The middle school cross-country team held its “home” meet at Pineland on Thursday, 10/5, hosting Yarmouth, NYA, Old Orchard Beach, and Cape Elizabeth. We got another beautiful day that felt more like August but thankfully had lots of shade on the hilly, wooded course around Oak Hill Loop.
The girls got off to a fast start and worked really hard to hold their positions with the front runners from Cape Elizabeth. Maeve Woodruff and Nora Goldberg-Courtney worked their magic again to grab fourth and sixth places, respectively. Leah Muentener held off the 5th Cape runner through the two miles to hold onto 8th place with Isla Barmby right behind. Phoebe Veitch and Emma Haims paired up to navigate the hilly course and save the team a point right to the finish. Lydia Sharp had another rock solid performance as did Lila Salter-Gurau, Lauren Willard, and Minka Holtrop all pulling their weight to land a second place finish for the girls behind Cape Elizabeth.
After hunting for some phantom runners from the girls’ race we were able to start the boys off. Again, they got off to a fast start led by John Miles Muentener, Louis Walker, and Wes Teegarden who landed 4th, 5th and 6th, followed by Bryan Stark-Chessa in 8th. Bodhi Lloyd closed out the scoring for the boys by taking 15th along with pack mates Caleb Stefanakos, Harry Walker, Christian Lukis, and Conrad Anderson. Casey Kusche and Robert Rackmales paced each other all the way nicely. Will Barmby did a nice solo tour of the course with another big pack comprised Ben Meza, Nate Barmby, Wyatt Bruce, and Noah Corcoran right on his heels. Alec Benton, Noah Kessler, and Rylan Siegel closed it out for the boys, bringing home another second place finish on the day behind Cape Elizabeth. A great job by everyone on the toughest course so far this season.
This week we head out to Libby Hill to face Gray-New Gloucester, Greely, Jordan Small (Raymond), Saint Dom’s, and Waynflete. Girls run at 4:00, boys at 4:30. Special thanks to Dana Anderson, Lisa Mainella, Susan Sonntag, John Saccone, Morgan Lake Adams, Justin Miers and the high school XC team for a huge amount of help in pulling this race together at an “away” location on short notice, and all of the parents who baked cookies to make this a true MCWS event.
Hope to see you at Libby Hill!