Maine Boys 2020 Cross-Country All-Sophomore Team

The 2020 Maine cross-country was well beyond unique due to COVID-19, starting with a late start to the season, wave starts during meets, and of course, ending before the state meet. Despite all the changes the class of 2023 had plenty of success on the trails this fall. These five individuals below were the sophomores that we thought stood out this fall among all their peers.

Eli Palmer (Brunswick)

Palmer had an excellent sophomore season that saw him run a personal best of 16:35.30 for 5k. Eli ran to a strong fifth-place finish at the KVAC Class A South race helping the Dragons qualify for the state meet as a team. Look for even bigger things from Palmer next fall as he continues to improve.

Adam Bendetson (Scarborough)

Bendetson progressed throughout this fall ended with a personal best 17:13.01 at the SMAA Cumberland County Championship where he finished 12th to help the Red Storm to the team win. On the season he had four top-five finishes. Next fall Bendetson projects to be one of the top runners in the SMAA and will look to break the 17 minute barrier for the first time.

Charlie Collins (Hampden Academy)

Collins notched a 5k best of 17:14.03 on the season. At the KVAC Class A North race he ran to a seventh-place effort helping his Broncos squad qualify for the state meet. Collins will be one of the top runners in the KVAC next fall.

Hayden MacArthur (Greely)

MacArthur built upon a strong freshman season this fall running a personal best 17:22 for 5k. At the WMC Class B Championship, he finished seventh overall to help the Rangers win the team title, and advance to the state meet. Look for MacArthur to lead Greely next fall with three seniors ahead of him graduating.

Parker Libby (Mt Ararat)

Libby was the fifth runner for the KVAC runner-up Mt Ararat Eagles this fall finishing 19th overall in the conference championship. On the season Parker had a 5k personal best of 17:26 this fall. Look for even more from Libby next fall.