THETFORDâ€“With the rain having soaked the course, the fifty-two boys and forty-one girls teams were faced with less than ideal conditions for the 2012 Woodâ€™s Trail Run on Saturday.
The race featured some of the top teams in New England and New York.
Both Lake Region and North Country were at the race and had a respectable showing.
NCU finished 18th/52 teams (507 points) on the boys side and 32nd/41 teams (833 points) on the girls side.
Alex Cotnoir crossed the line first for the boys team in 62nd place (24th Vermonterâ€“ 18:36).
The remaining scoring 5 for the Falcons were Andrew Franklin (77thâ€“18:43), Ross DeLaBruere (95thâ€“18:54), Sam Brunnette (110thâ€“19:01) and Ben Dillner (195thâ€“19:57).
On the girls side, the top finisher for NCU was Haley Jo Tetreault in 63rd (33rd Vermonterâ€“22:25).
Adele Woodmansee was the 2nd Falcon and she ran along the course with a sprained ankle finishing 176th (24:16).
The remaining scorers for NCU were Jordan Howell (226thâ€“24:52), Jade Dandurand (337thâ€“26:36) and Anne Arcoleo (404thâ€“28:06).
For the Rangers, Emily Millar ran a personal record, reducing her time by over 3:00 minutes to a 25:42.
â€śShe has been working on her kick and felt pretty good about her finish today,â€ť said LR coach Greg Hennemuth.
Cody Dollof also ran a personal record of 20:24 and feels confident that he can break the 20 minute mark on this course at the State Championships.
Said Hennemuth, â€śHe ran the first mile in 6:20, which is a little conservative because the last 1.5 K of the course has a few hills that will slow the pace a bit.
â€śWe will be talking about hitting the 6:05 first mile mark and burning up the middle of the course, which is flatter and with more curves.
â€śCody did run an excellent stretch on Morty's Monster, passing over a dozen runners and finishing strong.â€ť
Freshman Ryan Streeter ran his third race of the year in fine fashion, coming in at 26:27.
â€śI am happy with his race because he shows real toughness and I hope we can utilize this to run more consistent practice routines,â€ť Hennemuth said.
Finally, Emily Close ran tough (22:21) and obtained 24th Vermonter status, which puts her right at the New England qualifications of top 25.
â€śShe has to run her own race and take control like she did at the U-32 Invitationals where she took 2nd place,â€ť said her coach.
The Rangers and Falcons have 3 more weeks until they return to Thetford to compete in the State Meet.
NCU XCâ€™s next meet is on Tues (10/9) at Stowe while Lake Region will be at Oxbow at the same time.