Milford’s Durham dominates at Coach Korcoulis Invite

HOLLIS – There were supposed to be treacherous hills and a deep field of runners standing in her way. All that Milford High’s Becca Durham saw for competition was history on Saturday.

The senior dominated the 71-runner field in the varsity girls race of the Coach Korcoulis Invitational, crushing the previous course record by covering the 5K in a rousing, 18:39, to capture the championship.

He winning margin was nearly two full minutes over the nearest foe, Oyster River’s Danielle Slavin, who was second in 20:37.

“No secret, I just ran. I didn’t run a PR, but my coach just told me to go get the course record,” said Durham.

“I was told there were a lot of hills here, but I didn’t see them, I just run.

It’s an easier course for me to run, just kind of straight-forward. It just feels fast.”

Durham blazed the trails with ease on a 6:01-mile pace and hardly seemed bothered by the effort.

“I think I could have gone faster,” she said. “I didn’t know where everyone else was behind me. It’s hard to race alone.”

Saturday, she made it look easy.

Teammate Lauren Robinson, a Milford High junior, was fourth overall, while Campbell freshman Cassie Hemming announced her presence on the area running scene with a top-10 finish, taking eighth in 21:18. Campbell senior Caitlyn Callinan rounded out the Top 10.

Oyster River High of Durham won the girls team title, edging ConVal while Milford was third in the 10-team field.

Oyster River dominated the boys championship race, placing five runners in the top seven, including champion Kieran Murphy (17:03).

Campbell High junior Jeffrey Allen, in fourth, and Hollis Brookline’s Kenny Corsetti, a junior, were the lone area performers in the top 10.

OR dominated the team race, with Campbell second and Hollis Brookline third.

The event to honor the memory of Hollis Brookline legend Elias “Coach” Korcoulis was yet again a success with over 350 runners from around the Granite State competing.

Korcoulis, who passed away in 2006, was a legend for his work at Hollis Brookline, which included 26 state title teams.