NHIAA cross county division meets set for Saturday
The Division II girls' race kicks off the event at 10 a.m. followed by the boys' race at 10:40 a.m. The Division I girls' race commences at 11:30 a.m., followed by the boys' race at 12:10 p.m.
The Division III girls' race will start at 1 p.m. and the boys will run at 1:40 p.m.
Four Division I girls who placed in the top 10 last year are returning Saturday. Junior Shannon Murdock of Exeter, who finished third last year in 19:15, is the favorite. Senior Smita Boesch-Dining of Concord (19:23, fifth place), senior Molly McCabe of Bishop Guertin of Nashua (19:35, seventh place) and Gwenyth Winship of Bedford (19:53, ninth place) will also be contending for the individual title.
On the boys' side, seniors Damon Kilgore of Londonderry (16:35, sixth place), Tristam Winship of Bedford (16:39, eighth place) and Abram Gagnon of Manchester Central (16:42, ninth place) return after placing in the top 10 last year.
Coe-Brown of Northwood is the heavy favorite to win the girls' Division II race. Last year's champ, junior Hannah Parker (18:58) will be leading a strong Bears quintet. Senior Jeremy Brassard of Coe-Brown returns to defend his Division II title.
Junior Emily Calder of Hopkinton, who finished runner-up last year in 19:56, is the favorite to win the Division III race. The boys' race favorite is Andrew Weckstein of Bow who finished runner-up last year.