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Mascenic ahead of the pack

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic cross-country team hosted Conant and Derryfield on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Before Friday’s homecoming race, Mascenic cross-country runner Michael Fappiano-Putre turned to his team and said “I’m taking this one out.” And while his blistering pace may have faded partway through (he’d finish fourth), his spirit was indicative of the eager Viking running crew, who swept the boys’ and girls’ races.

Girls’ race

“One thing I like about this sport is that you're friends, not rivals,” said Mascenic senior Sam Bilodeau. “Conant's our rival, but in this sport, we push each other.”

Bilodeau and her teammate Maddie Labrie have spent plenty of time at the front of the pack with Conant’s Isabella Mormando over the years, and that’s right where you could find them Friday. Mormando led the way early, but it was Bilodeau who emerged from the woods first on the final lap, finishing in 20:45, a good minute ahead, with Labrie in third.

“I always run better when I have someone to follow, so I think [Mormando’s early lead] helped,” Bilodeau said.

Mascenic dominated the top ten, with Shelby Babin (5th, 23.52), Sam Hughson (6th, 24.45), Quinn Aldrich (8th, 25.16) and Kylee Bane (9th, 26.03) in the mix. Conant’s Bailey Despres was 11th in 26.29.

Boys’ race

Mascenic’s Dakota Somero had a quick quip when asked what was working for him in his dominant homeoming race win: “My legs,” Somero said. “That, and a lot of training.”

The sophomore put in extraordinary effort in the offseason and it showed, as he took first in 17.11, with freshman Josh Movsessian right behind him. In fact, the Vikings would take the top six spots, which bodes well for a team that’s always in the hunt for a state team title.

DJ Turner (3rd), Fappiano-Putre (4th), Landen Vaillancourt (5th) and Logan Thibault (6th) all finished under 18 minutes.

Conant’s Matt Bernier and Ben Pyhala finished 9th and 10th at 19.13 and 19.14.