XC Countdown 2022: #20 Hampden Academy Girls

Maine MileSplit 2022 XC Team Countdown

With the calendar switching to August soon we wanted to switch gears from the track to the trails to get ready for the upcoming cross-country season. Athletes around the state are hitting the roads and trails building up a strong base in hopes of a successful cross-country in 2022, with the hopes of lifting the state championship as a team in November the ultimate goal. Our plan is to highlight who we think are the top 25 returning girls and boys xc teams over the next three weeks. Thanks to Cheverus XC/track coach Nick Denari for volunteering his time and efforts to put this countdown together.

Marissa Pushard was the only Bronco to qualify for the state meet last fall.

#20- Hampden Academy Broncos

Class A #11

Class A North #5

KVAC # 6

2021 Results:

Class A North Regional: 8th (203 points)

Class A State Championships: Did Not Qualify

Top Returning Runners: (Based on 2021 Personal Bests)


Marissa Pushard


Natalia Charles


Anleigh Stevens


Molly Curtis


Embree Thomas


Emily Kneser


Nora Emerson


2022 Outlook: Hampden Academy missed out on the State Meet in 2021, but things should be better for them this year. The Broncos were missing some of their top runners at the regional, and with those runners back, they will have a much stronger team. Additionally, this team is made up of underclassmen, who tend to improve a little more from year-to-year compared to older runners. Lastly, Hampden looks to add Gretchen Plant, who ran 6:12 for 1600m as a middle schooler last year at Reed Brooks Middle School, which is part of the same school system as Hampden Academy. The Broncos should be especially competitive in 2023, when they bring back everybody from this squad.

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