Wood Surprises, Nagy repeats in EM A races

Wood suprises, Nagy repeats. Hampden Academy girls in a squeaker while Lewiston boys are the best

Junior Sam Wood of Mt Ararat was the surprise boys winner of the EM Class A regional, Wood clocked 17:00 to fend of a challenge from Lewiston's Mohamed Awil 17:04. On the girls side Erzsebet Nagy was able to defend her title but it wasn't easy as she ran 20:10. The Lewiston boys won the team title as expected with 59. The girls team race was close as 3 teams were separated by just 2 points. Hampden Academy came out on top with 63, while Mt Ararat edged Brunswick with a better 6th runner for the runner-up trophy. Check out all the action and see who made it to the state meet.

 

Results

Class A Boys

Class A Girls

Photos: Pam Swan | Jtmillar

 

Last week Mt Ararat's Sam Wood ran with the leaders of the KVAC Championship for 2 3/4 miles before fading over the finishing distance. Fast foward to the Eastern Maine regional chmapionship a week later & Wood would get his revenge as the junior took the best of the field with his 17:00 clocking over the wet and muddy course at Belfast.

"I took the leader earlier and got a bigger gap on the rest of the group, trying to make the race less about the kick which is my weak point." Wood said about the difference in the finish this week versus last

Finishing behind Wood in 2nd was Lewiston Mohamed Awil (17:04). For Awil despite the conditions it was personal best and more importantly 9 seconds faster than he ran 3 weeks ago at Festival of Champions. Awil was backed up by his teammate Isaiah Harris who continues to improve each week.

Hampden Academy's Caleb Lord who finished 8th a week ago at the KVAC Championship moved up to 4th (17:10). Right behind him was teammate Nick Kopf (17:11)

Lewiston's 3rd runner today was KVAC runner-up Mohamed Barre (17:12), following him was Jonathan Stanhope would had a much better race than a week ago. Stanhope was 9th a week ago well off the pace, but today he was right in the top pack with his (17:13)

Last week's KVAC champion Justin Tracy finished 8th with his teammate Josh Horne a few strides behind in 9th

Mohamed Mohamed of Lewiston rounded out the top ten giving the Blue Devils 4 runners in the first 10, his time was 17:20

Lewiston the heavy favorites didn't disappoint with 4 of the first ten. The Blue Devils scored 59 points to defeat runner-up Bangor by 24. The Rams were pleased with their effort cutting the gap from the KVAC meet from 41 to 24 this week. With a week to go anything is possible.

Mt Ararat moved up one spot from the KVAC meet to finish 3rd with 89, while Mt Blue the runner-up at KVAC was 2 points back in 4th with (91). Hampden Academy placed 5th with 96.

Also punching their ticket to the state meet was Brewer & Brunswick

 

Boys Individual State Qualifiers

  1 Sam Wood                  JR Mt. Ararat            17:00.81    1
  2 Mohamed Awil              SR Lewiston              17:04.84    2
  3 Isaiah Harris             SO Lewiston              17:09.47    3
  4 Caleb Lord                SO Hampden Academy       17:10.95    4
  5 Nick Kopf                 SR Hampden Academy       17:11.53    5
  6 Mohamed Barre             SR Lewiston              17:12.46    6
  7 Jonathan Stanhope         JR Bangor High School    17:13.84    7
  8 Justin Tracy              SR Mt. Blue              17:18.68    8
  9 Josh Horne                JR Mt. Blue              17:20.29    9
 10 Mohamed Mohamed           JR Lewiston              17:20.57   10
 11 Lucas Bourget             SR Elhs                  17:36.24   11
 12 Nathan Mackenzie          JR Mt. Ararat            17:40.68   12
 13 Jacob Archer              SO Bangor High School    17:42.93   13
 14 Sully Jackson             SR Mt. Blue              17:47.56   14
 15 Colin Glencross           FR Bangor High School    17:49.60   15
 16 Logan Moses               JR Messalonskee          17:49.86   16
 17 Dan Lesko                 SO Mt. Blue              17:53.20   17
 18 Caleb Halvorson-Fried     JR Bangor High School    17:55.24   18
 19 Luke Rand                 JR Brewer High School    17:58.43   19
 20 Tristan Walden            JR Brewer High School    18:03.85   20
 21 Jamie Ross                SR Brunswick             18:05.22   21
 22 Erik Dodge                JR Erskine Academy       18:09.48   22
 23 Jake Demosthenes          JR Mt. Ararat            18:12.78   23
 24 Dustin Ramsay             JR Hampden Academy       18:14.55   24
 25 Matt Gott                 SO Mt. Ararat            18:17.11   25
 26 Stephen Taylor            JR Brewer High School    18:26.01   26
 27 Alex Nichols              SR Brunswick             18:27.49   27
 28 Shea Nelson               JR Mt. Ararat            18:28.30   28
 29 Spencer Canham            SO Hampden Academy       18:29.10   29
 30 Dominic Martin            SR Bangor High School    18:32.32   30

Team Qualifiers

  1 Lewiston High School         59    2    3    6   10   38   47   57
      Total Time:  1:27:47.61
         Average:    17:33.53
   2 Bangor High School           83    7   13   15   18   30   32   44
      Total Time:  1:29:13.93
         Average:    17:50.79
   3 Mt. Ararat High School       89    1   12   23   25   28   42   55
      Total Time:  1:29:39.68
         Average:    17:55.94
   4 Mt. Blue High School         91    8    9   14   17   43   45   46
      Total Time:  1:29:32.53
         Average:    17:54.51
   5 Hampden Academy              96    4    5   24   29   34   52   54
      Total Time:  1:29:58.34
         Average:    17:59.67
   6 Brewer High School          136   19   20   26   35   36   60
      Total Time:  1:32:18.56
         Average:    18:27.72
   7 Brunswick High School       162   21   27   33   40   41   49   51
      Total Time:  1:33:20.94
         Average:    18:40.19

 


Pacing is an important aspect of cross-country.

Go out to fast and pay for it in the last mile. Go out to slow and get buried in the pack. Finding the right pace is often important in race just ask Class A champion Erzsebet Nagy. While Nagy the defending champion repeated it wasn't easy. "I went out way to fast, I was 5:40, I was aiming for 6:00". The fast early pace took its toll of Erzsebet throughout the rest of the race. "My breathing was never right." Nagy commented.  At the finish line she was exhausted and looked like she'd gone 12 rounds in a heavyweight championship boxing match.

While she would still defend her title by 26 seconds, she learned a lesson "I have to go out smarter next week."  

Freshman Tessa Cassidy continued her strong postseaso running matching her runner-up finish from the KVAC Championship (20:36). Hampden Academy teammates Kylee Parker & Elizabeth Labun finished 3-4 to give the Broncos a huge edge in the team race, last week the order was reversed but the places the same

Teresa Murphy of Brunswick 7th a week ago moved up two spots to 5th (21:07)

Mt Ararat teammates Kelly Lynch & Olivia Swan were next in 6th & 7th

The surprise of the meet was Katelyn Cayer of Lawrence who came out of nowhere for an 8th place finish

Olivia Poulin of Messalonskee was 9th (21:46) while Courtney king of Cony rounded out the top ten


The top 3 teams were separated by just 2 points

Last week Hampden Academy was 3rd in the KVAC meet today they turned the tables to eek out a 2 point win.

Last week's winner Mt Ararat finished tied with Brunswick with 65 points but had the edge thanks to 6th runner Alicia Caterina 31st place finish.

Mt Blue finished 4th with Brewer in 5th

Also making it to the state meet was Bangor in 6th

Girls Individual State Qualifiers

 1 Erzsebet Nagy             SR Lawrence              20:10.33    1
  2 Tessa Cassidy             FR Brunswick             20:36.31    2
  3 Kylee Parker              SR Hampden Academy       20:52.84    3
  4 Elizabeth Labun           SO Hampden Academy       20:54.53    4
  5 Teresa Murphy             JR Brunswick             21:07.65    5
  6 Kelly Lynch               JR Mt. Ararat            21:10.94    6
  7 Olivia Swan               SO Mt. Ararat            21:22.31    7
  8 Katelyn Cayer             SO Lawrence              21:31.16    8
  9 Olivia Poulin             JR Messalonskee          21:46.64    9
 10 Courtney King             SO Cony High Scool       21:55.77
 11 Tiffany Tanner            FR Brunswick             22:00.44   10
 12 Sarah Tatgenhorst         JR Hampden Academy       22:01.55   11
 13 Angelyn Masters           JR Bangor High School    22:06.80   12
 14 Lauren McNett             SR Mt. Ararat            22:10.07   13
 15 Emmie Cox                 JR Mt. Ararat            22:33.95   14
 16 Katherine Gunther         SO Mt. Blue              22:37.99   15
 17 Faith Shaw                JR Lewiston              22:43.88   16
 18 Nikki Eremita             SO Brewer High School    22:49.93   17
 19 Deanna Richards           SR Mt. Blue              22:50.09   18
 20 Brooke Escoe              SO Brunswick             22:53.61   19
 21 Lindi Forsley             SR Messalonskee          22:57.12   20
 22 Sarah Wade                JR Mt. Blue              22:57.26   21
 23 Bryanna Parker            FR Hampden Academy       22:58.57   22
 24 Roxy Withers              JR Hampden Academy       22:58.82   23
 25 Kristen Robbins           JR Bangor High School    22:59.79   24
 26 Nicole Ross               JR Mt. Ararat            22:59.83   25
 27 Alizah Broussard          SO Brewer High School    23:00.37   26
 28 Pauline Liebig            JR Hampden Academy       23:02.80   27
 29 Cami Lucy                 JR Bangor High School    23:04.99   28
 30 Anna Turner               JR Brunswick             23:11.65   29

 

Team Qualifiers

   1 Hampden Academy              63    3    4   11   22   23   27   38
      Total Time:  1:49:46.31
         Average:    21:57.27
   2 Mt. Ararat High School       65    6    7   13   14   25   31   36
      Total Time:  1:50:17.10
         Average:    22:03.42
   3 Brunswick High School        65    2    5   10   19   29   53   58
      Total Time:  1:49:49.66
         Average:    21:57.94
   4 Mt. Blue High School        119   15   18   21   32   33   52   68
      Total Time:  1:55:36.59
         Average:    23:07.32
   5 Brewer High School          146   17   26   30   34   39   42   43
      Total Time:  1:57:21.69
         Average:    23:28.34
   6 Bangor High School          169   12   24   28   48   57   63
      Total Time:  1:58:28.77
         Average:    23:41.76

 

 

 

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