Mascenic's Fafard wins DIII state cross-country title

Tim Fafard waited for just the right time to make his move. As the pack began to separate at Saturday’s DIII state cross-country championships, Fafard hung back in third place and watched as his top competitors, Hopkinton’s Dom Repucci and Inter-Lakes’ Cam Daly jockeyed for first place. As the three runners approached the second hill on the Derryfield course, Fafard saw his chance – and he pounced on it.

“I got up to the front and I let them take the lead,” Fafard said. “They had been fighting for position, but I still had quite a bit of energy left. When we got to the steepest part of the hill, I just passed them.”

Fafard used his superior endurance and consistency to settle into a running groove he was comfortable with and keep his pace steady for the remainder of the race. He ran the rest of the course with the assumption that Daly and Repucci were still hot on his heels, but when he took a peek back with about half a mile to go, he saw they had fallen significantly behind, and when he turned his sights back to the finish line, there was nothing standing between him and a first place finish.

He finished with a time of 16:04, 21 seconds faster than second-place finisher Daly’s 16:25. It was his best time of the season.

“During the season, I never really felt that good, because of all the training,” Fafard said. “States was the first race where I really felt good. All that training paid off.”

Fafard’s time was actually faster than every racer in every division at the meet, save DII winner Jeremy Bressard of Coe-Brown, who finished with a time of 15:51. Fafard will face off against Bressard and the rest of the top finishers from all three divisions next Saturday at the Meet of Champions.

“(Bressard)’s a better miler, I’m a better two-miler,” Fafard said. “So we’re going to try to stretch him out in the first two miles so we can wear him out and gain the lead by the end.”

Fafard will be joined at the Meet of Champions by teammate Avery Traffie, who finished ninth on Saturday with a time of 17:24. Also scoring for the Viking boys was Jackson Whitehouse (30th), Jake Movessian (31st), Logan Traffie (95th), Tristan Zazo (96th) and James Thompson (105th). Mascenic placed 4th as a team, behind Prospect Mountain, Bow and Monadnock.

Head coach Mike Smith was happy with his team’s top-five finish.

“I’m pretty relieved we were able to accomplish what I had hoped was possible from day one,” Smith said.

On the girls side, Victoria Bostwick finished at 54 with a time of 24:51 and Briana Boulerice finished at 131.

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