MVC XC Championship Preview
The Mountain Valley Conference XC Championship will take place on Saturday October 13th at the University of Maine at Augusta with a start time of 11am.
A year ago Boothbay won the boys team title behind individual champion Blake Erhard. On the girls side Monmouth Academy captured the league crown, while Boothbay freshman Haley Abbott was the champion
The MVC hosted it's annual preview meet back on September 19th at Boothbay. Lisbon's David Schlotterbeck took home the individual title by 9 second over Blaine Wilkins of Dirigo. In the team battle that day Lisbon edged Boothbay 59-67 for the team title.
Boys Top 10 at MVC Preview Meet on 9/19
1 David Schlotterbeck 12 Lisbon High School 18:42.80 1 2 Blaine Wilkins 10 Dirigo High School 18:51.80 2 3 Will Perkins 11 Boothbay Region High School 19:17.00 3 4 Owen Libby 10 Dirigo High School 19:45.90 4 5 Graham Harris 10 Boothbay Region High School 19:49.70 5 6 Jack Babin 12 Madison Memorial High School 20:01.70 6 7 Kyle Gunnells 12 Monmouth Academy 20:11.10 7 8 Owen Bean 11 Hall-Dale High School 20:13.40 8 9 Michael Ray 11 Lisbon High School 20:15.30 9 10 Joe Crocker 10 Monmouth Academy 20:17.30 10
Last time out Schlotterbeck scored a win on his home course as he defeated Joe Crocker of Monmouth & Perkins by 24 and 28 second respectively. A year ago Schlotterbeck didn't compete at MVC's due to injury.
Libby of Dirigo is the top returner from a year ago, he finished fourth as a freshman while Crocker 6th & Wilkins 7th are the next fastest returners. All three were freshman a year ago.
Boothbay has joined a co-op team with Wiscasett this fall and appears to be the favorite to repeat as champions. They finished 5 points in front of the Greyhounds of Lisbon in the last MVC regular season meet. The key appears to be Boothbay-Wiscasett's 5th runner Ryan Russell who finished three seconds behind Lisbon's 6th runner Max Boulet last week.
On the girls side the MVC preview meet saw Boothbay senior Faith Blethen win the preview meet for the fourth consecutive year. This fall for the second straight year her sister Glory was the runner-up. The duo expects to be at the head of the pack on Saturday.
Faith Blethen has twice on won the MVC XC Championship title, she didn't run a year ago, so she's hoping to go out on top on last time. Along with her sister they are the only harriers in the conference to run under 21 minutes for 5k this fall. Faith having a best of 20:44, while Glory's best in 20:55.
On the team side Monmouth Academy was best at MVC Preview meet as they tallied 38 points to best Boohtbay-Wiscasset by 11 points. They two teams matched up last week with almost an identical score with Monmouth scoring 38 and Boothbay-Wiscassett scoring 46. The advantage Monmouth has in their depth they put their fifth runner in before the 3rd best runner from Boothbay-Wiscassett.
1 Faith Blethen 12 Boothbay Region High School 21:35.30 1 2 Glory Blethen 10 Boothbay Region High School 22:10.40 2 3 Haley Gunn 12 Oak Hill 23:31.30 3 4 Leah Wescott Richmond High School 23:57.30 0 5 Maya Deming 11 Winthrop High School 24:04.50 4 6 Erica Dickey Richmond High School 24:11.80 0 7 Olivia Bean 10 Hall-Dale High School 24:13.30 5 8 Kaitlyn Hunt 11 Monmouth Academy 24:28.50 6 9 Amber Currie 11 Monmouth Academy 24:30.40 7 10 Lydia Roy 10 Monmouth Academy 24:44.70 8
Defending champion Hailey Abbott isn't competing this fall, so there will be a new individual champion on Saturday. Besides the aformentioned Blethen sisters look out for Monmouth Academy Kaitlyn Hunt who placed 6th a year ago, and has the third best 5k performance in the field at 21:54.
Winthrop's Maya Deming has top five potential. Deming was the runner-up a year ago, and boast a best of 22:57 on the season. Leah Wescott of Richmond is ready for a top finish, Wescott was 4th at the Preview meet and fourth in last week meet against all the top contenders.