THETFORD–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 Wood’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 Vermonter– 18:36).
The remaining scoring 5 for the Falcons were Andrew Franklin (77th–18:43), Ross DeLaBruere (95th–18:54), Sam Brunnette (110th–19:01) and Ben Dillner (195th–19:57).
On the girls side, the top finisher for NCU was Haley Jo Tetreault in 63rd (33rd Vermonter–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 (226th–24:52), Jade Dandurand (337th–26:36) and Anne Arcoleo (404th–28:06).
For the Rangers, Emily Millar ran a personal record, reducing her time by over 3:00 minutes to a 25:42.
“She has been working on her kick and felt pretty good about her finish today,” 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, “He 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.
“We 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.
“Cody did run an excellent stretch on Morty's Monster, passing over a dozen runners and finishing strong.”
Freshman Ryan Streeter ran his third race of the year in fine fashion, coming in at 26:27.
“I am happy with his race because he shows real toughness and I hope we can utilize this to run more consistent practice routines,” 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.
“She has to run her own race and take control like she did at the U-32 Invitationals where she took 2nd place,” said her coach.
The Rangers and Falcons have 3 more weeks until they return to Thetford to compete in the State Meet.
NCU XC’s next meet is on Tues (10/9) at Stowe while Lake Region will be at Oxbow at the same time.