplan (ninth, 24:55), Rachel Berube (11th, 25:58) and Katie Patterson (13th, 26:08) were the top five runners for the John Stark girls that managed to break up Bow’s leading runners, while Eli Lemire (sixth, 18:58), Seth Marquardt (10th, 21:13), Alex Keirstead (12th, 21:20) and Devin Patterson (23rd, 23:20) ran well for the Stark boys.

Kearsarge was led by Gavin Garzia (third, 18:35), Matthew Berns (eighth, 19:39) and Soeren Baughman (ninth, 20:15) on the boys’ side, while Ellison (second, 22:39), Amelia Lefebvre (sixth, 24:04) and Katelyn Harvey (14th, 26:10) were the top three for the Cougar girls.

Merrimack Valley’s best finish came from Samantha Kimball (10th, 25:13) in the girls’ race, along with Madison Geddes (16th, 26:26) and Jessica Thompson-Weeks (18th, 27:24). Oliver Forsha (13th, 21:35), Ryan Ciarametaro (15th, 21:57), Trevor Latorella (17th, 22:25) and Mychal Reynolds (18th, 22:30) all finished in a group to pace the MV boys.

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