JRMS cross-country gets big win

  • The winning JRMS girls. COURTESY PHOTO

Thursday, September 13, 2018 12:22PM

There were some awesome Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School individual races run in the Connecticut Valley Small School Invitational in Swanzey, on Saturday. But the big story, was the team’s score. Host Monadnock Middle High School set up a beautiful new course after part of their course was damaged by flood waters.

The highlight for JRMS was the girls team, who won the entire Invitational over five other teams. This is believed to be the first such victory in school history. Leading the team were Kylie Aho, Amarah Lapinsky, Iris Hill, Neve Mormando, and Emily Brown. Kylie (4th) and Amara (7th) also won individual medals for their top 10 finishes. Just behind the top 5 were Lainey Holombo and Olivia Jadlocki. Other fine runs were turned in by Laurel Bennett, Amber Gnoza, Ellie Cassidy, Kendra Wooster, and Maya Pressman. The competition was intense with JRMS defeating Surry by only 2 points, Winchester by 3 points, and Monadnock by 4 points!

The JRMS boys team also did quite well, finishing in third, only three points out of second place. Austen Richard (11th) led the Cardinal team to the finish line, narrowly missing an individual medal. Shadowing Austen by only one second was surprising newcomer, Ben Gaudet. A little further back, himself having a great run, was Brandon Areias. He was followed by a pack of JRMS runners including the hard-charging Jonathan Hartnett, Nathan Simmons, Mason Karpinski, and Kayden Wozniak.

The next meet for JRMS will be contested on the home couse, on Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. Six other schools, are expected to toe the line on the Conant Athletic Fields' track.