Cross-country: Conant sweeps on grueling new home course

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant cross-country team hosted Hillsboro-Deering and Fall Mountain at their new home course at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/18/2019 12:27:54 PM

Conant’s new home cross-country course at Cathedral of the Pines is grueling — and the Orioles, with the state meet on their minds, like it that way.

“It was designed with elements of Derryfield in mind,” said Conant head coach Bill Edson after Tuesday’s inaugural home race on their new course. “You’ve got all sorts of different terrain and it comes at you fast because it’s so short.”

Runners take three loops through the wooded trails behind the cathedral grounds, around the hilltop buildings, onto the pavement and up a brutal, grassy hill before a short final loop and another hill climb to the finish.

Junior Eva Shirey, who has plenty of experience running at Derryfield Park at state meets past, said her new home course is a comparable training ground.

“You can definitely compare them, with the pavement, the hills and the grassy terrain,” Shirey said.

School lunches from some of southern New Hampshire’s finest cafeterias were deposited on the final hill as runners from Conant, Fall Mountain and Hillsboro-Deering pushed themselves well past their limits on the new course.

“We spent the end of summer and first couple weeks building a base,” Edson said. “Now we’ve got to toughen up, learn how deep we can go. Whether it’s this course or another school or whatever, you've got to be tough. If you don’t go above what you think you can do, you’re not going to finish on top.”

The Orioles finished on top on Tuesday, sweeping the home meet despite losing several runners to injury.

Freshman Kylie Aho won the girls’ race in 24:25, up from her usual time thanks to the nature of the course.

The first-year Oriole has been Conant’s top finisher this season.

“I’ve surprised myself,” Aho said, “and the coaches have surprised me with what I can do. The whole team is building me up – everybody tells me when I’m working my hardest because they can see it. It’s something I can’t see. I feel like I’ve gone to my limit, but everybody’s like ‘one more step.’”

Shirey was second, 25 second behind Aho; Lainey Holombo took fifth in 26:36; Bailey Despres was eighth in 27:42 and Laurel Bennett placed 10th in 30:47. Conant won the girls’ team competition with 26 points, edging out Fall Mountain (29).

As a team, the Conant boys did even better, taking the top five spots as orange jerseys swarmed over the final hill to victory.

Junior Matt Bernier was first overall in 19:37; Ethan Weinhold (second, 19:47), John Mormando (third, 20:12), Trevor Pierce (fourth, 20:29) and Daniel McIntyre (fifth, 21:30) rounded out the Orioles’ top five.

Edson said his boys have bought into the culture he’s tried to institute at Conant, and just as important, they’ve put in the work.

“Now that they’ve put the work in and they’ve seen the results, it’s just making them that much stronger,” Edson said.

Also finishing for the Conant boys:

■Daniel Bryant (ninth, 23:37)

■Karel Wolterbeek (10th, 23:46)

■Nate Simmons (14th, 25:46)

■Zach Arruda (15th, 26:48)

■Eamon Dowd (16th, 27:52)

■Jon Hartnett (17th, 28:02)

With several meet wins under their belts in the young season, Conant cross-country is making its way onto the radar statewide — where Aho and company feel like they belong.

“We’re just going to run until we can’t run anymore,” Aho said, “ work our hardest, and if that makes other people watch out for us, that’s what it’s all about.”


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