On the perfect fall afternoon when we paid tribute to the man who mentored and nurtured student/athletes at Plymouth Regional for some 40 years, John Sanborn, the script for super competition and great fellowship amongst all couldn’t have been written or imagined any better.
On the girls’ side, Merrimack Valley’s sophomore Kristie Schoffield bested all comers from the 8 teams competing and won with a time of 19:57 on the tough and challenging course that has an “Easy” button awaiting those that climb to 320′ above the Baker River. Kennett’s freshman Eilidh McKinnon was second, Merrimack Valley’s Racquel Gelinas third. Sohani Demian, Olivia Karuse and Dominque Biron of Bow were 4th, 5th and 6th, with Melissa Brown of Kennett, Delia Cormier of Laconia, Izzy Forde of Kennett and Samantha Van DeMoere rounding out the top 10. In the team competition, Kennett placed first with 39 points, followed by Bow with 42, Merrimack Valley 71, Plymouth 90, Kingswood 132 and Pembroke with 149 points.
On the boys’ side of things, Kingswood’s Hunter Miller was on mission and ran coast to coast in the lead in an outstanding time of 16:57. Kennett runners Nick Brown and Thomas Welch were second and third with Andrew Chabot of Plymouth 4th. Kingswood’s outstanding freshman, Cameron Stinchfield was 5th and Andrew Emanuel of Laconia was 6th. Here is where the script couldn’t have been better! In 7th place, from Pembroke was John Sanborn, the nephew of the esteemed man we were paying tribute to on this date. Filling out the top 10 were KW’s Owen Gwizdala, Pembroke’s Kam Anderson and KW’s Seth Richardson. Kingswood Boys won the Team title with 36 points, followed by Kennett with 55, Pembroke 99, Plymouth 103, Bow 108, Laconia 149, Merrimack Valley 152 and Newfound 230.