High schools: Concord XC boys run to victory in Cofrin Classic

Monitor staff
Friday, September 08, 2017

The Concord High boys’ cross country team has lofty goals, but the Tide demonstrated it has the talent to match in dominating its first race of the season.

Concord placed 10 runners in the top 11 and had seven runners run the 5K course at NHTI in under 17 minutes to decisively win the Cofrin Classic on Thursday afternoon.

“We’re extremely pleased with the meet,” Concord boys’ Coach Tristan Black-Ingersolll said. “When we think about our goals about working towards being a team that’s competitive with the best teams in New England, having seven runners under 17 minutes is a good indicator that we can have those kinds of results at the end of the season.”

The Tide (19 points) nearly pulled off a perfect score against defending D-II champions Coe-Brown (44), Hanover (88), Bedford (127), Manchester Memorial (127) and White Mountains (190).

Concord junior Forest Mackenzie broke the tape at 16:16, five seconds ahead of Coe-Brown senior Evan Tanguay – the one runner who disrupted Concord’s perfect mark.

Junior Eli Boesh-Dining (16:36), seniors Colin Conery (16:40), Nate Nichols (16:41), Ollie Spencer (16:50), Alex Duncan (16:54), sophomore David Cook (16:56), senior Matt O’Brien (17:05), freshman Brayden Kearns (17:06) and sophomore Ryan Devine (17:33) claimed third through 11th places.

“A bunch of people who I thought would run well ran really well, but they can run much faster,” Black-Ingersoll said. “I would not say at this point that this represents what our top seven will look like at the end of the season.”

Black-Ingersoll also added, “this is just the first step. Our top five average today (16:37) would’ve been our second best average last season. It’s very exciting to see moving forward.”

Although they are the defending champions, Coe-Brown features a mostly-rookie lineup this season.

The Bears had strong performances from sophomore Dawson Dubois (12th, 17:35), freshmen Luke Tkaczyk (13th, 17:37) and Wyatt Mackey (16th, 17:42), and junior Gavyn Lewis (15th, 17:38).

On the girls’ side, the Bears established themselves as one of the strongest teams in D-II, sweeping the top three places en route to the team title.

Coe-Brown (31) topped formidable D-II Hanover (54) and strong D-I teams, Bedford (66) and Concord (79). D-III White Mountains (133) rounded out the team scores.

Freshman Addison Cox won the race in 19:12, followed by teammates senior Elly McDonough (19:41) and sophomore Abby O’Connor (19:44).

Freshman Ella Malone (sixth, 20:13) and senior Sarah Dupuis (19th, 21:50) were Coe-Brown’s other scorers.

Concord was also led by a freshman, Morgane Orcutt, who finished eighth in 20:46. Senior Molly Bragg (10th, 20:51), freshman Hannah Willett (14th, 21:33) and juniors Heather Deacon (23rd, 22:19) and Sarah Zarakotas (24th, 22:21) rounded out Concord’s scoring.


Merrimack Valley 1, Souhegan 0, OT

Key players: MV – Adam Bodien (goalkeeper), Zach Laroche (defense), Cam Woodman (assist), Pedro Godio (goal), Dylan Campbell (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride spoiled a few of its chances in the first half but made sure to take care of business in overtime. Woodman beat out two defenders and slid the ball across the middle to Godio for the game-winner.

Coach’s quote: “We controlled a majority of the game but struggled to possess the ball in the second like we wanted to.” – Merrimack Valley’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 2-3; Souhegan 3-2

Hillsboro-Deering 2, Mascenic 2, 2OT

Key players: H-D – Jacinto Caceres (2 goals), Thomas Ferugson (15 saves), Cam Jones (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats picked up two goals off the foot of Caceres in the first half before Mascenic tied it before halftime. The two sides would then play 60 minutes of scoreless soccer for the draw.

Coach’s quote: “We had some opportunities but (the guys) were ragged by then. They played hard and they played really well.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: H-D 2-1-1; Mascenic 2-1-1


Coe-Brown 4, Kennett 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Corinne Fernald (goal), Jaden Boulanger (goal), Morgan Burnap (goal), Meghan Wimsatt (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Emily van Gerena and Makenzie Daly combined for their third shutout in goal for the Bears, who returned from a weeklong absence to grab the victory.

Coach’s quote: “It has a been a week since our last game so it was nice to get back at it and play a much improved Kennett team.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 3-1; Kennett 1-2

Souhegan 3, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Brooke Walton, Sarah Davis, Kyle Marquis, Miah Boucher

Highlights/key moments: Despite controlling when on the attack and winning many of the 50-50 balls, Souhegan scored in the game’s opening minutes and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve struggled to match intensity and sustained effort as a team lately. It’s something that needs to change if we’re going to find success.” – MV’s Jeff Richard

Records: MV 3-2; Souhegan 5-0

Gilford 3, Somersworth 0

Key players: Gilford – Sophie Leggett (goal), Lauren Dean (goal), Josey Curley (goal), Hannah Perkins (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles netted two goals in the first half, adding a third in the second half on a nice cross from the outside. Perkins and defense were strong again in preserving the shutout.

Coach’s quote: “It wasn’t our best effort but we made adjustments at halftime and had a better overall second half.” – Gilford’s Tom Raymond

Records: Gilford 2-2; Somersworth 0-5

Hopkinton 3, Derryfield 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Grace Clark (3 goals), Lillie Presti (assist), Taylor Signor (assist), Amelia Bassett (12 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks found themselves trailing 2-0 just 10 minutes into the contest, but responded nicely. Clark netted a hat trick, tying the game in the first half and putting Hopkinton on top for good in the 59th minute.

Coach’s quote: “Derryfield continued to make advances to the Hopkinton defense but Bassett made far too many clutch saves keeping the Hawks from going into overtime.” – Hopkinton’s Lauri Izzi

Records: Hopkinton 3-1; Derryfield 1-4


Gilford 1, Mascoma Valley 0

Key players: Gilford – Kellie Ryan (goal), Laurel Gignrich (assist), Julie Auld, Kolbi Plante, Taryn Fountain

Highlights/key moments: Ryan scored the Golden Eagles’ lone goal of the afternoon in the first 10 minutes of the game. Gilford’s defense handled the rest as Plante and Fountain played major factors in slowing down the Mascoma offense.

Coach’s quote: “We played flat-footed and never adjusted to Mascoma’s style of play. We have to start adjusting to other teams mentally and not spectating.” – Gilford’s Dave Rogacki

Records: Gilford 3-0; Mascoma 1-2


Windham 202, Kennett 213, Hollis-Brookline 230, Bishop Brady 240

Key players: Brady – Nick Grimbilas (44), Maryanne Wiley (44), Sarah Vermette (49)

Highlights/key moments: Despite solid scores from Grimbilas and Wiley, the Green Giants settled for fourth place at the four-school meet.

Records: Brady 1-6

Prospect Mountain 186, Sanborn 189,
Monadnock 212, Belmont 217

Key players: Belmont – Wyatt Paquin (52), Will Robarge (52)

Highlights/key moments: Playing on their home course, the Raiders put together some good shots but didn’t get the end result they were looking for.

Coach’s quote: “Moving forward we need to eliminate blow-up holes. Hats off to Prospect Mountain and Coach Long. They played awesome today and deserved the wins.” – Belmont’s Kevin Charleston

Records: Belmont 0-3

Hopkinton 182, Sunapee 206, Newport 224, Hillsboro-Deering 239

Key players: Hopkinton – Trent Gagnon (42), Larsen Burack (43), Kiernan Bryne (48), Andrew Faireney (49)

Highlights/key moments: Gagnon missed being the match medalist by one stroke as the Hawks pulled off the win in the four-team match at Newport Golf Course.

Coach’s quote: “With four of our golfers in the 40s at Newport Country Club, you have to feel pretty good.” – Hopkinton’s David Chase

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; H-D 0-3

Souhegan 208, Portsmouth 208,
John Stark 227, Coe-Brown 229

Key players: Stark – Ryan Rothdiener (39), Tyler Hazzard (46), Joel Hawkes (47), Joe Simeone (47), Kyle Hagman (48)

Highlights/key moments: Rothdiener’s 39 was his best of the season to date as the Generals settled for third place despite some solid scores across the board.

Coach’s quote: “Really good match by all teams. Solid golf from our players and now getting into the routine of playing competitively.” – Stark’s Matthew Caputo

Records: Stark 2-6; Coe-Brown 0-9

Lebanon, Bow, Campbell, Laconia

Key players: Bow – Jason Howe (42), Jake Mielcarz (45)

Highlights/key moments: Howe earned medalist honors with his score of 42 but the Falcons snapped their 126-match winning streak as Lebanon topped the four-team event.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good start to the season, especially with the new players for us. I felt that we left a lot of shots out there and am hoping we can improve our play moving forward.” – Bow’s Matt Davis

Records: Bow 2-1; Laconia 0-3