On Friday, 9/30, the middle school team traveled to Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook for the Scarborough Invitational where 23 teams from across the state converged on the two mile course over fields, trails, and farm roads. It was a little chilly for spectators but prime conditions for our runners once the races got started.
Contrary to our usual pattern this season, the girls went out first. Although we were missing nearly half our team for various reasons, the participating girls did a fantastic job working together with every one of them having their best time of the year and many having a career best. Aniela Holtrop had a great day and led the way for the girls with a top ten finish and her best time if the season in a field of 207 girls. Nora Goldberg-Courtney and Mamie Whittier stuck together throughout the race and each earned a career PR. Eliza Skillings and Carly Blackburn managed the course as a team and each had their best of the season so far. Grace Kessler and Mahina Carlon, while missing most of her pack, ran great races with each shaving significant time off their priors and Mahina grabbing a new PR for herself. Ella Emery and Emma Haims brought it home for the girls with an exceptional showing of teamwork and perseverance, both breaking a significant milestone and new PRs for each. The girls did a great job with five finishing in the top 75 and a sixth place finish overall behind powerhouse teams from Falmouth, Cony, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, and Bonny Eagle.
After an injury delay and multiple warmups, the boys race got underway. Our own Matinicus Neveu blasted his way around the course for a first place finish in a field of 244 boys and a significant PR. Louis Walker and John Miles Muentener paired up and delivered a strong performance and their best of the season. The same held true for Wes Teegarden and Bryan Stark-Chessa who showed great course management and teamwork, each having their best time of the season and a substantial PR for Bryan by nearly a minute. Our next trio of Conrad Anderson, Oliver Perry, and Benji Meza paced beautifully off one another exactly as planned and wrapped it up for the boys, with Oliver shaving more than three minutes off his prior best and Conrad a minute. Benji was right on target and held a nice, steady pace through the race. The boys also ended with five in the top 75 and a fifth place finish out of 21 scoring teams behind Falmouth, Mt. Ararat, Scarborough, and Bonny Eagle, but edging out Cape Elizabeth and the rest of our CCC conference mates.
We were incredibly proud of the teamwork yesterday and our practice routines are starting to pay off. Paces were perfect and the packs worked beautifully.
More great stuff to come on Thursday the 6th when MCWS hosts Cape Elizabeth, OOB, Yarmouth, and NYA at Desert Road. Hope to see you all there cheering on the home team!