Third-place finisher Lauren Robinson of Nashua, a seventh grader at Fairgrounds Middle School, led 62 Nashua PAL Gate City Striders recently at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Cross Country National Championships in San Antonio, Texas.
Robinson, competing in the 11-12-year-old division, turned in an All-American performance, finishing third out of 405. Two teams placed in the top seven nationally.
 
Here are the highlights by age group:

Age 8 and under: The girls were led by Ella Benzekri and Izabella Haytayan.They were supported by strong runs from Arianna Kouchalakos, Zelena Long, and Audrey Mullaney. The boys were led by Kieran Hummer and Grevaan Singh, who were followed closely by Derek Griebel, Joona Hantula, Nicholas Hawkins, Quinlan Duprey, and Christopher Valade.

Ages 9-10: The girls squad was led by 95th (of 308) place runner Grace Jones. Also scoring for the PAL Strider team were Kathryn Loranger, Meredith McDermott,Amelia Piercy, and Abigail North. Also running well were Delaney Nelson, Nadine Benamara, and Olivia Johnson.

The boys team had a strong day, finishing seventh in the country, led byJared Long, who finished 68th out of 329. Other boys scoring included Christopher Keefe, Keegan Murphy, Matthew Spaulding, and Nicholas Dahl. Also running strong were Griffin Johnson, Jesse Hantula, and Christopher Prangley.

Ages 11-12: Other scorers besides Robinson Tylee Thurber (49th), Isabella Bruno, Jessica Fontaine, and Haley Schmitt. Hannah Swain, Elizabeth Knapp, and Madeleine Keefe also ran well. The boys team was led by 56th (of 391) place runner Noah Strout and Forest MacKenzie. Also running strong wereDavid Cook, Ryan Devine, Connor Dube, Landon Johnson, Zackary Berthiaume, and Owen Long.

Ages 13-14: The PAL boys finished sixth out of 39 teams, led byGarrett Earley, who was 39th out of 444. Also finishing in the top 100 were Evan Tanguay, Aidan van Batenburg, and Jack Spaulding. Also runnings trong were Justin Carbonneau, Curtis Comrie,Simon Morrier, andMatthew O’Brien.

Ages 15-16: The PAL Striders girls’ were represented by 37th place runner Melissa Hiatt, Lauren Cole, and Grace Vogel. The boys’ were led by 68th place Chris Fischer, who was followed byTom Lessard, and Allan Vallante.

Ages 17-18: The PAL Striders girls were led by 26th place runner Marie Morrier, Brianna Lippitt, and Brittany Gentilhomme. Jacob Drescher finished 38thin the boys race.