Rhoen Fiutak & Liv Palma of Cape Elizabeth lead the way in the girls race, they went on to finish 1st & 2nd
Kennedy & Fiutak continue winning ways for Cape
The #2 ranked Falmouth boys cruise, while the #1 ranked Cape girls eek out a 29-31 win over #2 Falmouth girls
Boys Results | Girls Results
Photo Albums: MaineTrackXC
Race Video: Boys Race | Girls Race
Interviews: Kyle Kennedy | Rhoen Fiutak
Updated Boys course records
Updated Girls course records
It was a picture perfect afternoon for running at Gull Crest Field in Cape Elizabeth on Friday afternoon as Cape Elizabeth hosted Falmouth, Freeport & Sacopee Valley. With perfect conditions the harriers responded with one the fastest races in recent memory, as the top seven all clocked sub 16:30 performances.
The boys race got out fast with Cape's Kyle Kennedy & Falmouth Bryce Murdick pushing the pace, they led the field through the first 800m in 2:30. Right behind them was Freeport's Chandler Vincent, along with the chase pack of Spencer Brown, Josh Simesnky, Scott Lambert all of Falmouth & Mitch Morris of Cape. The first mile was covered in a brisk 5:07, which put the top group in a great position to run fast.
Just after the mile the front pack with Kennedy, Murdick, & Vincent open up their gap, and continue to extend it as they went past the half way point in the race. With a little more than 800m to go Kennedy seized the lead for good, while Vincent moved up to second in the chase position with Murdick still a close third. Spencer Brown was moving very strongly, followed by Morris as they looked to close the gap on the leaders over the final half mile.
No one would be able to match Kennedy's finishing speed as he crossed the line in a quick, 15:45, the time was the 7th fastest in course history, and was 9 second up 11 second up on second place finish Chandler Vincent (15:56), whose effort equalled the 10th fastest in course history. Brown closed very well as he would get all the way up to 3rd (16:04), Morris was able to sneak by Murdick in the final strides (16:05-16:06). Those three times were good for the 13th, 14th, & 15th fastest in course history.
Falmouth showed they are one of the top teams in the state as they would also take places 6-9 with Sean Soucy, Josh Simesnsky & Scott Lambert. Freeport's Eric Brobst had a fine race finishing 9th in 16:57, while another Yachstmen Iain Kurry rounded out the top 10 in 16:59.
Falmouth was the top team (29) with Freeport (50) & Cape (55) rounding out the scoring.
Pre-race on the starting line
On the girls side it was a showdown between the two highest ranked teams in the MaineTrackXC Fan/Athlete poll #1 Cape & #2 Falmouth. Cape was trying to continue their impressive start to the season but had to do so without the services of Eva Brydson who had to sit this one out with a possible stress fracture. Falmouth was trying to rebound after a loss to Greely last week, and they also were missing 12 ladies.
Cape got out to a quick start with Liv Palma assuming the early pacing duties, her teammate Rhoen Fiutak followed right behind along with the rest of the Capers top 5, Falmouth's pack was right there as well. At 800m, Palma, Fiutak & Mira Wyman of Falmouth started the breakaway up front, while Falmouth regrouped and started splitting up the Cape pack.
The front pack of three didnt change at 1 1/4 miles as they crossed the bridge, but behind them there was a lot of moment in the woods, Emma Shedd of Cape was running 4th followed by a pack of 3 Falmouth runners led by Vishva Nalamalapu. In 8th was Cape's 4th runner Sam Feenstra.
Just after the halfway point at the water fountain, Fiutak made her move to the front opening up a 3-4 stride lead over Wyman & Palma. She would continue to hold the lead as they hit 800m to go before crossing the bridge again. Palma had taken over second, while Shedd had moved her way up to 3rd. Wyman was the only Yachtsmen in contact at that point in 4th 2 seconds behind Shedd. The Falmouth pack did it job in mile 2 as they held down spots 4-5-6-7 as well with Cape's Feenstra a couple of lengths of the back of that pack.
In the end Fiutak added her 4th victory of the season to remain undefeated heading into next's week showdown with the newest phenom Katherine Leggat-Barr of Greely. Rhoen's winning time was 19:27, good for 13th fastest in course history. Palma, who showed her speed on the flat course today had a breakthrough performance to finish 2nd running 19:35, which makes her the 15th fastest on the Gull Crest course. Shedd (19:42) finished with a strong kick to hold off the challenge from Wyman (19:44), their times were 17th & 18th respectively all-time on the course. Nalamalapu rounded out the top 5 with a fine 20:04.
With the 1-2-3 finish by Cape, they appeared to be in the driver's seat for the team win, but Falmouth put together a strong final stretch to finish 4-5-6-7, but Cape's Feenstra was able to fight to hold on to 8th. Through 4 runners Cape had the edge 14-22. Falmouth would also take spots 9-10-13, to finish with 31 points, Cape's 5th runner Hayley Doss ran a strong race to place 18th, but in the team scoring she would only count for 15 points which gave Cape Elizabeth 29 total points, and a two point victory. These two teams showed they will be ones to watch throughout the year, and no question are two of the top teams in the state.
Interview with girls race winner Rhoen Fiutak
Interview with girls race winner Kyle Kennedy