MVC XC Championship Preview

MVC XC Championship Preview

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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

Entering the meet, Schlotterbeck is still the individual favorite with Wilkins. Boothbay's Will Perkins & Owen Libby of Dirigo are strong runners along with Joe Crocker of Monmouth.

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.

Girls Preview

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.