Hazen Union Hosts XC Meet on Hardwick Trails

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Middle school runners at the start of their 1.6 mile cross country race on Hardwick Trails October 11. Twenty-four runners participated from Twinfield, Danville and Hazen Union. Thomas Kehler (right) won the race with a time of 10:58. Manny Fliegelman (center) came in fourth with a time of 12:16 and Daniel Pougnier (left) placed sixth with a time of 12:40.

by Jim Flint

HARDWICK ̶ Blue skies and sunny dispositions highlighted Hazen Union’s home meet with Danville and Twinfield on October 11. Twenty-four middle school runners and 18 varsity runners turned out for the cross country races at Hardwick Trails.

The Wildcat harriers worked with head coach Netdahe Stoddard to lay out the 1.6-mile middle school course and the 5k high school course. Boys and girls raced together at the middle school level. At the varsity level, the girls started 10 minutes after the boys.

At last year’s Hazen Union home meet, Twinfield’s top runner, Ethan Parrish, narrowly lost to Danville’s Peter Searles. Parrish turned the tables this year. He outran Searles, 22:39 to 25:09, for the win.

Danville’s Aiden Stillson (26:04) and Devon Lopez-Powers (28:35) placed third and fourth. Sam Sainz of Twinfield took fifth place in 30:38.

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Twinfield senior Ethan Parrish took first place in the boy’s high school 3.25 mile race on Hardwick Trails October 11. His time was 22:39.

Danville’s Lilley Anderson won the girls varsity race in 29:25. Camryn Hoffman of Twinfield finished second in 31:30. She was followed across the finish line by teammates Hanna Hoelzl (36:39) and Gigi Guerin (37:46). Lynsey Lavele of Danville placed fifth in 38:48.

Hazen Union had four finishers in the varsity race: Tobias Benson (31:04), Gabe Aubuchon (34:45), Finn Burgess (45:01), and Ella Considine (45:02).

Hazen Union’s Thomas Kehler won the boys middle school race in 10:58. Willa Mantius of Danville was the top middle school girl. She finished in 12:33.

Danville runners Ryan Richard (11:24) and Landon Garrand (11:55) placed second and third in the boys middle school race. Hazen Union’s Manny Fliegelman (12:16) and Daniel Pougnier (12:40) were the fourth and fifth finishers.

Finishing second through fifth in the girls middle school race were Riley Barrett (13:20, Danville); Carli Abbott (14:54, Hazen Union); Austin Roos (15:17, Danville); and Molly Daniels (15:19, Danville).

Twinfield was the top girls varsity team. Danville won the boys varsity race and the girls middle school race. For the boys middle school race, there were two teams with five scoring runners. In a close contest, Hazen Union defeated Danville, 25 to 30, for the win.