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2018 Bobcat Invitational Recap, Results, Interviews!

2018 Oyster River Bobcat Invitational: Hay Bales and History Bobcat Invite Meet Hub Results Link to LancerTiming Race Videos and Pics Coming Soon!! The 2018 Bobcat Invitational swelled to 26 teams and we would like to think it is because of the hay bales and history!  For the second consecutive year, the Oyster River community […]

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2017 Bobcat Invitational! 9/16/2017

2017 Oyster River Bobcat Invitational: Hay Bales, History, Humidity & Racing Results Link to LancerTiming That’s right!  To place an exclamation point on moving the storied Bobcat Invitational to nearby Tibbett’s Field and the Powder Major IMG_3065Forest in Madbury , ORHS girls’ coach Fergus Cullen added hay bales and Revolutionary War reenactors, complete with muskets […]

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Results from Weekend, 9/16-17 (updated! Bobcat Invite Photos!)

Oyster River’s Bobcat Invitational @ Souhegan’s Freestyle Farm Girls Results courtesy of LancerTiming Boys Results courtesy of LancerTiming Photos Are Up!!!  Thanks Eileen Slavin!!!  Great Job!                   Portsmouth Christian, Epping, Raymond @ Newmarket NHS-Meet-Girls-results NHS-Meet-Boys-results Laconia Invitational Individual-Results-Girls-Individual-Results Team-Results-Girls Laconia-Invite-Sept-Team-Results Laconia-Invite-Sept-Individual-Results Keene HS @ Amherst Invitational (Massachusetts) […]

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Meet Preview: Bobcat Invitational @ Freestyle Farms

General Meet Information Courtesy of LancerTiming Oyster River’s Bobcat Invitational will have a decidedly different look and feel to it this year. Due to construction of the new track at Oyster River, the meet is being held on Souhegan’s Freestyle Farm course. With no pavement and consisting of one small loop and one large loop, […]

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2015 Bobcat Invite Race Recaps with Boys’ Race Video

Results Courtesy of Lancer Timing Varsity Girls  Varsity Boys   JV Girls  JV Boys Race Recap by MV Coach David Irving Plenty of sun greeted runners today at Oyster River’s Bobcat Invitational. The summer heat hung on for at least one more race, yet the temperature didn’t seem to slow the times very much. Fast, competitive races for […]

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Meet Preview: 2015 Bobcat Invitational

Meet Information Courtesy of Lancertiming The warm-up meets are over. With this weekend’s Bobcat Invitational at Oyster River High in Durham, the real competitive season begins. More than 700 athletes from 22 schools are entered in Saturday’s meet, which draws much of D-2, all the D-1 schools on the seacoast, and a handful of D-3 […]

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2014 BOBCAT INVITATIONAL

More than 500 harriers from 23 schools enjoyed ideal conditions – highs around 60 degrees and a dry course –  at the 2014 Bobcat Invitational, hosted by Oyster River in Durham Saturday. In the distance contest, the Winnacunnet girls placed five in the top 15 to win the meet convincingly with 46 points. Souhegan (81), Exeter (105), […]

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2014 Bobcat Invitational Preview

Twenty-three schools are scheduled to compete in Saturday’s Bobcat Invitational hosted by Oyster River in Durham. The girls race includes three of the state’s top ten ranked teams: #2 Winnacunnet, last year’s D-1 state champion; the always competitive #5 Souhegan; and #9 Windham, who turned some heads at Hollis-Brookline last week. D-3 defending champ and […]

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By Fergus Cullen – ORHS Girls XC Coach

There’s some major cross country firepower gathering in Madbury on Saturday – and we’re not referring to the Revolutionary War muskets used to start the races at the Bobcat Invitational hosted by Oyster River (That’s real gunpowder, and those things are LOUD!). And yes, there will be hay bales!

More than 600 athletes from 26 schools are expected from Division 1, 2, and 3. Teams attending are: Division 1’s Dover, Spaulding, and Winnacunnet; 13 schools from Division 2 including ConVal, Goffstown, Hanover, Kennett, Kingswood, Lebanon, Merrimack Valley, Milford, Oyster River, Pembroke, Sanborn, Souhegan, and St. Thomas Aquinas; and 8 schools from Division 3 including Belmont, Campbell, Epping, Hopkinton, Portsmouth Christian Academy, Monadnock, Newmarket, and Trinity. Also making the trip to Madbury are Fitch High School of Groton, Connecticut, Phillips Exeter Academy, and Tilton Prep.

The meet takes place at Tibbetts Field and the Powder Major Forest in Madbury. The super spectator-friendly course runs through the old farm once owned by John DeMeritt (1728-1826). Back in 1774, inspired by Paul Revere’s ride to Portsmouth, a group of Seacoast patriots raided Fort William & Mary in New Castle and made off with some 100 barrels of gun powder. Some of that powder ended up stashed somewhere on DeMeritt’s property, and that powder is said to have supplied the patriots at the Battle of Bunker Hill the following year. Whatever the precise facts, Demeritt went down in history as the Powder Major. Much of his farm recently went into conservation through the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, which is permitting this meet.

Girls JV run at 10; boys JV at 10:40; girls varsity at 11:20; and boys varsity at noon.

GIRLS: Eight schools that qualified for last year’s Meet of Champions are coming. This includes three of the top 6 ranked teams in New Hampshire this year: defending D-2 champ Souhegan (#2); Con-Val (#4), and Oyster River( #6). There’s also reigning D3 Champ Campbell and last fall’s D-3 runner-up, Hopkinton. You know the Phillips Exeter Academy team will be good. Add to that mix 2017 Meet of Champions qualifiers Hanover, Milford, and Monadnock making the team competition will be very strong.

The Con-Val senior trio of Rachel Hurley (who won the Korcoulis meet a week ago), Schuyler Michalak, and Clare Veverka should be in the lead pack. Belmont’s Alice Riley is coming off a strong race at Hollis last week, where she finished one spot ahead of Milford’s Lauren Robinson, who is the top returning runner after placing fifth at Bobcat last year. Souhegan’s always deep squad is led by Arielle Zlotnick and Marissa Romano. Other individuals to watch include Merrimack Valley freshman Sophia Reynolds, who broke 20 minutes to win the season-opening rust-buster meet on this same course two weeks ago. PCA’s Liza Corso, Hopkinton’s Cailey Stockwell and Emma Rothe, Campbell’s Cassie Hemming, Hanover’s Leila Trummel, Sanborn Avery Scully, and Monadnock’s Delaney Swanson should all be factors. Oyster River is led by juniors Olivia Lenk, Lily Doody, and Madison Hoppler.

BOYS: Four of NH’s top-ten ranked schools are coming: #4 Winnacunnet, #5 Oyster River, #8 Hanover, and #10 Trinity, which has emerged as a top contender to win Division 3 this year. Kingswood, Campbell, Sanborn, and Souhegan are all Meet of Champions qualifiers from a year ago. And of course Phillips Exeter Academy can compete with the best schools around.

Merrimack Valley senior David Reynolds is the defending champ and course record holder. His twin brother Matt should be in the lead pack too. Tilton Prep is only sending one runner but he’s Patrick Guinee, who placed third overall in this meet a year ago. Campbell is led by Jeffrey Allen, the defending D-3 champion who finished fifth at Bobcat last year. Colin Donnelly, a New England qualifier last fall, is among Winnicunnet’s leaders. Oyster River is led by sophomores Owen Fleischer and Andy O’Brien. Sanborn’s top runners include Dylan Khalil and Owen Stocker. Milford’s Caleb Korthals qualified for the MOC as a freshman last fall. Danny Donovan (Trinity), Evan Coyne (ConVal), Thomas Heddington (Souhegan) look to be in or near that lead pack.

 

 

 

 

 

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