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N.H. State XC Championship: Spartans Strong in Manchester
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MANCHESTER, N.H. -- Three from White Mountains Regional placed in the top five at the Cross Country Division III state championship at Derryfield Park in Manchester on Saturday with Jessica Schanlaber in third, Alex Mae Curtis in fifth for the girls and Ethan Call in fourth for the guys.

The WMR girls team came in fourth and the top five go on to the Meet of Champions along with the the top 23 from Division III. Pittsburg's Kirby Judd will be among the best at Nashua South next Saturday.

Schanlaber shaved 45 seconds off her time on the same course last year and in her best yet covered the 5K course in 19:45, 16 seconds off the win in the pack of 164 runners. Hopkinton's Sarah Nadeau was the champ in 19:29, while nine seconds later Hawk teammate Maddie Clark claimed second.

Curtis was in the lead pack from the start and moved up a place in the last half mile of her first race on this course for a 20:10 and fifth place. Judd with a time of 21:31 was two places and 18 seconds off a top-10 finish.

The Spartan duo sparked a fourth-place finish for the girls among 21 teams. Hopkinton won with 45 points followed by Bow with 59, Monadnock with 146 and WMR came in with 149 points and Pelham with 160 points to round out the top five teams. Littleton paced by a 45th place for Kelsey Champagne in 24:24 came in 11th with 352 points, and Alexis Long (56th) clocked in at 24:55.

For the WM girls, Ada Wharton (40th) had a time of 23:54, and Abby Call (51st), 24:48. The fifth Spartan, Emily Cook (72nd), though hampered by a leg problem came in at 25:33, while Makenna Force at 26:00 outpaced 83 others.

Three of the top four Spartans played a soccer game in cold conditions less then 24 hours earlier and two of the top three boys did the same only on the road.

While Curtis says it was pretty strenuous to do both, "I do like the atmosphere of cross country. A girl I beat by 10 seconds came up and said how good I'd done."

The D-III boys champion in a field of 195 was Tim Fafard for Mascenic in 16:04 followed 21 seconds later by Cameron Daley of Inter-Lakes, then Dom Repucci for Hopkinton in 16:51, a mere three seconds ahead of Call in fourth, in 16:54. Call clipped 48 seconds off his time of last year and moved up 11 places.

The 35 and 39 places went to Spartans Ben Higgins in 18:30 and Jake Nelson in 18:43 to lift the WMR boys into eighth place of 28 teams. Andrew Force clocked in at 19:15 for 6st 1and Daniel Khu in 20:15 for 102nd. Ninth grader Michael Stark came in at 20:55 and outran 73 others.

Prospect Mountain won the boys D-III title with 110 points to runner-up Bow with 120 points. Monadnock came in third with 126, Mascenic with 162, Hopkinton with 172 for the top five. The WMR boys in eighth compiled 236 points.

The top five teams and top 23 finishers qualify for the Meet of Champions on Saturday at the Mines Falls course at Nashua South High School. The girls kick off at 2:30 and a 3:20 start for the boys.

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