The MCWS MS cross-country team had a busy week last week with two meets in three days. We started out with a long road trip to Hiram on Wednesday where we took on teams from Mount Ararat, St. Dom’s and Sacopee Valley. Our girls got out to a fast start led by Rahel Delaney who took first overall beating the second place finisher by more than two minutes on the this course featuring a severe switchback climb. Pepper Robillard and Mars Charrette ran side-by-side throughout to land 4th and 5th place finishes just ahead of our next pair of Ellen Bloch and Kayla McGuire capturing 9th and 10th, respectively. Tess Welch and Pippa Wilson solidified our lead with 12 and 13th spots. Maddie Huntington made her debut performance and did a great job navigating the course to bring our girls to a first place finish overall. Fantastic!
Next up, the boys were led by our wolf pack of Ian Guzman, Eli Sidhu, Soren Stark-Chessa, and Tadhg Lake who took 2nd through 5th places with Angus Buck and Fionn Mattson nailing 8th and 9th. Leo Anderson, Oliver Newton, Sam Willard, and Milo Emerson sailed through the course with Kaeden Guddeck, Luke Cline, and Oliver Finn Audley closing out another win for the boys’ team. Great work by all…
On Friday, the team headed out to Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook for the Scarborough Invitational and our biggest races of the season. The girls again started the festivities in a field of 115 runners with a standout performance by Rahel Delaney who won the race after an epic duel in the last 100 yards. Pepper Robillard, Murreal Wilmot, and Mars Charrette packed up to take 25th to 27th places, followed by Kayla McGuire, Ellen Bloch, and Pippa Wilson all finishing in the top 75 and receiving medals for their efforts. Tess Welch ran a great race along with Tashi Durham and Maddie Huntington to bring home a 4th place finish in a group of ten scoring teams and many others with fewer than five runners. Excellent job by the girls!
In a field of 151 runners, the boys were not to be outdone. Taking the lead in this race was Soren Stark-Chessa with a 12th place finish just ahead of Tadhg Lake and Ian Guzman, nabbing 15th and 16th places to start the scoring for our team. Eli Sidhu and Charles Reynolds continued the efforts to take 20th and 21st. Chesley Will, and Darwin Boutureira rounded out our scores, with Fionn Mattson, Sam Willard, Angus Buck, Leo Anderson, Cam Veitch, and Oliver Newton all taking top 75 positions and the corresponding medals. Kaeden Guddeck, Ben Sidhu, Caleb Oliver, Luke Cline, and Oliver Finn Audley all made a valiant effort to help us secure a third place finish out of more than 13 teams attending and only our second top three finish in our history with the Scarborough Invitational-plus some team medals to boot. Exciting stuff.
The team hopes to take this momentum into our home meet this Thursday (10/7) where the girls will run at 4:00 and the boys at 4:30. We will host teams from Brunswick, Molly Ockett, Durham/Freeport, and Sacopee Valley. Hope to see you there cheering our team! We close out the season with a meet in Bath on 10/14 and the CCC Invitational at Twin Brook on 10/21.