MDI again foils Camden Hills' bid for state running titleShort-handed Windjammer girls second in state meet; local runners excel
Belfast — After another terrific all-around season, which included racing to league and regional titles, the Camden Hills girls cross-country squad had its sights — as well as feet and legs — set on bringing home the school's first state Class B championship on Saturday afternoon, Oct. 27.
However, an old nemesis and the loss of two key runners conspired to foil the Windjammers' dreams.
Midcoast runners from Camden Hills, Oceanside of Thomaston/Rockland, Medomak Valley and Belfast competed in the state championship meet at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
When the final student-athletes had crossed the course, all of the local runners had turned in strong all-around performances, with the Windjammer girls finishing second, for the second straight year, to Mount Desert Island.
Camden Hills competed without top-three runner, senior Emily Lopez, and had top-five runner Jacqueline Russell, a freshman, not be able to finish (she had been ill and could not finish the regional race as well). With those two standout runners healthy and competing the Windjammers might have surpassed the Trojans for the state championship. Windjammer coach Becky Flanagan said Lopez was unable to run, but did not specify the reason.
The girls state Class B team scores were: Mount Desert Island 67, Camden Hills 99, Waterville 109, Greely of Cumberland 142, Falmouth 148, Yarmouth 152, Caribou 165, Freeport 177, Cape Elizabeth 193, Maranacook of Readfield 210, John Bapst of Bangor 219, Winslow 259 and Ellsworth 295.
The boys state Class B team scores were: Cape Elizabeth 76, Falmouth 87, York 101, Ellsworth 105, Maranacook 190, Fryeburg Academy 195, Freeport 203, Caribou 248, Greely 252, Mount Desert Island 254, Yarmouth 278, Winslow 303, John Bapst 316, Medomak Valley of Waldoboro 320, Camden Hills 332 and Waterville 355.
MDI had the ninth, 10th, 13th, 16th and 19th places for its five scoring runners. The Trojans had a total team time of 1:42:36.80 and average runner time of 20:31.36. Camden Hills finished with the third, sixth, 20th, 30th and 40th places for its scoring runners. The Windjammers had a total team time of 1:43:41.48 and average runner time of 20:44.30.
The Camden Hills girls again qualified for the New England championship meet, along with four local runners — Camden Hills' Brittany Bowman, Hannah Brownawell and Ben Trapani and Oceanside's Abby Hersom. Bowman was ninth, Hersom 20th and Brownawell 21st overall among 292 runners representing all three classes, while Trapani was sixth among 332nd runners.
The individual champion from each class and the next 22 top finishes as determined by their times in the combined Class A, B and C races are invited to represent the state. The Class A, B and C state champion teams also qualify, as well as the next three best team scores. Thus, the Camden Hills girls qualified, as they were fourth overall among 36 teams.
The New England meet will be Saturday, Nov. 10 at Twin Brook Recreation Facility in Cumberland, Maine. The boys race begins at 11:30 a.m. and girls at 12:30 p.m.
The individual state girls results for local runners, with the first-place finisher also listed (103 overall finishers), included: 1, Bethanie Brown, Water, 17:56.32; 3, Bowman, CH, 19:19.18; 7, Hersom, Ocean, 19:51.06; 8, Brownawell, CH, 19:54.53; 23, Samantha Morse, CH, 20:50.07; 35, Ella Scott, CH, 21:36.72; 46, Lily Kassen, CH, 22:00.98; 49, Cassie Howard, Bel, 22:05.16; 64, Riley Simmons, Ocean, 22:35.96; and 86, Lydia Morin, CH, 23:31.12 73.
The individual state boys results for local runners, with the first-place finisher also listed (120 overall finishers), included: 1, Dan Curtis, Ells, 15:47.52; 3, Trapani, CH, 16:36.49; 51, Eli Smith, CH, 18:26.66; 53, Nick Mahar, Ocean, 18:32.60; 56, Ivan Johnson, Med, 18:33.41; 59, Nick Anderson, Med, 18:39.75 52; 64, Gavin Felch, Med, 18:44.94 57; 65, Cole Chase, Ocean, 18:45.54; 71, Alexander Casas, Med, 18:52.11; 91, Ben Winchenbach, CH, 19:23.45; 110, Daniel Bubar, Med, 20:49.52; 111, Forest Priestley, CH, 20:49.63; 114, Eddie McCluskey, CH, 21:25.72; 116, Nat Lawson, CH, 22:30.50; and 118, Joshua Degado, Med, 22:56.47.
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