Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Middle school cross country recap: Two Manchester teams reign supreme

The three best middle school runners in Manchester: 
Hillside's Katelyn and Keegan Pepin, 

followed by Morgan Nault of McLaughlin 
Hillside girls are the 2015
Division I Tri-County
Cross Country champs...
This year, two of Manchester's middle school cross country teams excelled at the biggest meets of the year. Hillside coach Michelle Leonard led her Hillside Hawks girls team to an undefeated season, bringing the program back to the top, where it once was for decades.  

...and the 2015 state middle school champions!
After a great early part of the season, the Hawks finished off their tremendous year with titles at the Division 1 Tri-County League meet and another title in the Large School Division of the Middle School XC State Championships. While the entire Hillside team was outstanding all season, special recognition goes out to her "A" team consisting of twins Katelyn and Keegan Pepin, Ella Tartsa, Erin Flurey, Emma Krantz, Alexandra Topic, and Fiona Doherty.  

McLaughlin girls are the 2015
Division II Tri-County
Cross Country champs...
McLaughlin Middle School's girl's cross-country team took home the Division 2 title at the Tri-County League meet, helping Manchester to a sweep of the events in the top 2 divisions. McLaughlin also came in 2nd place at the State Championships, giving Manchester a solid 1-2 punch in the Large School Division. 
...and the 2015 state middle school runners up!

These two teams have had some great battles over the season, including at the Manchester City Championship, when Hillside edged McLaughlin by two points in one of the best city events in the past 20 years. McLaughlin was led by Morgan Nault (who challenged the Pepin twins all season) Jessica Carrier, Ryan Moran, Kelsey Comire, Maddy Petersen, Keeley Francis, and Asia Mercier. 

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