High school cross country

Medomak Valley girls, Daigle race in state Class B championships

Panther girls ninth, Daigle, Parent, Blasius finish among top 35
By Staff | Nov 03, 2019
Photo by: Zack Miller Medomak Valley's Emily Mahoney, middle, runs on Nov. 2 in the state Class B cross-country championships at Twin Brook in Cumberland.

Cumberland — Eight Medomak Valley cross-country runners enjoyed strong performances in the state Class B high school championship meet on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Twin Brook.

The Panther girls finished ninth.

Medomak Valley distance athletes who participated in the event were Olivia Parent, Serena Blasius, Mackenzie Emerson, Emily Mahoney, Laci Peavey, Jayla Robinson, Kassi Soule and Connor Daigle.

Watch video and see more photos below.

There were 104 girls and 113 boys who started journeys over the 3.1-mile, or 5-kilometer, course.

For the girls, Cape Elizabeth's Lila Gaudrault finished first at 19:19.62 and teammate Charlotte DeGeorge second at 20:07.87.

For the Panthers, Parent finished 31st (21:58.79), Blasius 35th (22:17.24), Emerson 40th (22:28.93), Mahoney 54th (22:58.27), Peavey 94th (26:06.40), Robinson 99th (27:33.52) and Soule 100th (28:41.32).

In the boys race, Cape Elizabeth's Jack Bassett was first at 16:40.53, while Lincoln Academy's Jarrett Gulden was second at 16:42.17.

For the Panthers, Daigle finished 31st (18:06.12).

The state Class B girls team results were: Greely of Cumberland 71, Mount Desert Island 79, Cape Elizabeth 85, York 139, Freeport 149, Yarmouth 152, Poland 167, Ellsworth 205, Medomak Valley 206, Caribou 228, Winslow 256 and Hermon 311.

The state Class B boys team results were: Greely 65, York 83, Mount Desert Island 99, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 111, Cape Elizabeth 139, Caribou 172, Hermon 184, Freeport 195, Wells 208, Yarmouth 243, Ellsworth 268, Belfast 327, Erskine Academy of South China 357, Old Town 373 and Lawrence of Fairfield 394.

When the meet was rescored to include all classes to determine New England qualifiers, which included the top 25 individuals and six teams, Falmouth's Sofie Matson was first at 17:52.02 among 299 girls, while Parent was 89th, Blasius 110th, Emerson 123rd, Mahoney 155th, Peavey 274th,  Robinson 287th and Soule 290th.

Medomak Valley, also the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B champions and recipients of the Maine Principals' Association Class B North Good Sportsmanship Banner, finished 25th among 35 teams among Classes A, B and C squads.

After the rescore for the boys, Mount Ararat's Lisandro Berry-Gaviria was first at  15:51.76, while Daigle finished 82nd among 349.

Veteran Panther coach George Gould, also the league's top 2019 Class B coach (11th time he has won the league's top honor in three different sports), said his girls squad came to the front this season due to specific factors.

"The girls learned to run with a purpose that was more than just where each one would place," he said. "They ran as a 'team.' When one of them would be a little off the others collectively make up for it. Just really a group that practiced hard and ran with girt and determination. I think after the [Festival of Champions] meet they saw the potential to have a magical season. In all of timed work during practices they just got better every day. Them being awarded the sportsmanship banner was very meaningful honor. Great group of student-athletes."

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State cross-country championships
State high school cross-country championships on Nov. 2 at Twin Brook in Cumberland. (Video by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Olivia Parent. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Olivia Parent. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Olivia Parent. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Serena Blasius. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Serena Blasius. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Serena Blasius. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Mackenzie Emerson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Mackenzie Emerson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Emily Mahoney. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Emily Mahoney. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Laci Peavey. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Jayla Robinson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Jayla Robinson. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Kassi Soule. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Kassi Soule. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Connor Daigle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Connor Daigle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Connor Daigle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
Medomak Valley's Connor Daigle. (Photo by: Zack Miller)
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