DERBY– With beautiful conditions at the Primeau Farm holding out long enough to complete all of Tuesday's races, the North Country Falcons took home a first place team and individual finish on the girls side and a second place team finish and second individual place finish in the first and only home meet of their young season.
Senior Captain Steph Watson won the meet in a time of 20:30. Haley Jo Tetreault was 3rd and Caitlin Smith finished 4th overall. Erika Fortin (14th) and Jordan Howell (17th) rounded out the scoring for North Country.
"At first I felt pretty good, then it was slightly uncomfortable," said Watson after the race, "I (finally) found a comfortable place.
"There were two girls in front of me and I wanted to catch them. It just felt like a good race."
Watson's win was in a bit of danger heading down the home stretch when after she took the lead, St. Jay's Quinn Bornstein got really close to passing her and taking over the lead as they headed into their final trip through the woods. Steph could feel the runner gaining and knew what she had to do.
"I could hear her behind me and I did not want her to pass me so I kept running faster. I found something to run on as energy so I pushed it around the last loop."
St. Johnsbury was dominant in the boys race, as they took six out of the top seven positions to cruise to the victory. Elijah Doerfler blazed through the course for a winning time of 17:41.
For the North Country boys it was also a senior coming through with a high finish as Co-Captain Trevor Howell finished 2nd overall in a time of 18:11. In 8th-10th places were Ross DeLaBruere, Dave Durivage and Trevor Roberts. Ben Dillner finished in 18th place to round out the scoring for North Country.
For the other team from Orleans County, The Lake Region Rangers, Emily Close was the top finisher for the girls, placing fifth with a time of 23:02.
Canaan Mckenzie was the fasted runner for the Ranger boys, finishing seven seconds ahead of teammate Cody Dollof in 24th place with a time of 20:40.
"I think the ladies really took advantage of the fact that they had seven members running together and they were really working well together," said LR Coach Greg Nennemuth, "The boys were struggling with numbers, and we have to get them all together on the same page on the same day. I think it is going to be gelling in the middle season. Right now we have some good individual efforts, but it is hard to run as a team when you have three or four individuals."
Both the Falcons and the Rangers will head to Peoples Academy for their next meet on Tuesday September 20th.