Yarmouth cross country/track standout to run for Harvard

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Yarmouth senior Luke Laverdiere, joined by his parents, Tom and Brenda, made it official Friday that he will attend and run for Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts next school year. Laverdiere, who won the Class B boys’ cross country state championship in 2016 and again this past fall, the Class B indoor mile as a sophomore and junior, the Class B indoor two-mile as a junior, the Class B outdoor 800 and mile as a sophomore and the Class B outdoor 800, mile and two-mile as a junior, said that Harvard was his top choice. 

“It’s very exciting,” said Laverdiere, who was also considering Dartmouth and the Naval Academy. “I wanted to go to a school with great academics, first of all, but I also wanted to find a team that had the potential to go places. I think (Harvard is) the up-and-coming program in the Ivy League and I’m looking forward to it.”

Laverdiere feels that his time in a Clippers uniform helped pave the way to allowing him to compete at the next level.

“John Rogers, my coach the last four years, has done a lot for me,” said Laverdiere. “He’s been my mentor. Yarmouth is a great high school academic-wise and we also have great athletic programs.”