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JRMS cross-country hosts quad meet


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 11:11AM

The Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams each garnered second place finishes in a four-way cross country meet, at home, last Wednesday. Great Brook School, Surry Village Charter School and Winchester Middle School also participated, with Surry taking top honors in both events. The weather was very cooperative, with sunny skies, a cool breeze and temps in the mid-70s!

Leading the JRMS boys charge (for the first time this year) was John Morrilly. John, a 6th grader, finished his last race wearing only one shoe, as the other had flown off as he began his sprint finish. For this race, John kept both his shoes on, and even led briefly, holding on strong to finish 5th overall. John’s time over the 1.7 mile course was 12:09.

Just behind John, in 7th place with a 12:34, was a consistent competitor, Ben Gaudet. Austen Richard put in another fine run, placing 8th in 13:08. Jonathan Hartnett cracked the top 10 for the first time with another spectacular sprint finish to 10thplace with a time of 14:16. And 5th on the JRMS team, Brandon Areias, was not far back in 11th/14:38. With four schools in this competition, it should be highlighted that the JRMS boys placed the 5 scoring-teammates in the top 11 of the race, ahead of Surry’s #4 and #5 runners.

Rounding out the JRMS team were the hard-charging Mason “Brick” Karpinski, 14th/14:47, veteran runner Nathan Simmons, 18th/15:33, speedy Tristin Herr in 19th/15:32, and strong running Kayden Wozniak in 24th/17:14.Team leader, Kiley Aho, flew along her familiar home course to finish 2nd overall for the girls with a time of 12:09. The victor was Surry Village’s speedster, Reagan Hoy, who ran an impressive 11:33.

Amarah Lapinsky ruthlessly followed her teammate Kiley, finishing in 7th/13:08.6. Seasoned runner, Lainey Holombo (in her signature fashion) sprinted to the finish line in 13:49/11th. Amber Gnoza single-mindedly dashed home to finish 13th with a time of 14:10.

Sixth grader, Neve Mormando, narrowly edged two Surry Village competitors and teammate Olivia Jadlocki, for a 15th place/14:12.2 finish. Olivia sprinted to 18th/14:12.6.

Strong Iris Hill, again competing with an ankle injury, took 19th in 14:30. Smooth-running Emily Brown was 20th at 14:50. Laurel Bennett was 22nd with a time of 14:54. Maya Pressman was back in returned after a shoulder injury. She and Kendra Wooster rounded out the girls team with nice, steady finishes to the race.

The JRMS kids are back in action at South Meadow School on Tuesday. Then they will conclude their season at Coe-Brown Northwood Academy on Saturday, when they compete in the Division III State Championships.