Defending champion Sofie Matson talks about coming back from injury and her goals for 2018.
The top ten returners from 2017 are all back which should make for a very competitive state meet if all stay healthy in 2018.
Leading the pack is defending champion Sofie Matson of Falmouth who had a tremendous freshman campaign that saw her go undefeated against Maine runners. She was the only one to break 19 minutes at Twin Brook a year ago with her winning effort of 18:41.60, 37 seconds better than runner-up Augusta Stockman.
Speaking of Stockman she teamed with Grace Iltis to lead the Camden Hills Windjammers to the Class A team title in 2017, the duo finished second and third respectively in the state meet. Stockman went abroad in the spring, and Iltis has been recovery from an injury that cost her the outdoor season. If they return to form they might be the best 1-2 in the state.
Greely senior Carolyn Todd was 4th last year running 19:26.64, she has shown great consistency in her first three years finishing second as a freshman, and fourth the last two years at the state meet.
Senior Malaika Pasch is healthy, and that is a good thing for the Yachtsmen. Pasch won the state title two years as a sophomore. She dealt with injuries last fall but came on strong at the end of the year to finish fifth in the state meet.
Bonny Eagle's Ami Beaumier is a real threat after placing sixth a year ago. Beaumier was the 2 mile indoor champion, and the 3200 champion outdoors on the track, and will look to finish off her senior year with her best finish in XC.
Sophomore Karley Piers is part of the strong top three for the Yachtsmen, she was seventh as a freshman in 2017, and is looking to run even better this fall.
Senior Kayla Raymond is part of a strong Bonny Eagle Scots team, she finished eighth a year ago running 19:49.62.
Looking at teams Camden Hills is the favorite to defend their title if they are healthy, the Windjammers cruised through 2017 and easily won the state title. Falmouth has perhaps the best top three in the state, what will they have behind their "big three" will be the difference maker. Bonny Eagle has the talent to contend as well, and they will be adding in one of the top freshman in the state as well. Greely can never been counted out, and Mt Ararat figures to have the talent to make a run at it in 2018.