Windjammers, Mariner compete in prestigious New England championshipsCamden Hills girls finish 22nd among 30 teams
Cumberland — For one Midcoast team and a few qualifying individuals, the final high school cross-country races of the year proved the most competitive to date over the weekend at the New England championships at the Twin Brooks Recreation Area.
The Camden Hills girls, who won the Eastern Class B championship three weeks ago and finished second in the state meet two weeks ago, were among the 30 girls teams that competed for the distinction of being named the best team in the Northeast.
In the end, it was a pair of schools from the smallest state in New England that provided the day's most impressive performances.
Bishop Hendricksen High School of Warwick, R.I. (85 points) won the boys team championship, while Barrington High School of Barrington, R.I. (75 points) claimed the girls title.
The Camden Hills girls (198 points) finished 22nd among 30 teams.
Waterville's Bethanie Brown, the KVAC Class B runner of the year and individual winner of both the regional and state Class B championship races, finished seventh (19:18.60) among 265 runners and was the top Maine finisher in the girls race.
Telstar's Josef Holt Andrews was the top Maine finisher in the boys race, placing fifth (16:28.47) among 266 runners.
Camden Hills' Ben Trapani, the only Midcoast male to qualify for the New England race, finished 62nd (17:29.01). Windjammer Bethany Bowman was the top local female finisher with a 24th-place finish (19:58.11), while Oceanside's Abby Hersom finished 106th (21:10.85)
The local finishers in the girls race were: 24, Bowman, CH, 19:58.11; 106, Hersom, Ocean, 21:10.85; 145, Hannah Brownawell, CH, 21:35.60; 157, Samantha Morse, CH, 21:44.10; 183, Emily Lopez, CH, 22:07.84; 227, Ella Scott, CH, 23:00.10; 246, Jacqueline Russell, CH, 23:41.95; and 253, Lily Kassen, CH, 24:12.91.
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