Veverka, Hurley shipping up to Belfast

  • Clare Veverka leads teammate Rachel Hurley as the two ConVal cross-country runners head for top-25 finishes at the Meet of Champions on Saturday at Nashua’s Mines Falls Park. Photo by Ron Michalak

  • Mascenic’s Maddie Labrie and ConVal’s Marina McMahon race by at the Meet of Champions on Saturday. Photo by Ron Michalak

  • Photo by Ron Michalak—Ronald E. Michalak --...

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, November 06, 2017 5:45PM

Two ConVal girls will head to the New England Cross-Country Championships next weekend after placing in the top 25 at the Meet of Champions on Saturday. 

Junior Clare Veverka took 20th overall and sophomore Rachel Hurley was 23rd on Nashua South’s incredibly fast Mines Falls course on a day that saw many runners set personal bests. Exeter senior Jacqueline Gaughan broke her own course record as she won the race in 16:51 with Manchester West junior Julia Robitaille behind her in 17:05.

Veverka finished in 18:36 and Hurley in 18:40. Neither athlete had recorded a sub-19 finish to this point.

Also running for ConVal were Schuyler Michalak (72nd, 20:04); Sarah Newell (93rd, 20:43); Hailey Doherty (110th, 21:14); Marina McMahon (121st, 21:55) and Molly Janoch (142nd, 25:04).

The ConVal girls finished 8th as a team, with only the top six teams advancing to the New England meet. Souhegan won the team competition. 

For Mascenic, Sam Bilodeau finished 31st in 19:04 in the final cross-country race of her excellent Viking career. Bilodeau said last week that she hoped to PR at the Meet of Champions, and she was true to her word. The 19:04 was her best time ever and first time under 20 minutes since the 2015 Meet of Champions on the same speedy course.

Sophomore Sam Hughson found her way into the second spot for Mascenic, finishing 117th in 21:38. Also running for Mascenic were Maddie Labrie (122nd, 21:56); Quinn Aldrich (132nd, 22:27); Shelby Babin (133rd, 22:40) and Kylie Bane (145th, 25:17). Mascenic finished 18th as a team.

In the boys’ race, it was ConVal’s Evan Coyne who led all local runners, finishing 28th in 16:21. Coyne smashed his personal best time by 40 seconds but still wound up three spots short of a New England qualification.

Nashua North went 1-2 in the boys’ race, with David Vorbach first in 15:30 and Max Ireland second in 15:37.

Mascenic didn’t fare quite as well as they did last week. The top finisher for the Division III champions was once again Landen Vaillancourt, who was 49th in 16:38. Behind him were the rest of the Vikes: DJ Turner (62nd, 16:48); Logan Thibault (69th, 16:52); Michael Fappiano-Putre (82nd, 17:08); Robert MacLain (111th, 17:49); Josh Movsessian (116th, 17:55) and Jason Brundige (120th, 18:00). Mascenic was 12th as a team; Concord won the event.

Veverka and Hurley will represent ConVal at the New England meet at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine on Saturday. The girls’ race starts at 11:30 a.m.