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Boys Junior/Senior Recap
Daniel McCarthy made the the two hour trip down from Bangor well worth it with his dominating performance on Saturday. The senior opened with a blistering 4:38 mile, and from there ran alone over the next 2.1 miles as he stopped the clock at 15:28, the second fastest time ever in meet history. Given that the fog had burned off and the temperatures rose from the low 60's to the upper 70's before the race, McCarthy's performance was eye opening.
"I just tried to keep the hammer down and keep the fast pace as long as could" McCarthy commented about the blistering pace
The hammer was down the whole race as the margin of victory for Dan was thirty-seven seconds over a field that featured four other harriers ranked in the MileSplit Maine top ten individual rankings.
Behind McCarthy, Biddeford senior Chris Walton used his kick to get by Calvin Cummings of Gorham to finish as the runner-up in a personal best with his 16:05 effort. Cummings set a course personal best of 16:08 in finishing third.
Cape Elizabeth senior Owen Patry had a breakthrough race to finish fourth, Patry set a personal best of 16:24.46 to finish just in front of Falmouth senior Logan Ross 16:24.90. Andrew Keene of Kennebunk had a solid race to place sixth in 16:35.21. Scarborough's Zach Barry who was the only one to go with McCarthy during the first mile, held on to finish seventh in 16:47 while Cape Elizabeth senior Vaughn Lindenau was eighth in 16:49. South Portland's Jacob Ramos used a strong kick to place ninth, while Poland senior Jake Twigg rounded out the top ten.
Delaney Hesler was the pre-race favorite and from the gun she ran like it throughout the junior/senior race at the Fleet Feet Classic
"I wanted to lead from the gun, and go as fast a could," Hesler said of her race plan.
Hesler led wire to wire as she finished in a strong 18:26. Given that the weather changed right before the race the conditions were not favorable to running a sub 18 minute time which she was aiming for.
"It was a good day, the team did really well," the senior said post-race.
Behind her teammate Emmaline Pendleton battled Bangor's Megan Randall pulling ahead with 300 meters left in the race. Pendleton ran the second fastest time of her career with a 18:54, while the trip down from Bangor for Randall proved to be worth it as well as she cracked the 19 minute barrier with her 18:59.55 effort.
Annabelle Brooks of Cheverus who ran with the second pack for most of the race was fourth in 19:28 while Thornton Academy senior Jaz Vanderhoof was fifth in 19:50. Marshwood junior Addie Fuller was sixth in 20:09 then came Bonny Eagle senior Hannah Stevens in 20:24 for seventh.
Elisabeth Loranger of Gorham ran 20:27 for eighth while Alana Nataluk of Fryeburg Academy finished ninth running 20:37. Rounding out the top ten was Marshwood senior Catie McClellan who clocked 20:43.
Girls Freshman/Sophomore Recap
In the first race of the day, a fog greeted the freshman/sophomore girls race, once the gun went off it was a pair of sophomores at the front of the pack as Sarah McClellan of Marshwood, and Hadley Mahoney of Cape Elizabeth ran stride for stride until the half-way point. Mahoney shifted gears before they entered the woods for the second time, and stepped on the gas pedal to pull away over the last 1.5 for a commanding 36 victory over McClellan.
"The plan was to hold back for the first mile or so," Mahoney said of her race plan and then push the second half of the race.
The sophomore did just that as she shattered her previous cross-country best of 19:33 with her winning of 18:36.30, which was the second-fastest time overall on the day. McClellan was rewarded for her effort with a new personal best as well lowering her time from last week down another 23 seconds giving the Hawks a low stick with her fifth place overall finish.
Bonny Eagle sophomore Addy Thibodeau worked her way up through the field to finish third with a 19:32.99 which also improved her best xc time. Maeve Woodruff of Maine Coast Waldorf was next in 20:08.19 followed closely by Annie Reynolds of Greely 20:09.76 to round out the top five finishers in the girls' freshman/sophomore race.
Noble sophomore Maddox Jordan produced a dominating performance as he crossed the line first in the freshman/sophomore boys race at the Fleet Feet Classic.
Jordan led from start to finish as he crossed the finish line in a time of 16:42.64, his time placed him seventh overall in the meet. His margin of victory was an impressive 45 seconds.
Portland's Nathan Blades had a strong run recording a personal best 17:27.34 to finish second, while Freeport's Will Spaulding had a solid day running 17:31.65 for third place. In fourth was Bonny Eagle sophomore Tyler Gilbert in 17:46 and rounding out the top five was Seb Hesser of Cape Elizabeth with a time of 18:06.
Girls Team Recap
As expected the Scots of Bonny Eagle dominated the girls race as they scored just 34 points to win the team title. Led by the 1-3 finish from Delaney Hesler and Emmaline Pendleton, the Scots got a seventh place finish from Addy Thibodeau, an 12th place effort from Hannah Stevens plus a 15th pace finish from Meseret Day to round out their scoring five.
Marshwood ran very well to finish second with 73 points, while Gorham finished third with 107. Cape Elizabeth was next with 135 while Greely 161 rounded out the top five.
Boys Team Recap
Cape Elizabeth the pre-meet favorite took the top team honors behind the 4-9 finish from seniors Owen Patry and Vaughn Lindenau as they tallied 108 points. Lucas Robinson added a 27th place finish along with a 31st effort from Seb Hesser. Carter Abrahamsen rounded out the scoring for the Capers in 42nd.
Portland High School earned runner-up honors with 142 while South Portland was third with 184 points. Freeport was fourth with 188 points with Greely rounding out the top five teams with 204 points.
Girls Top Twenty Individuals
1 Delaney Hesler SR Bonny Eagle 18:25.46 1 1 2 Hadley Mahoney SO Cape Elizabeth 18:36.30 2 2 3 Emmaline Pendleton SR Bonny Eagle 18:54.33 1 3 4 Megan Randall SR Bangor High School 18:59.55 1 5 Sarah McClellan SO Marshwood 19:12.76 2 4 6 Annabelle Brooks JR Cheverus 19:28.41 1 5 7 Addy Thibodeau SO Bonny Eagle 19:32.99 2 6 8 Jaclyn Vanderhoof SR Thorton Academy 19:50.98 1 7 9 Maeve Woodruff SO Maine Coast Wald 20:08.19 2 8 10 Annie Reynolds SO Greely High School 20:09.30 2 9 11 Addie Fuller JR Marshwood 20:09.76 1 10 12 Hannah Stevens SR Bonny Eagle 20:24.56 1 11 13 Samantha Moore FR Portland 20:24.60 2 14 Elisabeth Loranger SR Gorham High School 20:27.69 1 12 15 Meseret Day SO Bonny Eagle 20:33.02 2 13 16 Alana Nataluk SR Fryeburg Academy 20:37.87 1 14 17 Catie McClellan SR Marshwood 20:43.38 1 15 18 Rachel Cummings JR Gorham High School 20:46.17 1 16 19 Kallie Warner SO Bonny Eagle 20:46.91 2 17 20 Rita Cummings SO Gorham High School 20:49.14 2 18
Boys Top Twenty Individuals
1 Daniel McCarthy SR Bangor High School 15:28.28 1 2 Chris Walton SR Biddeford 16:05.35 1 1 3 Calvin Cummings SR Gorham High School 16:08.55 1 2 4 Owen Patry SR Cape Elizabeth 16:24.46 1 3 5 Logan Ross SR Falmouth 16:24.90 1 4 6 Andrew Keene SR Kennebunk 16:35.21 1 5 7 Maddox Jordan SO Noble High School 16:42.64 2 6 8 Zachary Barry SR Scarborough 16:47.59 1 7 9 Vaughn Lindenau SR Cape Elizabeth 16:49.78 1 8 10 Jacob Ramos SR South Portland 17:08.20 1 9 11 Jake Twigg SR Poland 17:09.44 1 10 12 Braden Butler SR Marshwood 17:11.19 1 11 13 Adam Bendetson JR Scarborough 17:14.25 1 12 14 Luke Cloutier SR Massabesic 17:18.57 1 13 15 Louis Walker SR Maine Coast Wald 17:21.50 1 14 16 Domenic Antonelli SR Poland 17:25.35 1 15 17 Jesse Cadigan SR Cheverus 17:27.24 1 16 18 Nathan Blades SO Portland 17:27.34 2 17 19 William Spaulding SO Freeport 17:31.65 2 18 20 Miles Fischer JR Portland 17:33.11 1 19