Rapolla-19:45/Earl-17:10 win at Gorham

        Mia Rapolla continued her dominance in her first season of xc, as she led the Gorham Rams to victory in a SMAA regular season tilt held at the Narragansett XC course against Deering & Sanford. Rapolla led all finishers across the line in 19:45, she was followed by her teammate Rachel Wilkinson, who also ran broke 20 minutes, when she clocked 19:59. Cracking into the top 3 was sophomore Ella Ramonas  (Deering) who ran 20:38. In 4th was another Gorham runner, senior Kelsey Rex (21:23), while Sanford's #1 runner Jill Porter ran toa  5th place finish (22:00).

  With their top 7 finishing in the top 10 Gorham dominated the team competition, and showed the rest of the league they have the strength up front and  strong pack to support it. Gorham is getting better and better each week.


    On the boys side it was all Rams at the front of pack, as junior Jeremey Earl, junior Logan Marshall and Adam Hawkes were 1-2-3 at the mile which was hit in 5:07. Earl and Marshall would stay together throughout much of the race.

       At the 2 mile mark Earl held a slight two second lead as he crossed in 10:46 (5:39 2nd mile), with sights of a sub 17 clocking withing his reach, Marshall was just two clicks back in 10:48, while Hawkes was still safely in 3rd, hitting 10:56 for 2 miles.

     Earl would remain in front as the runners emerged out of the woods and sprinted for home, Earl stopped the clock with a fast 17:10, with Marshall collecting a lifetime best 17:14 for 2nd. Hawkes would also hit a personal best 17:27 for 3rd. Deering took the next 3 spots with Tom Dean in 4th (18:19), Sean Perry in 5th (18:23) and Joe Luka in 6th (18:37).

   Teamwise Gorham placed 6 runners in the top 10 finishers to take the win with ease over Deering and Sanford. Gorham is a team on the rise, with a very strong top 3, with an emerging pack behind them, watchout for the Rams.