THETFORD, Vt. — A talented trio of Midcoast high school cross-country runners grabbed their sneakers and headed south, west and smidgen north — 260 miles and about a four-and-a-half-hour drive from home — to the border of New Hampshire and Vermont on Saturday, Nov. 13 to test their chops against New England’s finest teenage distance runners.

The area student-athletes — Medomak Valley’s Connor Daigle and Camden Hills Cassie Middleton and Jenna VanRyn — certainly demonstrated their mettle, fortitude and overall toughness in the New England High School Cross-County Championships at Thetford Academy.

In retrospect, the trio more than held their own against 522 runners — 263 boys and 259 girls — over the 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) course.

Among the boys, Daigle, a Panther senior, finished 26th in 17:12:45, with an average mile time of 5:32.

Gavin Sherry, a senior from Conard, Conn., finished first in 15:54:79 (5:07 per mile time) and Aidan Puffer, a senior from Manchester, Conn., second in 16:06.12 (5:10.6).

Among the 29 boys teams, U-32 of Montpelier, Vt. finished first at 139 and LaSalle Academy of Providence, R.I. second at 162. U-32 finished with a combined team time of 1:27:08 and average runner time of 17:26 and LaSalle at 1:27:44 and 17:33.

Among the girls, Middleton, a Windjammer freshman, finished 88th in 21:46.8 (7:00.2) and VanRyan, a Windjammer sophomore, 107th, in 22:00.9 (7:04.7).

Ruth White, a sophomore from Orono, finished first in 18:44.8 (6:01.6), while Rachel St. Germaine, a senior from Somers, Conn., finished second in 19:075 (6:09).

For the 28 girls teams, New Milford in Connecticut was first at 140 and Bonny Eagle of Standish second at 208. New Milford had a team time of 1:45:06 and per runner time of 21:02, and Bonny Eagle 1:46:41 and 21:21.