(pictured above 2008 Class B State Champion Alex Moser of York)
Class B Boys
The Greely Rangers were the dominate team in Western Maine Class B in 2008 and will look to continue that trend in 2009. The Rangers return a strong squad, headlined by senior Mark McCauley (3rd in 2008 – 16:31.75 pictured left) & senior Logan Price (5th in 2008 -16:57.29). With two guys under 17 on the challenging Twin Brook course gives the Rangers an edge over the rest of the league. The rest of returning Greely squad is talented as well with junior Sam Johnston (11th in 2008 – 17:31.34), junior Sam Humphries (20th in 2008 – 17:39.69) & junior Conor Regan who didn't run regionals last year but was 25th at the satte meet.
Look for 2008 upstart
The Yachtsmen of Falmouth are a perennial contender in
Gardiner: 13th place in 2008. Top returner for the Tigers is sophomore Mike Tarrio (35th – 18:40.97). Gardiner moved from Eastern Class B to Western this year.
Leavitt: 6th place in 2008. Top returner is junior Keith Lemelin (30th – 18:35.33). Leavitt moved from Class B east to western maine this year.
Maranacook: 7th place in 2008, qualified for the state meet. #1 returner is senior Justin Greely (32nd - 18:16.06)
Wells: 13th place in 2008. Senior Joe Barry (65th - 20:20.37) is the top returner for the Warriors
The individual title looks like it should be a two man at the front of field this fall, with Alex Moser (York pictured below on right) the top returner (16:27.32) & Mark McCauley (Greely) the #2 returner who clocked 16:31.75 last fall. This could be quite a duel, but don’t count out McCauley’s teammate Logan Price (pictured left) who is one of the grittiest distance runners in the state. Price is more than capable of running with both Moser and McCauley, evidence by his impressive times over 3200m on the track. Tim Follo’s freshman year was superb, his 7th place finish last year was just the beginning as he went on to nab a 10th at the state meet. Running 17:06.97 as a freshman on the challenging Twin Brook gives you an idea of his talent, will he be able to take it to the next level, we will find out soon.
I can see this being a two man race with Moser and McCauley battling it out all the way down the home stretch. Moser showed the talent he had last year by finishing second then going on to win states. McCauley has the home course advantage and this being his senior year will be hungry to end up on top. Can these two run away from everyone else? Or will it be someone else ready to make a statement?
Top 15 returners
2 Moser, Alex
16:27.32 2 York
3 McCauley, Mark Greely 16:31.75 3
5 Price, Logan Greely 16:57.29 5
7 Follo, Timothy
17:06.97 7 Falmouth
8 Hall, Kenedi
17:10.19 8 Fryeburg Academy
11 Johnston, Sam Greely 17:31.34 11
12 George, Andrew
17:32.63 12 Yarmouth
14 Nickerson, Ben
17:33.74 14 Yarmouth
15 Palhof, Tristan York 17:34.69 15
16 Brigham, Peter
17:36.10 16 Cape Elizabeth
18 Eastman, Seth
17:36.65 18 Fryeburg Academy
19 Woodbury, Ben
17:37.14 19 Yarmouth
20 Humphries, Sam Greely 17:39.69 20
21 Bottomley, Thomas
17:45.92 21 Cape Elizabeth
22 Woodbury, Sam
17:53.89 22 Yarmouth
Class B Boys
The team title is wide open in Eastern Maine Class B in 2009. A handful of teams should contend for the title this fall. Also
Perennial top team Ellsworth (pictured left) will be in the mix once again. Led by 2008 runner-up Ben Chapman, the Eagles are hoping to catch the Vikings in 2009. The supporting cast is senior Dakota Hellum (26th in 2008 – 18:27.91), sophomore Steven Kirby (32nd in 2008 – 18:37.72), senior John Carlin (51st in 2008 – 19:20.24) & senior Kyle Ouelette (71st in 2008 – 20:15.76). One thing is certain Ellsworth always seems to peak at the right time, by the end of the season they’ll be right there once again.
Caribou looks like it has the talent to make it two in a row; the other teams will be chasing them this fall. History has shown never to count out Ellsworth though, or could this be a big year for MDI? What are the chances a new team emerges and surprises everyone?
Hermon: 12th place in 2008. #1 returner is senior Jared McCartney (20th – 18:34.70)
John Bapst: 9th place in 2008. Sophomore Gabe Stewart is the top runner for the Crusaders (3rd – 16:52.61). Stewart finished 12th at the state meet last fall.
Presque Isle: 12th place in 2008. Top returner is junior Logan Thibeau (36th – 18:42.67)
Winslow: 8th place in 2008, qualified for the state meet. Top returner for the Black Raiders is junior Colby Levesque (17th – 18:03.45)
Coming into 2009, senior Sam Seekins (
It looks like these three have the best shot to take the title, but whoever has done there summer training will certainly have the edge. Don’t count out senior Ryan James (
Top 15 Returners
1 Sam Seekins JR Erskine Academy 16:39.49 1 2 Ben Chapman JR Ellsworth 16:51.88 2 3 Gabe Stewart FR John Bapst 16:52.61 3 4 Ryan James JR
BelfastHigh School 17:09.26 4 5 Mike Nelson JR 17:16.52 5 6 Patrick O'Donnell JR Medomak Valley 17:18.26 6 10 Ryan Widzgowski JR Camden Hills 17:30.22 16 Evan Piccirillo SO Hampden Academy 17:32.73 16 12 Jeff Hale SO Waterville 17:34.43 11 13 Finn Bondeson JR Caribou High School 17:42.55 12 15 Tim Freme JR Caribou High School 17:50.85 14 16 Christian Sleeper SO Caribou High School 17:58.87 15 17 Colby Levesque SO Winslow High School 18:03.45 16 19 Sam Swann SO Mdi 18:07.44 18 20 True Muzzy FR Mdi 18:12.16 19 23 William Watson JR Waterville 18:23.69 22 Rockland
Class B Boys
Defending Champion Greely had a great state meet in 2008, punctuated by a 50 point win over
Despite losing their top 2 harriers to graduated 2008 state
The Wildcats of York return 6 of their top 7 harriers this fall as they looked primed to make a run at the state title. Led by defending state champion Alex Moser,
Caribou finished 7th a year ago at the state meet, they return a talented squad in 2009, with 4 of their top 7 back. Seniors Tim Freme (37th in 2008 – 17:59.54) & Finn Bonderson (42nd in 2008 - 18:07.56) along with juniors Jake Michuad (65th in 2008 – 18:39.26) & Christian Sleeper (67th in 2008 – 18:40.86) return to lead the Vikings.
The Clippers of Yarmouth are looking for another breakthrough in 2009, they finished 5th in 2008. Back are the top 5 for the Clippers led by junior Ben Nickerson (19th in 2008 – 17:29.98), juniors Andrew George (27th in 2008 – 17:41.14), & Ben Woodbury (29th in 2008 – 17:44.32 pictured left) and senior Sam Woodbury (48th in 2008 – 18:13.81) & fellow classmate Samuel Peterson (60th in 2008 – 18:29.69).
With 7 of the top 10 runners back in 2009, the individual race should be very close. Last year's champion Alex Moser (York - 16:04.73 pictured left) is going to try and repeat the feat in 2009, but he will have his hands full. Expect a strong challenge from Mark McCauley (Greely - 3rd 16:19.22) & Erskine Academy senior Sam Seekins (4th - 16:25.04 pictured right). McCauley will be running on his home course which may give him an edge. Seekins proved this spring on the track he can run with anyone, as he won both the 1600m & 3200m titles. Moser had a tremendous fall in 2008, culminating with a dominating victory at the state meet. These three could wage an epic battle at the front. If they falter look out for Greely's Logan Price (6th - 16:37.13) or Ellsworth's Ben Chapman (8th - 16:52.99) to step up to the challenge.
We should get a good idea of where Moser, McCauley & Price stand as they will race eachother a couple times before the final showdown. They will know eachother's racing styles well before states. They will also have the chance to race at Twin Brook during the year. Seekins will come in the unknown, as he may not race any of the other guys during the regular season. It should be a great battle. Can Moser repeat? or will be one of the Greely runners claiming the title of their home course? or can Seekins take them all down? Stay tuned the 2009 race for the title could be very close.
Others to watch out for
Ryan James (
Tim Follo (
Gabe Stewart (John Bapst) 12th in 2008
Team Champion: Greely
Individual Champion: Sam Seekins
Top 20 Returners
16:04.73 1 3 McCauley, Alex JR York High School Mark JR Greely High School16:19.22 3 4 Seekins, 16:25.04 4 6 Price, Sam JR Erskine Academy JR Greely High School 16:37.13 6 8 Chapman, Ben JR Ellsworth 16:52.99 8 9 James, Logan Ryan JR Belfast High School17:08.13 9 10 Follo, Timothy FR 17:08.67 10 12 Stewart, Gabe FR John Bapst 17:16.01 13 Bottomley, Thomas FR Falmouth 17:17.62 12 14 Johnston, Sam SO Greely High School 17:25.37 13 18 Nelson, Mike JR Waterville 17:29.95 19 Nickerson, Ben SO Yarmouth 17:29.98 16 20 Humphries, Sam SO Greely High School 17:30.10 17 21 O'Donnell, Cape Elizabeth 17:34.78 18 23 Eastman, Seth SO Fryeburg Academy 17:37.09 20 25 Regan, Connor SO Greely High School 17:37.62 22 27 George, Andrew SO Yarmouth 17:41.14 24 29 Woodbury, Ben SO Yarmouth 17:44.32 26 30 Hale, Jeff SO Waterville 17:47.60 31 Hall, Kenedi JR Patrick JR Medomak Valley 17:49.69 27 Fryeburg Academy