The long, 100-plus mile trip up Interstate 95 from Auburn to Bangor was well worth it Saturday for the Edward Little girls and boys.
Aroostook County championship meet
Orono girls again appear to be favored in Class C
In the case of Mattanawcook Academy junior Cayden Spencer-Thompson, he slowly continues to round into championship form as the PVC regular season winds down.
Orono girls, MDI boys victorious at Bangor
Brewer boys, Hampden girls triumph
Brewer girls, Hampden boys win "BIRC" invitational
MDI boys, girls cruise; Mattanawcook's Spencer-Thompson shines
Brewer earns sweep of PVC meet
Bangor girls, Hermon boys victorious
Ellsworth boys, Central girls earn Week 2 team victories
MDI boys cruise; Central, John Bapst girls tie
Old Town boys, girls claim season-opening meet
Hampden boys claim season-opener; Bangor, Hampden girls finish in tie
Brewer girls, Caribou boys win PVC season-opening meet at Brewer
The Lewiston, Ellsworth and Orono boys all ran to team titles at the Eastern Maine regional championships at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on Saturday afternoon. With cool skies and a steady breeze hovering over the Midcoast, it turned out to be a great day for racing as a lot of fast times were posted amongst the three races. Ellsworth's Dan Curts and Lewiston's Mohamed Mohamed both returned from injury to lead their respective schools to the top of the podium. Curts, Mt. Blue's Josh Horne and Matthew Toussaint of Fort Kent ran to individual crowns. Eighteen teams and 90 individuals punched tickets to the state championships. Check out how your favorite runners and teams did below!
The Brunswick, Mount Desert Island and Orono girls ran to team championships at the Eastern Maine championship meet at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast on Saturday. With a fast, dry course and a dry day, there were plenty of fast times, with Ellsworth's Aleta Looker setting the standard, covering the course in 18 minutes, 84.85 seconds. Cony's Anna Guadalupi and Washburn's Carsyn Koch were the other individual champions. Check out where your favorite teams and individuals finished.
Preview of the Eastern Maine championship meets on the girls' side. Check out which teams and individuals will stand on top of the podium in Belfast on Saturday. Defending champions are Hampden Academy in Class A, Mount Desert Island in Class B and Washburn in Class C. MDI and Washburn are prohibitive favorites to retain their crowns, while Hampden, the KVAC champion, will have stiff competition from Brunswick. Aleta Looker, Carsyn Koch, Tia Tardy, Teresa Murphy, Tessa Cassidy, Elizabeth LaBun and Anna Guadalupi are some of the top individuals.
It was a picture-perfect day at Hermon High School for the Penobscot Valley Conference championship meets Saturday afternoon. The Ellsworth boys and MDI girls claimed the large-school championships while the Orono boys and girls made it a clean sweep in the small school competition. Check out the recap below, and stay tuned for videos of winners Aleta Looker and Brayden Beardsley of Ellsworth. MDI and Ellsworth repeated their large-school titles and will be looking to do the same in the Eastern Maine championships in Belfast next weekend.
The Penobscot Valley Conference championships will be held Saturday at Hermon High School. Check out who might emerge as the top teams and individuals. The Ellsworth and Orono boys and MDI and Orono girls claimed the team championships a year ago.
Josef Holt-Andrews of Telstar shattered the course record at the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions Saturday, while Bonny Eagle's Kialeigh Marston, the Lewiston boys and MDI girls also topped the podium. Over 70 teams, including two from Rhode Island, two from Canada and one from Vermont, and more than 1,600 runners participated in this mid-season invitational.
Preview story on the Maine XC Festival of Champions, scheduled to be run in Belfast on Saturday. Approximately 75 teams and 1,692 runners are expected to compete. The MDI girls and Cumberland, R.I. boys are defending champions and are both returning, as is Ellsworth's Dan Curts, the reigning boys' champ. With 2012 girls winner Bethanie Brown now at Iowa State University, we'll have a new girls' champion. And there's quite a few contenders.
These are the moments that high school runners dream of from the moment preseason practices begin in August. Plenty of blood, sweat and tears have been poured into numerous cross country trails throughout the state over the last 2 and a half months, and those efforts will culminate for Maine’s top schoolgirl individuals and teams on Twin Brook Recreation Area’s challenging 3.1-mile course this weekend, when state championships are up for grabs. Read more of the girls preview....
Before this fall, Camden Hills and Washburn weren't known as cross country powers, as the Windjammers didn't win a race as a team in 2010, while the Beavers didn't even have a squad prior to last fall. Fans of both programs had plenty to celebrate Saturday, as Camden Hills edged Mount Desert Island to claim the Class B championship while Washburn breezed to its first-ever Class C crown on a cool, crisp afternoon at Troy Howard Middle School. MDI and Camden Hills entered Saturday's action ranked 2-3 in the coaches' poll, and the Windjammers took advantage of their strength up front, as Brittany Bowman and Willow Parker finished second and third to thwart the Trojans' strong pack and post a 51-52 victory. Click to read more...
Abbey Leonardi & Matt McClintock repeated at the 10th annual Festival of Champions @ Belfast today in some tough conditiond. Leonardi clocked 18:16 to win the girls seeded race, while McClintock took the boys race in 16:08. Falmouth boys used a strong pack to take the boys team title, while MDI showed it'll be the team to beat in Class B the rest of the year as they dominated the girls team competition.
OLD TOWN- Thee high school cross country season is nearing its halfway point, and some of Eastern Maine's top individuals and teams are starting to distance themselves from the pack. If the results of Saturday's Sectional Invitational at Old Town High School are any indication of how the Class B postseason will shape up, there will be some very exciting racing come mid-October. The Caribou boys showed they haven't lost a step in defending their state championship, as the Vikings claimed team honors along with the MDI girls on a cloudy, sticky afternoon.
The Murray Keatinge Cross Country Invitational, which has been a staple at the University of Maine for nearly two decades, will not be run this year, Black Bears head coach Mark Lech said. (via Bangor Daily News Sports)
Runners are certainly some of the more well-rounded athletes you’ll find in any sport. I, as you may all know, am one of them, having jumped right into the journalism fire after enjoying a great high school career at Brewer High School, and still find time to run 40 to 50 miles a week even while holding down my many reporting responsibilities at the Bangor Daily News, and on this Web site. Melody Lam is a fine example of a renaissance athlete. Lam, a Mt. Blue senior who won her second consecutive Eastern Maine Class A cross country championship in Belfast last weekend in 19 minutes, 37 seconds over 5,000 meters, and she’ll look for another effort against even stronger competition at the state meet at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.
(Runners from Class A Eastern Maine Regional fly off the starting line- photo by Glendon Rand) BELFAST -- As we all know, every great drama has its subplots. Caribou and Ellsworth have shone brightly on the biggest of cross country stages this decade, with a lot of Eastern Maine drama coming out of this Class B rivarly over the years. But, joining the cast this fall was old PVC rival Hampden Academy, which dropped down from Class A, making for an even thicker Class B plot at Troy Howard Middle School Saturday.
(Lead Pack during Class B Eastern Maine Regionals - photo by Glendon Rand) BELFAST - After a monsoon blew through the Pine Tree State last weekend, it was a perfect day to run in midcoast Maine Saturday as Eastern Maine's best gathered at Troy Howard Middle School here for the regional championships.