Hassett & Tardy triumph at Ellsworth Invitational
Orono girls & Caribou boys the top teams
Results: Varsity Boys | Varsity Girls | JV Boys | JV Girls
Race Videos: Varsity Boys | Varsity Girls
It was a hot and humid day at Ellsworth High as teams got some of their first chances to race in the young 2014 season. Despite the conditions, several excellent performances were turned in by both the boys and the girls runners. On the guys side, sophomore John Hassett (17:40.42) of George Stevens Academy took home the victory after finding himself in the back of the front pack early on in the race. A strong 2nd half of the race allowed him to beat out Tristian Butterfield (17:49.06) of Orono High and Josh Zapsky (18:01.98) of Hermon High. Hasset's winning time was 1:03 faster than he clocked in the same race a year ago as a freshman. Despite not having a top 5 finisher, Caribou High boys earned the team victory, led by 2 freshman; Evan Desmond (18:34.54) and Daniel Rudolph (18:57.08).
In the JV race, Gabe Massey (19:58.15) of Caribou High was the only runner to break the 20 minute barrier. He finished 42 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Thomas Sanborn (20:40.63) of Old Town.
On the girls side, sophomore Tia Tardy (20:17.84) of Mattanawcook went out with the leaders from the start and used a strong kick to hold off hot pursuing sophomore Hannah Steelman (20:19.01) of Orono High. Waylon Henggeler (20:57.97) of MDI was the only other competitor to break 21 minutes. The Orono High girls took home the team title, led by Steelman's performance. She was aided by top 6 performances from Kassidy Dill (21:06.36) and Lily Koffman (21:22.56).
"Listening to the people shouting I could tell that Hannah and I had gotten a pretty good gap between the rest of the runners. If you know Ellsworth's course, there is a massive hill that you repeat twice, so coming up it my second time I really had to tell myself to push going up it. There were a few times when she almost passed around the 2 mile and I got nervous, but I would slightly pick up my pace to keep ahead of her. Coming down the final hill and onto the field where the finish was, I was more confident that I had got her because I started my kick before she did." Tardy said about the battle with Steelman today.
In the JV race, Sakura Sunagawa, of MDI, obliterated the field with time of 23:07.78. She finished 40 seconds ahead of 2nd place finisher Lauren Chapman (23:48.39) of Caribou High.
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