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Vikings’ Fafard second at Meet of Champions

IF Mascenic’s Tim Fafard was going to contend at the cross-country Meet of Champions he knew he had to have a plan. With last year’s champion, Coe-Brown’s Jeremy Brassard, between him and first-place, it would take flawless execution to pull it off. Brassard was the only runner in any division to finish with a faster time than Fafard at last week’s divisional finals.

“I knew if I wanted to beat Jeremy, I would need to create a gap.” said Fafard “I wanted to make him work and tire him out until the end.”

Fafard sprinted out in the beginning and created some space. He kept the gap for the first two miles but Brassard eventually caught up.

“I wasn’t that surprised when Brassard caught up to me,” Fafard said. “He is a beast.”

For the last mile of the course, Tim and Brassard stayed neck and neck. Neither of the boys wanted to give up first place. They both came to the last stretch and sprinted for the win. Both runners gave it all they had but Brassard finished just ahead of Fafard –by a mere four-tenths of a second.

“In this race, four-tenths of a second was the difference between first and second. I really wanted to win it, but he took it in the last foot of the race.” Fafard said. “He is a really good runner and I’m proud of myself that I could stay even with him.”

Mascenic cross-country coach Mike Smith was equally proud of Fafard’s performance.

“Tim showed he belongs and can run with anyone,” Smith said. “I’m extremely impressed with the way he raced and wasn’t afraid to take on the big dog and take him to the limit. Jeremy controlled the race last year and directed it to go the way he wanted. Tim did that this year, and while he came up a little short, you need to be able to make those choices if you’re going to be a big time runner. He’s big time now.”

Tim finished with a time of 15:50.4, a new personal record for the Mascenic runner. The rest of the Mascenic team also raced, with Avery Traffie finishing 66th, Jackson Whitehouse finishing 98th, Jake Movessian 100th, Logan Traffie 157th and Jimmy Thompson 158th.

Fafard will travel to Manchester next weekend for the New England Cross Country Championships.

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