The State Class C Cross Country Championship took place this past Saturday at Twin Brook in Cumberland. For the second weekend in a row, we were fortunate enough to have excellent fall weather- clear, crispy and slightly breezy. While the course was much spongier in sections due to the recent rain, many of our runners did not let the soft sections slow them down- several athletes posted faster times this week than last. For the first time ever, both the Maine Coast girls and boys were rewarded with team medals recognizing them as state runner-up (girls) and state champions (boys)! This is the second consecutive state championship for the boys, and the girls’ best finish in eight seasons. Olivia Reynolds also won her third straight state title as Class C individual champion. Thank you to all the friends and family who came to support our runners, and especially to Susan’s tent crew, our team photographers, and the Reynolds-Russell family for hosting everyone for pizza afterwards.
Unsurprisingly, Seamus Woodruff (3rd) was in the mix from the very first quarter mile. Constantly surging to keep pace with the race leader, Seamus exhibited a huge amount of tenacity and was the only boy to record a course PR for the day. Running his final Maine high school cross country race, Aiden Kusche (7th) got the job done, pushing hard in the second half of the race to maintain his spot in a challenging field. Working in tandem, Bryan Stark-Chessa (11th) and John Miles Muentener (12th) occasionally found themselves stretched apart, but they came together in the end for a strong 3-4 finish. As the final scoring runner, Louis Walker (22nd) clinched the victory by finishing ahead of Orono’s fifth runner. Making a triumphant return to racing, Max Waldron (58th) managed to displace runners from ten other teams, while coming close to his course PR. Wes Teegarden (75th), running at less than full strength, also displaced ten other teams while turning in a solid effort. The boys finished first with 50 points. Seamus and Aiden received medals for their top ten finishes, while Bryan, John Miles and Louis were all recognized for finishing in the top 30.
Not interested in indulging any hangers-on, Olivia (1st) established a clear lead by the time she exited the A loop and only increased the gap as she went. Finishing with a forty second margin of victory, she also set a course PR. Continuing the trend of improvement, Emma Haims (9th), managed to surpass a competitor from last week who finished ahead of her at Regionals, while also en route to a course PR. After moving up several slots in the last mile, Ava Teegarden (16th), who also improved her Twin Brook time, helped push Mamie Whittier (17th) down the finishing stretch. Employing a similar strategy, Nora Goldberg-Courtney (27th), set a new course best while also gaining several places in the reverse A loop. Myla McLain (34th), posted biggest improvement of the day with a 40-second course PR. Bonnie-Rose Dairaine (65th) finished her cross country season with an impressive effort, only a few seconds shy of her best time at Twin Brook. Not bad for her first season of running! The girls finished second to Orono. Olivia and Emma received medals for their top ten finishes, while Ava, Mamie and Nora were all recognized for finishing in the top 30.
Full results can be found here.
The boys’ first place team finish qualified them to run in the New England Championship for the second year in a row. They will make a return to Wickham Park in Connecticut this coming Saturday (the 2014 team was the last MCWS squad to compete there), alongside Olivia, whose first place finish earned her another post-season meet.