Class A XC State Championship Preview

The Class A girls' race will be the fifth race of the day on the course at the Troy Howard Middle School by then the course could be a mud fest with very little dry ground to be found. The course conditions could certainly play a role in the outcome of the race both individually and team.

Look for the Southern Maine Regional champion Samantha Moore a junior from Portland and defending Class A state champion senior Addy Thibodeau of Bonny Eagle to be the front runners on Saturday. Moore currently ranks third in the latest MileSplit Maine individual rankings while Thibodeau ranks fifth. The two had quite a battle at the Southern Regional with Moore leading after the mile but then Thibodeau taking the lead after the two-mile and leading coming up the "Pain Cave". Moore dug deep and was able to retake the lead in the final 400 meters and pulled away for the victory with a Twin Brook personal best of 18:41.63, while Thibodeau clocked her fastest time on the course at 18:47.66. The two had the fastest times on the day despite the rain starting to come down during their race. Earlier this year at Belfast, Moore placed fourth in the Maine XC Festival of Champions running a lifetime best 18:02.95 while Thibodeau was sixth in 18:39.67.

Behind the expected duel at the front expect Kennebunk junior Hannah Keene to be battling for a top-five finish. Keene ranked ninth overall in the state and placed third at the SM Regional (20:29.50). A year ago Keene finished twenty-six in the regional before going on to place 36th at the state meet. She is one of the most improved runners in the state. Bonny Eagle sophomore Marina Violette is ranked tenth in the state and finished right behind Keene at the regional meet (20:38.94). Violette finished ninth in the state meet last fall.

Northern Maine Regional champion Gretchen Plant of Hampden Academy will look to continue her postseason success. Plant a sophomore was the surprise winner clocking a lifetime best of 19:50.59, she finished thirty-seventh at states in 2022. Her freshman teammate Addison Elliott runs well on the course at Belfast, she won the freshman race at FOC earlier this fall and was the runner-up at the regional as she cracked the twenty-minute barrier for the first time (19:56.40).

Other Runners to Watch

Kyleigh Record (Scarborough)

Maeve Woodruff (Brunswick)

Jenna VanRyn (Camden Hills)

Sarah McClellan (Hampden Academy)

Katie McCarthy (Bangor)