Locals run at New Englands

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The Falmouth Yachtsmen boys and a few select individuals participated in the final event of the cross country season, the New England championships, Saturday at Twin Brook.

Falmouth wound up 26th out of 30 scoring teams (Bishop Hendricken High School of Rhode Island was first).

The Yachtsmen were led by sophomore Bryce Murdick, who came in 51st for scoring purposes with a time of 17 minutes, 40.82 seconds on the 5-kilometer course. Senior Jay Lesser placed 64th (17:52.94). Also scoring were freshman Josh Simensky (136th, 18:41), sophomore Spencer Brown (145th, 18:46.05) and sophomore Scott Lambert (155th, 18:51.53).

“Both (Bryce and Jay) ran very well,” said Falmouth co-coach Jorma Kurry. “Josh also had a nice run for a freshman in his first trip to New Englands. For a young team, it was a good experience. The competition was tough and the team really got a taste of what they can shoot for going forward.”

“It went pretty well,” added Yachtsmen co-coach Danny Paul. “It was a good experience for young team.”

Greely senior Nate Madeira, Merriconeag senior Jack Pierce and Yarmouth junior Braden Becker all participated as individuals.

Pierce, the individual Class C champion, had the 12th-best time and third-best from Maine (16:43.54). Madeira was 52nd (17:19.62). Becker’s time of 18:01.81 left him 119th.

Two Greely girls took part as well. Junior Kirstin Sandreuter had the 13th-best time and was second from Maine (19:40.78). Sophomore Eva Bates placed 55th (20:35.36).

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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A throng of runners, including Greely’s Nathan Madeira, lower right, takes off for Saturday’s New England Championships at Twin Brook in Cumberland. Madeira had the 52nd best individual time.

Falmouth’s Bryce Murdick was 51st for scoring purposes. The Yachtsmen competed as a team and placed 26th.

Falmouth’s Jay Lesser was 64th Saturday.

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.