The Londonderry High boys’ and girls’ junior varsity cross-country crews both put forth top-five performances in their respective state championship meets in rainy conditions at Nashua High School South last Friday, Oct. 21.
The Lancer males finished a fine third behind the champs from Pinkerton and Keene, and the Lady Lancers ended up fifth overall as a group behind the champions from Pinkerton and three other contingents.
Coach Matt Smith’s Lancer males were paced by young standouts Carter Letalien and Connor Keeley in third and fifth respectively. Letalien ended up third in 17 minutes and 33.09 seconds, and Keeley wound up fifth in 17:41.79.
Beyond those two superb finishes, Londonderry had Kerry Daley finish 33rd, Jeff Cieslikowski end up 36th, Kyle Hoglund wind up 39th, Dylan Hotter finish 43rd, Eric Nowak claim 44th place, and Levi Nezballa collect 48th place out of some 222 overall finishers.
Coach Ed Burgess’ youthful LHS girls had their fifth-place effort paced by top-20 finishers Bella Ziolek in 12th place (22:33.31) and Cailley McDonough in 16th (22:39.60).
Also finishing among the top 100 line-crossers for the Lady Lancers were Rachel Cook in 41st place, Grace Sanderson in 50th, Alyssa Treanor in the 53rd spot, and Sarah Court in 91st.
The two Londonderry High varsity cross-country teams will next test their mettle in the big annual state title meets in Manchester’s Derryfield Park this Saturday, Oct. 26.