Pinkerton girls reach goal, take 8th in New England

TIM JEAN/Staff photoJunior Meghan Cross led Pinkerton to eighth at the New England Meet Saturday.

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Pinkerton’s girls cross country team couldn’t defend its New England cross country title Saturday at Derryfield Park, but the Astros did reach their goal of being the top team from New Hampshire.

In a meet won impressively by Champlain Valley from Vermont, the Astros came in eighth out of 28 teams.

And underclassmen led the way.

Running under tough conditions of wind and mud, junior Meghan Cross was the top Astro finisher, coming in 52nd, while a pair of freshmen, Riley Sweeney and Mariesa Preble, were 60th and 66th.

It was a strong race by Sweeney and the first time all year she was the team’s No. 2 runner.

Senior Ciara April and sophomore Molly McGaffigan rounded out Pinkerton’s top five.

Sophomore Kate Wiser of Pomperaug, Conn., was the individual winner, in 18:04,1 with impressive Merrimack Valley freshman Sophia Reynolds taking second in 18:42.4.

Khalil shines in boys meet

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Sanborn sophomore Dylan Khalil continued his late-season running surge Saturday by finishing as the top local placer at the New England meet at Derryfield Park.

Khalil came in 37th under poor running conditions with an excellent time of 16:45.6 on the demanding 5K Derryfield Park course.

Connecticut runner Trey Cormier was first in 15:56.6 with freshman Gavin Sherry of Conard, Conn., one second back.

Rhode Island power La Salle Academy won the team championship with 49 points, comfortably ahead of runner-up Bishop Hendricken.

Pinkerton finished 16th led by junior Nolan Preble, who came in 88th in 17:16.6.

Individually, Londonderry sophomore Will Heenan was the top local placers, coming in 72nd overall with a fine time of 17:06.8.


New England Girls Meet

at Derryfield Park (3.1 miles)

Top 10 team scores (28 teams): Champlain Valley, Vt. 78, La Salle Academy 149, Immaculate 187, South Kingston 207, Danbury 208, Ridgefield, Conn. 273, Trumbull, Conn., 274, Pinkerton 274, Con-Val 283, Greenwich, Conn. 303

Winner and top local finishers: 1. Kate Wiser (Pomperaug) 18:04.1, 52. Meghan Cross (Pink) 20:14.8, 60. Riley Sweeney (Pink) 20:20.1, 66. Mariesa Preble (Pink) 20:22.9, 94. Avery Scully (Pink) 20:41.4, 141. Ciara April (Pink) 21:14.4, 151. Molly McGaffigan (Pink) 21:22.3

New England Boys Meet

New England Championship

at Derryfield Park (3.1 miles)

Top team scores (30 teams): La Salle (R.I.) Academy 49; Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) 80; Xavier (Conn.) 111; 16. Pinkerton 478

Winner and top local finishers: 1. Trey Cormier (Hall, CT) 15:56.6; 37. Dylan Khalil (Sanborn) 16:45.6; 72. Will Heenan (Londonderry) 17:06.8; 88. Nolan Preble (Pinkerton) 17:16.6; 130. Jeff Mize (Pinkerton) 17:37.1; 146. Joseph Gagnon (Pinkerton) 17:49.4; 153: Zachary Aham (Pinkerton) 17:54.0; 168. Nathan Steiger (Pinkerton) 18:04.3

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