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Gilford's Joshua Valentine 4th at cross-country regionals

March 18. 2018 2:50AM

Gilford's Joshua Valentine was the top finisher from New Hampshire in Saturday's 7.5-kilometer classical cross-country race at the NENSA Eastern High School Championships at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine.

Valentine, skiing with Team Vermont, completed the course is 20 minutes, 8.7 seconds, to finish fourth. Ben Odgen of Landgrove, Vt., finished first with a time of 18:53.3.

Ogden also won the 5-kilometer free technique race on Friday.

Concord's Nathaniel Nichols finished 12th (20:34.7), Aidan Hagerty of North Conway was 17th (20:49.4), Zachary Ennis of Canterbury was 29th (21:41.8) and John Cunningham of Springfield was 39th (21:44.3)

On the girls' side, Team New Hampshire's Perrin Milliken, who lives in Norwich, Vt., and skis with the Ford Sayre club in Hanover, was eighth with a time of 24:48.1 Phoebe Sweet of Waterbury, Vt., was the winner with a time of 23:50.3

Greta Bollinger of Lyme finished 12th (25:18.1), Lillian Bates of Dublin finished 17th (25:38.6), Kennedy Lange of Lyme was 22nd (26:12.9), Amanda Vansant of Holderness was 23rd (26:12.9) and Schuyler Michalak was 27th (26:26.1).

Valentine was sixth in the 1.2-kilometer sprint, finishing in 2 minutes, 33.69 seconds. Ogden won with a time of 2:19.75. Nichols was 18th (2:42.31) and Hagerty was 24th (2:44.43).

On the girls' side, Bates was the best Granite State finisher, taking ninth with a time of 3:08.91. Maine's Abigail Strenz was the winner with a 2:53.90 score. Agnes Macy of Dublin was 13th (3:09.92), Milliken was 21st (3;16.50), Eliidh McKinnon of Center Conway was 24th (3:17.47) and Bolinger was 28th (3:18.66).

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