HINSDALE, N.H. -- The Pacers welcomed a dozen teams from all over New Hampshire on Tuesday as the Hinsdale cross country team hosted their second Granite State Challenge.
The Derryfield boys and girls took top honors, while the Moultonborough team settled on silver, respectively. The Epping boys placed third, and Hinsdale’s girls managed a fifth place finale.
Sam Richmond (17:40), who took the crown in the boys race, and Patrick Finocchiaro (18:08), who placed second overall, were the gold sneaker champs for Derryfield.
"It went pretty well," said Hinsdale’s Sam Calderwood, who finished with a time of 22:44. Calderwood said he had run more than 150 miles over the summer to prepare for the season.
Michael Roberts (23:09) thought there was definitely a lot of competition for his Pacer team. "So many teams, so many runners," he said. "It was great."
Over 100 runners participated, and a large crowd gathered in the field where the Pacer girls soccer squad also competes, to cheer on their teams.
"Some of the best teams in Division 4," said Daniel O’Melia, who crossed the line for Hinsdale with a time of 20:48. "They were really pushing it out there. We gave it our all today."
The first to cross the finish for the Pacer girls was Skyler LeClair, who placed eighth overall with a time of 22:50. LeClair came in behind first place winner Casey Hecox (19:44) and Moultonborough champion Rachel Smith.
Right around the last turn heading into the final stretch, Hinsdale’s Elizabeth Ryan put the hammer down to blow past one competitor who had the lead over her, to finish in 25:16. She was the second Pacer to cross the line.
"There were so many girls that my coach was pushing me to beat," said Ryan. "They got way ahead, so I had to sprint. Everyone did great. A lot us beat our personal records. Especially me."
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