Cross Country: Pinkerton boys settle for 4th at Manchester

Zach Plaza

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pinkerton’s boys showed a nice one-two underclass punch at the Manchester Invitational Saturday, but the Astros did not quite display their usual depth.

As a result, Pinkerton finished fourth in the large school race with 150 points, six points behind third-place Londonderry and significantly behind the winner, Coe-Brown (84).

Sophomore Luke Brennan led the Astros with a 16:38 on the rugged 5K course at Derryfield Park, and improving junior Stephen Connelly was 13th in 16:48. Senior Zach Plaza was 21st for Pinkerton, but then there was a dropoff. In the small school race, Sanborn’s Jared Khalil ran the second fastest time of the day, a 16:39 to take third and Windham’s Rohan Rohai ran a fine 16:44 for sixth.

Freshman girls shine

It was not a particularly strong day for the local girls varsity teams at the Manchester Invitational Saturday, but the youngsters ran well. In the 3K freshman race, Pinkerton finished third overall led by Faith Mamos in fifth (14:55) and Grace Jellow in seventh (15:03). Emily Smith of Londonderry came in 11th. 

In the large school race, Pinkerton senior Meghan Cross was the top local finisher, taking 30th in 21:09. The Astros were 14th overall in the 28-team field, one spot behind Londonderry.


Manchester Invitational (Boys)

at Derryfield Park (3.1 miles)

Large School top team scores (34 teams): Coe Brown 84, Bishop Hendricken 85, Londonderry 144, Pinkerton 150, 28. Salem 716

Winner and top area finishers: 1. Aidan Puffer (Manchester) 15:32; 11. Luke Brennan (Pink) 16:38; 13. Stephen Connelly (Pink) 16:48; 20. Ryan Young (Lon) 16:57; 21. Zach Plaza (Pink) 17:01; 22. Kerry Daley (Lon) 17:04; 31. Sean Clegg (Lon) 17:16; 34. Will Heenan (Lon) 17:24; 37. Matt Griffin (Lon); 42. Nolan Preble (Pink) 17:31; 63. Nathan Steiger (Pink) 17:49

Small School top local finishers: 6. Rohan Rohai (Windham) 16:44; 21. Trey Gonzalez (Windham) 17:38

Top locals in freshman race (Pinkerton 4th, Windham 6th): 5. Logan Carter (Wind) 12:12 (for 3K), 8. Ryan Fortin (Lon), 9. Jack Conrad (Wind) 12:40, 10. Theo Davis (Pink) 12:46, 16. Elias Brodeur (Pink) 12:52, 20. Bradyn Carey (Wind) 12:56, 33. Jack Alizio (Pink) 13:15

Manchester Invitational (girls)

at Derryfield Park (3.1 miles)

Top large school team scores (28 teams): Bishop Guertin 111, Champlain Valley 120, Keene 125, Bedford 185, Coe-Brown 198, 13. Londonderry 349, 14. Pinkerton 353, 18. Salem 436

Winner and top area finishers: 1. Caroline Fischer (BG) 18:35; 15. Grace McDonough (Lon) 20:40; 30. Meghan Cross (Pink) 21:09; 31. Caitlin Boufford (Lon) 21:10; 65. Riley Sweeney (Pink) 22:24; 76. Cailey McDonough (Lon) 22:56; 78. Molly McGaffigan (Pink) 22:59

Top local freshmen girls (Pinkerton third as team): 5. Faith Mamos (Pink) 14:55 (for 3K), 7. Grace Jellow (Pink) 15:03, 11. Emily Smith (Lon) 15:11, 23. Katiana Chylinski (Lon) 15:58, 26. Sophia Antinerella (Pink) 16:03

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