St. John qualifies for New England Championship

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NASHUA, N.H. — Maggie St. John placed 19th overall in a time of 19:00 at the Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School over the weekend.

"It's really exciting. It's the goal I've had all season," stated the Hinsdale High School senior, referring to qualifying for Saturday's New England meet at Whitcomb Park in Manchester, Conn.

St. John needed to be one of the first 25 finishers in order to achieve her goal. She will now compete against the likes of Abby Broadley and Stephanie Ager — a duo that helped the Bellows Falls girls cross-country team repeat as Vermont champions.

"She was seeded 32nd after the times were merged from the divisional meets, so we knew with a perfect race she could possibly qualify. She nailed it! She is our program's first ever New England qualifier," said Hinsdale cross-country coach Glenn Hammett. "I've been truly blessed to be able to coach such a gritty and gracious athlete. She does all the little things a coach can ask. I'm so proud of her."

Bishop Guertin and Souhegan runners swept the top five spots in the Meet of Champions. Caroline Fischer (Bishop Guertin) won the varsity girls race in 17:55, while Chloe Trudel (Souhegan), Caroline Towle (Bishop Guertin), Georgia Jones (Souhegan) and Mackenzie Hayden (Souhegan) completed the top five.

"It was a really fast course. There were like no hills. When I got into the woods, I started passing people," St. John explained.

The Hinsdale star plans to begin her week of training with a long run of about seven miles. That will be followed by some sort of a workout on Wednesday and then a four-mile run on Thursday.

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