By James Niedzinski email@example.com
---- — LONDONDERRY — Fifth-graders made strides last week when 152 students competed in a cross-country race at Londonderry High School.
Boys and girls from Matthew Thornton School, North School and South School competed in the 28th annual race.
The 1-mile race was supposed to be held earlier in October, but was postponed due to rain.
For the boys, Will Kemball-Cook of Matthew Thornton finished first, with a time of 6:06.
Just seconds behind were the second- and third-place runners, Luke Marshall at 6:11 and Jeffery Wiedenfeld at 6:20, both of North School.
The girls race was even closer.
Olivia Stowell of North School finished first, running a 6:39 mile.
Nipping at her heels was second-place winner Kacey Lockhart at 6:51 and third-place finisher Abbie Ellis at 6:52, both from North School.
Lea Baum of Matthew Thornton also finished with a time of 6:52, but Abbie Ellis finished just inches before her.
North School proved to have the fastest students this year, with 23 points for the boys team and a near perfect 18 points for the girls team.
The South School girls came in second with 54 points, and Matthew Thornton finished with 64 points.
The boys of Matthew Thornton finished second, scoring 51 points, and South School came in at a close third with 57 points.