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.

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Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.