West’s Robitaille Wins Division II Cross Country Championship

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The world of New Hampshire High School Cross Country descended on Manchester again on Saturday for the NHIAA Divisional Championships at Derryfield Park.

Among Manchester’s participants, West’s Julia Robitaille won the Division II Girls’ Championship with a time of 17:52.5, 57 seconds faster than Souhegan’s Jane Leighton and a minute and a half faster than her twin sister Corinne.

They weren’t the only sisters from Manchester, as Central sophomores Kateln and Keegan Pepin finished ninth (19:48.8) and tenth (19:49.6) respectively in the Division I Girls’ race.

Derryfield’s Emma Pyles was the top Manchester finisher in the Division III Girls race with a time of 22:55.4, good for 37th place.

On the boys’ side, Memorial’s Evan Clark was the top Manchester finisher in Division I (17:43.2, 35th place), Trinity’s Danny Donovan was the top Manchester finisher in Division II (17:33.7, 24th place) and Caleb Richmond was the top Manchester finisher in Division III (17:31.8 7th place).

With results from the divisional championships, seven Manchester students qualified into the ranks of this weekend’s 150 participants at NHIAA Meet of Champions in Nashua. The girls’ team from Central also qualified for the Meet of Champions’ team competition.

The top 25 finishers from the Meet of Champions qualify for the New England High School Cross Country Championships, which this year will be held in Belfast, ME on Nov. 11.