Bangor senior Gordon Doore running his last race on his home course at Bangor High School broke the course record with his 16:08 winning effort. The race featured three of the top harriers in the state with #4 ranked Abbott Valentine, #6 ranked Daniel McCarthy and #7 ranked Doore in the Maine MileSplit Boys Watchlist.
Earlier this fall Doore and Valentine squared off on the same course on a muggy day, while McCarthy didn't race that day. With the humidity gone, leaves covered the course this time but that didn't stop a great race from unfolding.
Gordon took the pace from the start with his teammate McCarthy in toe with Valentine a few strides back in the opening meters of the race. By the time they returned to the fields for the finish Doore had opened up a ten seconds lead with 800 meters left in the race. Valentine and McCarthy both put in a strong finish to make it close at the end but couldn't catch Doore who stopped the clock first. The time improved on his previous course effort of 16:24.98. Valentine continued his strong fall improving thirty-four seconds on his last race at Bangor. McCarthy running on his home course for the first time this fall clocked a respectable 16:14.18.
The second-ranked Bangor boys showed they will be a top contender for the Class A state titles in November as they toppled Hampden Academy 21-41 while their top five runners averaged 16:51 for 5k.
Top 5 Finishers Complete Results
1 Gordon Doore SR Bangor High School 16:08.81 1 2 Abbott Valentine JR Hampden Academy 16:11.71 2 3 Daniel McCarthy JR Bangor High School 16:14.18 3 4 James Fahey SR Bangor High School 16:47.71 4 5 Fritz Oldenburg JR Bangor High School 17:06.18 5