Throwback Thursday: Morris Outkicks Ladd for 2011 XC Title

Throwback Thursday: Nick Morris Out Kicks Harlow Ladd for 2011 Class A XC Title

Today we throw it back to the 2011 Boys Class A cross country championship where we saw an unbelievable come from behind victory by Scarborough's Nick Morris

Morris won his second straight Class A title with a .02 second victory over Harlow Ladd of Messalonskee as he came from behind using a strong kick over the final 50 meters to snatch the victory.

Ladd got off to a great start as he lead the pack as they headed into the woods at Twin Brook for the first time, by the mile mark Harlow held a seven second lead over Morris.

Ladd continued to lead at 2 mile, but Morris has broken away from the chase pack and was just a few seconds back of the leader with little over a mile to go.

Morris would take the lead during the final loop but when he did he slowed the pace down, Ladd re-passed him going up the pain cave as the two set up for a dramatic kick.

As the runner's emerged at the top of slope coming down to the finish line, Ladd continued to lead with the same gap as he had at two miles over Morris. The duo continued to push to the finish line , and even 30 meters out from the finish it looked as if Ladd had enough.

Morris dug deep over the final meters, and surprised Ladd at the finish line with a timely lean. The finishing results would show just how close it was, 16:46.81 to 16:46.83.

Both athletes showed great class in post race interviews. Morris said that he didn't think he was going to catch Ladd as he was running out of room.

"When we got to line, I leaned, I don't think he thought I was that close." Morris said.

Ladd said he though he had the race however he admitted.

"I know I'm going to regret this for my whole life, I slowed up at the very end." Ladd told us post race.

Harlow would go on to win the 2 mile indoor title setting a Class A record 9:21.87, he would finish fourth at the New England Championship, and then ran 9:16.40 at the New Balance Indoor National meet. Outdoors he would switch focus to the 1600m where he won the Class A title, and was All-New England running a 4:22.32 best.

Ladd would go on to compete for Purdue University, he is now in medical school studying to become a doctor.

Morris unfortunately came down with a nagging injury that curtailed the rest of his senior season, although he was able to run at the state meet and help the Red Storm eek out a win by .01 of a second win in 4x200 that propelled Scarborough to a 1 point team victory. 

Nick attended the Naval Academy, and is now a pilot in the Navy.


  1 Nick Morris               SR Scarborough           16:46.81    1
  2 Harlow Ladd               SR Messalonskee          16:46.83    2
  3 Chris Dunn                SR Kennebunk             16:58.01    3
  4 Benson Worthington        SR Brunswick             16:58.94    4
  5 Cameron Nadeau            JR Biddeford             17:05.38
  6 Andy Reifman-Packett      SR Mt. Ararat            17:16.83    5
  7 Mohamed Barre             JR Lewiston              17:27.44    6
  8 Keegan Brennan            SR Windham High School   17:30.32    7
  9 Justin Tracy              JR Mt. Blue              17:32.41
 10 Andrew Closson            SR Hampden Academy       17:32.63    8
 11 Justin LeClair            SR Edward Little         17:35.24
 12 Jonathan Stanhope         SO Bangor High School    17:40.52    9
 13 Bryant Perkins            SR Sanford High School   17:43.94
 14 Darryl Wilkinson          SR South Portalnd        17:45.65   10
 15 Thomas Salamone           SR South Portalnd        17:46.53   11
 16 Nathan Mackenzie          SO Mt. Ararat            17:46.59   12
 17 Thomas Dean               SR Deering High School   17:51.13   13
 18 Jamie Ross                SO Brunswick             17:53.39   14
 19 Mohamed Awil              JR Lewiston              17:53.99   15
 20 Cody Vachon               JR Massabesic            17:54.60   16

Morris interview after the race

Ladd's post race interview