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AMS XC Boys and Girls Teams Are State Champions
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Boy's A State Competitive Team: from left to right: Thomas Arnoldy (8th), Thatcher Daily (8th), Jonas Guarrera (8th),Tivan Casavent (coach), Rhys Cunningham (8th), Jack Preston (8th) and Ryan Quinn (8th)  (not pictured Ian Black 6th)

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Girl's A State Competitive Team; from  left to right: Finely Llewellyn (7th), Dylan Walker (8th), Olivia Faucher (8th), Samantha Swanbon (8th), Bridget Hill (8th),  Brynn Siska (8th) , and  Annabella Moriarity (5th)

      For the first time ever, the AMS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams both earned first place honors at the annual NH State Cross Country Championships for Division 2 on Saturday, Oct 22nd. This event is the most competitive race at the Middle School level. The Girls' Team defended their championship from 2021, but this was a first for the Boys' Team.

      Amherst's own Samantha Swanbon and Rhys Cunningham both scored individual first place medals for their performances. Amherst girls actually had 4 of the top 10 finishes while the boys had 2 of the top 10.             The AMS students stated they wouldn't have been as successful without the leadership provided by the head Cross Country Coach, Tivan Casavent. Tivan was treated to a birthday present the prior weekend when both teams also took first place at the Tri-County Championship. What a successful season! Congratulations to all the athletes!

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Sabers Excel at Pelham Invitational

      The Souhegan Boys Cross Country Team continued to excel, as they placed 5 in the top 20, to capture 2nd Place in the field of 16 teams and over 100 runners.  Northfield Mount Herman School of Massachussetts, edged out the Sabers for top honors 48 to 55. Windham HS took 3rd with 79 points, and Oyster River was 4th with 116 points.  Jaren Noorda once again led the way for the Sabers, running his fastest time ever for a 5K, placing 6th in 16:38. Souhegan's next 3 finished in a 4 second span led by Finley Irvine (11th, 16:59), Taloosh Anderson (12th, also 16:59), and Dallen Noorda (13th, 17:03).  Excellent races were also turned in by Owen Stine (18th, 17:15), Patrick Vore (29th, 17:53), and Baxter Paulini (32nd, 17:56).

Saber Girls Race to 4th Place at Pelham Invitational

      Competing against several of the state's top teams, the Souhegan girls placed 4 in the top 25, and scored 91 points to garner 4th place team honors, among the 16 teams at the Pelham Invitational on Saturday.  Pinkerton was first with 43 points, followed by Oyster River (72) and Hopkinton (75).  Emma Jarnagin (9th, 20:27) and Stephanie Svendsen (14th, 20:48) continued their solid running for the Sabers, but it was big races by Sarah Bryson (17th, 21:12), and Riley Devine (33rd, 22:25) that propelled the Sabers past Portsmouth and Coe-Brown and into 4th.  Audrey Littlefield (23rd, 21:46), Erin Taylor, and Elizabeth Bryson also scored for Souhegan.