Falmouth Boys/Girls win meet @ Royal River Park

On a day when most meets around the state, this three-way meet went off smoothly with an individual in each race from the new Merriconeag Waldorf team. The boys race started in a light rain at Royal River Park. St. Dom's John Trott took the early lead, getting a 50 yard lead in the first half mile. He was followed by a pack of Falmouth runners, closing the gap by the mile mark. By the second mile, five Yachtsmen had moved into the front, led by seniors Jamey Epstein and Scott Gardner. Trott continued to battle with Falmouth's Conor McGrory to the finish. Falmouth finished with the first five and nine of the top ten runners, led by Epstein (17:27), Gardner, freshman Tim Follo and junior Charlie Swerdlow. Kyle Weeks rounded out the scoring, followed by the Saints' Trott and McGrory. The Yachtsmen earned a 15-58-70 victory over NYA and St. Dom's. The Panthers were led by Chris Meixell (18:21) in 11th. Merriconeag's Samuelson finished in 38th (20:48). 62 runners finished under progressively colder and wetter conditions. Timing issues make some of the top times question marks.

The girls race went off on schedule as the rain picked up. A crowd of St. Dom's and NYA runners led the way with Falmouth's pack of ten trailing for the first mile. The Saints' Carolyn Joseph led the way for nearly two miles, trailed by Maggie Meixell, Maeve Stier and Eliza Gercke from NYA. As the runners approached the two-mile mark, Falmouth's top seven caught the lead pack. Joseph responded and the eight runners set off into the final loop. The St. Dom's runner fought the rest off as the rain grew heavy. The course was growing muddier but she strode lightly toward the finish, earning a four-second victory in 22:21; the Falmouth pack of seven finishing in 22:25, led by senior Ellen Hassett and freshman Emily Rand. Falmouth earned a 20-53-65 victory over St. Dom's and NYA. Meixell led the Panthers in 10th place (22:45) while Merriconeag's Perkins earned 21st place in (24:45).