Rhode Islander's shine this past week at the Manchester Invitational.
In what is the first true invitational weekend on the calendar, we in Massachusetts now have a much more defined look at the top teams in the state. On the boys side, top-10's Lowell, Pembroke, Brookline, Shrewsbury, and Westfield were all in action in three different states. On the girls side of things, the top four was idle, but Weston, Newton South, Lincoln-Sudbury, Amherst, Wachusett, Needham, Longmeadow, Concord-Carlisle, Haverhill, Notre Dame, Brookline, and Dennis-Yarmouth all took to the races, all except Weston and L-S at Amherst. The highlights were plenty...
It was a big day for Maine runners at the Manchester Invitational. In the girls small school race, Aleta Looker finished 1st, with Greely's Kirsten Sandreuter in 2nd, and her teammate Eva Bates in 3rd. In the boys small school race, Dan Curts edged Silas Eastman as both were timed in 15:42, the times were the fastest of the meet 3 races. Check out more coverage.
Weekend Video Recap This weekend produced three fantastic races in the Northeast, including the dominating performance by CBA at the Bowdoin Classic. The Manchester Invitational in New Hampshire had another dominating performance by Bishop Hendricken (RI), and a battle between Burnt Hills (NY) and Champlain Valley (Vt) on the girls side. The Amherst Invitational also saw some outstanding races.
MANCHESTER — The first three miles of the boys' elite race at the 38th annual Manchester Invitational Cross Country Classic didn't matter. It all came down to the last point-one mile, and that's where Malcolm Plunkett of South Burlington, Vt., edged out Pat Coppinger of Lowell, Mass., for the win at Derryfield Park on Saturday.“I think it's the closest race I've ever run,” Plunkett said. “I've never had to lean so hard in my life.” The boys' elite was one of 10 races held on the day at what is one of the largest high school cross country events that attracts some of the best talent in the Northeast.
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