Camden Hills girls, Mount Ararat boys cruise in opening Mariner meetCross country: Windjammers Bowman, Trapani race to first places
Thomaston — The Camden Hills girls cross-country squad was one of the best in Class B in 2011, but do not look now because the 2012 Windjammers appear deeper and more talented and could be the favorites to win league, regional and state crowns in the coming months.
The Windjammers, the defending Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference and Eastern Class B champions (and state runners-up), proved as much with a dominating performance in a season-opening meet Aug. 31 hosted by Oceanside High School.
Led by defending individual state champion Brittany Bowman, the Windjammers cruised to the team victory on Friday afternoon in Thomaston.
Camden Hills is so talented throughout its squad it might contend as the best all-around team in Maine, regardless of class affiliation.
On Friday afternoon, the Windjammers swept the individual accolades as Bowman (19:38.75) bested a field of 49 runners and Ben Trapani (17:29.45) beat 62 runners over the 3.2-mile course.
The girls team scores were: Camden Hills 24, Mount Ararat of Topsham 43, Boothbay Region 65, Medomak Valley 108 and Oceanside and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle no score.
The boys team scores were: Mount Ararat 28, Boothbay Region 65, Lincoln Academy 74, Camden Hills 94, Medomak Valley 101 and Oceanside no score.
The Camden Hills girls won as they placed all five scoring runners among the top 10 and the first four competitors in the top seven.
How deep and talented are the Windjammer girls? They placed their top seven runners among the top 17 runners Friday and had an average runner time of 21:29.38. And consider that most of the Windjammers are underclassmen, so the team's window of opportunity for a high level of success could extend for years.
On Friday, a tough individual battle ensued between Bowman and Oceanside's Abby Hersom, who finished second in 19:46.33.
The race for the top spot in the boys race came down to the wire as Trapani edged runner-up Nathan Mackenzie of Mount Ararat (17:30.23) by less than one second in a photo finish.
Windjammer coach Becky Flanagan said Trapani "did superbly, as did several other boys," and added that the girls squad was missing three top-10 runners in Emily Lopez, Sam Morse and Lydia Morin.
"For [the girls] to pull off such a big win, especially against [Class A] Mount Ararat, was huge," she said. "Without Emily Lopez, Sam Morse, and Lydia Morin, I wasn’t sure that they would do it. Boy, did they ever show me."
The individual girls results for Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Oeanside runners were: 1, Bowman, CH, 19:38.75; 2, Hersom, Ocean, 19:46.33; 4, Hannah Brownawell, CH, 21:39.29; 6, Jacqueline Russell, CH, 21:56.15; 7, Lily Kassen, CH, 21:59.46; 10, Willow Parker, CH, 22:13.23; 17, Riley Simmons, Ocean, 23:06.55; 19, Ella Scott, CH, 23:43.39; 21, Lizzi Ogle, CH, 25:23.81; 22, Emma McGurran, CH, 25:25.29; 23, Kiera Haining, CH, 25:36.78; 31, Bridget Mellon, CH, 26:28.11; 32, Jill van der Schaaf, Med, 26:32.13; 33, Moira Pieri, CH, 26:32.17; 34, Sarah-Belle Fisher, CH, 26:39.96; 35, Hannah Olsen, CH, 26:48.98; 37, Shannon Staples, Med, 27:33.69; 38, Audrey Lane, CH, 27:52.86; 40, Rayanne Leach, Med, 27:59.52; 42, Krista Hooper, Med, 28:34.64; 45, Mirelle Lafreniere, CH, 29:01.73; 46, Bailey Hilt, CH, 29:40.90; 47, Beth Corson, Med, 31:05.84 25; 48, Katie Moody, CH, 31:28.45; and 49, Ashley Pezanowski, Ocean, 33:59.93.
The individual boys results for Camden Hills, Medomak Valley and Oceanside runners were: 1, Trapani, CH, 17:29.45; 10, Ivan Johnson, Med, 19:31.30; 11, Gavin Felch, Med, 19:48.67; 15, Alexander Casas, Med, 19:58.64; 18, Ben Winchenbach, CH, 20:17.72; 19, Nick Mahar, Ocean, 20:20.82; 21, Eli Smith, CH, 20:34.99; 22, Cole Chase, Ocean, 20:38.50 30, James Annis, CH, 21:52.95; 33, Forest Priestley, CH, 21:56.88; 39, Alden Parker, CH, 23:05.31; 40, Nat Lawson, CH, 23:11.36; 41, Sam Johnson, Ocean, 23:37.12; 51, Daniel Bubar, Med, 24:38.59; 56, Daley Winterach, Ocean, 26:02.36; and 59, Joshua Degado, Med, 28:01.08.
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