Sandreuter dominates, Curts repeats, MDI Girls 3 peat, Cape Boys repeat in Class B

Sandreuter dominates, Curts repeats, MDI Girls 3 peat, Cape Boys repeat in Class B

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Girls Recap

While she was in the pool and on the bike for 3 weeks recovering from a achilles injury, Greely senior Kirstin Sandreuter, had to be thinking what if I can't get healthy?

The diminutive runner worked tirelessly in both endeavors, and the body healed just in time. Last weekend Sandreuter returned in her first race since the September 28th at the Manchester Invitational, to easily win the Western Maine XC Regional in impressive fashion.

With that race under her belt, you could see the confidence was back after the race for Kirstin

Fast forward to Saturday's Class B State meet, once the gun went off, that confidence carried over as Sandreuter went right to the front of the race and never looked back.

Sandreuter was followed by Ellsworth senior Aleta Looker for the first 800m of the race, but at the mile the gap had opened to 10 seconds.

A 5:42 first mile is daunting on the notoriously tough Twin Brook course, but Kirstin was on a mission to win her first individual state xc title. Looker was well under 6 minutes, followed by Heather Evans of York & Brittany Bowman (Camden Hills) who were another 20 seconds back.

The MDI duo of Isabel Erickson & Waylon Henggeler were running together in 5th & 6th place

Sandreuter continued pushing the relentess pace through 2 miles in 11:50 further opening up her lead. Looker remained in second place running well, Erickson & Henggeler were up to 3rd & 4th, with the 2011 state champion Bowman a few steps behind in 5th. Evans was running 6th with Amanda Boyd of John Bapst moving up to 7th. Yarmouth senior Caitlin Teare was in a pack of runners leading the way in 8th, followed by Freeport's Sydney Ambrose in 9th & Hannah Despres of Marancook in 10th.

The final mile would be a victory lap of sorts of Sandreuter as she continued to pour on the pace, the cheers were loud as she emerged on the top of the finishing straight, running hard all the way to the finish line. The end result was a 18:37.96 effort, a personal best on her home course in her final race. The time is the 5th fastest ever on the Twin Brook course, pretty good for someone who missed 3 weeks of running due to injury.

Kirstin's winning effort was 57 seconds faster than the next female runner in the overall results.

Looker of Ellsworth would finish 1:12 later with a fine 19:49.33 performance, good for the state runner-up, overall her time was 4th fastest overall.

Not much changed in the top 10 in the final mile, Erickson & Henggeler finished together in 3rd & 4th giving MDI two low sticks, Bowman was next to round out top 5.

Freshman Lydia Dacortte had a great last mile moving past several runners to finish 6th, 20:50.57, she was followed by Ambrose in 7th.

In 8th place was Evans (20:59), with Caitlin Teare 9th (21:02) & Despres rounded out the top 10 (21:05)

MDI has been the best team in Maine for 3 years, they rise to the occasion in the big meets, and Saturday was no exception. The Trojans the two-time defending state champions once again showed they are the gold standard in girls xc. Behind the 3-4 finish of Erickson & Henggeler, and 6th place of Dacortte, they had just 13 points through 3 runners. Caroline Driscoll added a top twenty finish with her 19th place effort, and rounding out the scoring 5 was Erin White in 22nd. Also running for MDI was Olivia Erickson (33rd) & Maggie Painter (51st).

The 49 points gave MDI a convincing 41 point victory over runner-up Freeport

When you figure that Maggie Painter was the top runner for MDI before dealing with illness the last month of the season, shows how deep and talented this team and program has become. While the Trojans will be graduating the Erickson sisters and Painter, 4 of the top 5 today will be back next fall. The juggernaut known as MDI girl XC isn't going anywhere as they will look to add a 4th straight title next fall.

Freeport the Western Maine champion from last week, earned the state runner-up honors edging Greely 90-93. The Falcons were paced by 4 seniors, Sydney Ambrose 7th, Elly Bengtsson 13th & nina Davenport 17th, Bethanie Knighton 23rd.

Greely rebounded from a 3rd place finish in the WM regional last week to finish just 3 points off the state runner-up, they got the win from Sandreuter and a huge 11th place finish from Emily Mason.

Yarmouth finished 4th (155) with Cape Elizabeth rounding out the top 5 (165)


Boys Recap

The anticpated duel for the Class B Boys state team title lived up to its billing on Saturday.

Cape Elizabeth entered as the defending Class B champions, and were coming off a dominating win in the Western Maine Regional, they have been ranked among to top teams in Maine all season long

Ellsworth entered as the Eastern Maine Regional championship, a title that was won with 23 points, and 5 runners in the top 9.

As the gun went off it was apparent that these two teams meant business as each of the teams runners got near the front of the pack

Defending individual champion Dan Curts of Ellsworth was setting the pace with Cape's Liam Simpson on his shoulder with a large pack behind them.

A 5:08 first mile saw Curts taking the lead with Simpson, Brayden Beardley (Ellsworth) & Will Shafer (GNG) a step behind.

The second pack about 2-3 second back of the leaders contained Peter Doane (Cape), Chris Cote (Waterville), Ben Trapani (Camden Hills) & Robert Looker (Ellsworth)

Ellsworth set the early tone as they had 5 runners with Cape's #4 runner with 2 miles remaining.

During mile 2, the Eagles still remained comfortably ahead as they hit the finger loop in the B loop. Ellsworth was running 1,3,6,16,18 at that point, good for 44 team points not considering displacemnt, while Cape had 59 team points was running 2,5,10,15,27

At two miles Curts had pulled ahead by 7 seconds on Simpson, with Beardlsey now leading the chase pack with Shafer & Doane behind him

The final mile would see Cape make a hard charge as they tried to catch the Eagles of Ellsworth

Curts would go on to repeat as the individual champion as he ran the fastest time of the day 16:09. A very strong effort considering he has been dealing with hamstring issues since the Manchester invitational . He has been unable to do any running workouts since that point, his win shows the immense talent that he has.

Simpson would hold on to runner-up spot as he ran a strong 16:19, Beardsley was next running 16:26, capping off an outstanding senior season, a year ago he placed 18th running 17:34. Shafer was next, the Dartmouth bound senior ran a Twin Brook best of 16:32, they were followed by Doane, 16:37. This marked the 3rd top 10 state meet finish for Doane.

Yarmouth Braden Becker closed well over the final mile to finish 6th, 16:54, he was followed by Ellsworth #3 runner Robert Looker, 16:58, with Cape #3 Mitch Morris next in 8th, 17:00. Morris a newcomer to XC this fall has excelled during the championship meets.

Waterville junior Chris Cote was 9th, 17:03.05 with Freeport sophomore Chandler Vincent rounding out the top 10 (17:03.14)

Ellsworth & Cape each put 3 runners among the top 8, showing the dominance of those two teams, the team title would be decided in the late stages of the race. Cape's #4 Kyle Kennedy despite almost passing out in the last mile, gutted his way to a 12th place finish, Ellsworth's Frank King was the 4th Eagle across the line in 20. Through 4 runners the team scores were Ellsworth 29, Cape 29.

Senior Julian Pelzer finished strong down the stretch to nab 27th, he was 24th a week ago at WM Regional, his strong close gave Cape the edge, and a state title repeat. Cooper Holmes rounded out Ellsworth's scorers with a 37th place finish.

In the end Cape pulled out the 49-61 win over Ellsworth. The teams finished 1st & 3rd in the overall combined results

York (128) finished 3rd followed by two more Western Maine teams Freeport (152) & Gray New Gloucester (166)

Dan Curts of Ellsworth repeated as the Class B Boys Individual champion, Curts ran 16:09.22


Boys Top 20 Individuals

  1 Dan Curts                 SR Ellsworth             16:09.22    1
  2 Liam Simpson              SR Cape Elizabeth        16:19.45    2
  3 Brayden Beardsley         SR Ellsworth             16:26.79    3
  4 Will Shafer               SR GNG                   16:32.00    4
  5 Peter Doane               SR Cape Elizabeth        16:37.64    5
  6 Braden Becker             SR Yarmouth              16:54.28    6
  7 Robert Looker             SR Ellsworth             16:58.76    7
  8 Mitch Morris              JR Cape Elizabeth        17:00.26    8
  9 Chris Cote                JR Waterville            17:03.05    9
 10 Chandler Vincent          SO Freeport              17:03.14   10
 11 Ben Trapani               SR Camden Hills          17:10.76   11
 12 Kyle Kennedy              JR Cape Elizabeth        17:30.65   12
 13 Jason Stevenson           SR Maranacook            17:32.98   13
 14 Patrick Carty             SO Fryeburg Academy      17:38.51
 15 Connor Wagner             SR John Bapst            17:38.75   14
 16 Erik Dodge                SR Erskine Academy       17:39.30   15
 17 Harrison Knowlton         JR Leavitt               17:39.96
 18 Ben Garcia                SO GNG                   17:47.42   16
 19 Alexander Brockelman      SO York High School      17:48.62   17
 20 Frank King                SR Ellsworth             17:49.51   18

Boys top 5 Teams

Cape Elizabeth repeated as the boys team champion as they came from behind in the final half mile to edge Ellsworth 49-61

  1 Cape Elizabeth High Schoo    49    2    5    8   12   22   54   55
      Total Time:  1:25:32.02
         Average:    17:06.41
   2 Ellsworth High School        61    1    3    7   18   32   74   95
      Total Time:  1:25:58.31
         Average:    17:11.67
   3 York High School            128   17   21   26   29   35   37   57
      Total Time:  1:31:11.59
         Average:    18:14.32
   4 Freeport High School        152   10   24   30   39   49   56   81
      Total Time:  1:31:46.35
         Average:    18:21.27
   5 Gray-New Glouster High Sc   166    4   16   33   50   63   76   83
      Total Time:  1:31:35.06
         Average:    18:19.02


Girls Top 20 Individuals

Kirsten Sandreuter of Greely HS easily won her first individal xc state title as she ran the fastest time of the day, 18:37.96


  1 Kirstin Sandreuter        SR Greely High School    18:37.96    1
  2 Aleta Looker              SR Ellsworth             19:49.33    2
  3 Isabel Erickson           SR Mt Desert             20:13.38    3
  4 Waylon Henggeler          JR Mt Desert             20:17.63    4
  5 Brittany Bowman           SR Camden Hills          20:36.30    5
  6 Lydia Dacorte             FR Mt Desert             20:50.57    6
  7 Sydney Ambrose            SR Freeport              20:55.98    7
  8 Heather Evans             SR York High School      20:59.12    8
  9 Caitlin Teare             JR Yarmouth              21:02.37    9
 10 Hannah Despres            JR Maranacook            21:05.82   10
 11 Emily Mason               JR Greely High School    21:08.31   11
 12 Malia Cryan               FR York High School      21:08.35   12
 13 Elly Bengtsson            SR Freeport              21:11.24   13
 14 Amanda Boyd               FR John Bapst            21:12.27   14
 15 Hayley Lawrence           JR Ellsworth             21:15.17   15
 16 Abby Hersom               SR Oceanside             21:16.28
 17 Nina Davenport            SR Freeport              21:16.70   16
 18 Julia Labbe               FR Leavitt               21:26.62
 19 Caroline Driscoll         JR Mt Desert             21:26.68   17
 20 Emma Shedd                FR Cape Elizabeth        21:26.68   18


Girls top 5 Teams

 The MDI Girls were once again the class of the field in Class B, as they easily won their 3 team title in a row.

1 Mt Desert Island High Sch    49    3    4    6   17   19   28   42
      Total Time:  1:44:29.50
         Average:    20:53.90
   2 Freeport High School         90    7   13   16   20   34   63   70
      Total Time:  1:47:28.46
         Average:    21:29.70
   3 Greely High School           93    1   11   22   23   36   39   66
      Total Time:  1:45:50.64
         Average:    21:10.13
   4 Yarmouth High School        155    9   25   29   43   49   68   84
      Total Time:  1:51:01.75
         Average:    22:12.35
   5 Cape Elizabeth High Schoo   165   18   31   33   38   45   57   64
      Total Time:  1:51:35.69
         Average:    22:19.14