Windjammers dominate KVACs; Mariners, Panthers, Lions also excelCamden Hills girls, Trapani outrace opponets for league crowns
Augusta — It has been well established that the young, talented and deep Camden Hills girls cross-country has been, and continues to be, a state championship contender. So, winning the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class B title for the second straight year would be yet another feather in the Windjammers' cap.
Well, the Windjammers not only flew to the league's Class B title, but when all things shook down, Camden Hills was the best overall team — including Class A and B squads — during the Saturday, Oct. 13 championship meet at Cony High School.
And to add frosting to the Windjammers' already sweet cake, they had the fastest overall boy runner — regardless of class affiliation — in the league in Ben Trapani.
So, all in all, it was a positive day on the course for the Windjammers, as well as other Midcoast distance runners, during Saturday's annual event.
The meet is a prelude, of sorts, for the Eastern Class B championships on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast (boys race at 12:10 p.m.; girls at 12:45 p.m.) and the state Class B championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the same site (boys race at 12:30 p.m.; girls at 1:15 p.m.).
The Camden Hills girls won league and regional titles last year, while finishing runners-up to Mount Desert Island in the state meet. This year, the Windjammers have finished second to only two teams — MDI and Bonny Eagle of Standish in the Festival of Champions in Belfast earlier this fall.
And Camden Hills, which has accomplished all this without the services of injured top-five runner Willow Parker, has a perfect meet score of 15 to its credit this season as well.
Saturday turned out to be a good day for not only Windjammer runners but also for other Midcoast student-athletes, including those from Oceanside, Medomak Valley and Belfast.
Although the Class A and B runners were separated into their respective classes, when all competitors were combined, Trapani, a junior, finished first overall by one second among 159 male runners and Camden Hills' Brittany Bowman was third, Hannah Brownawell sixth and Emily Lopez 10th among 147 female runners. Oceanside's Abby Hersom also was fifth overall.
The Camden Hills girls easily outdistanced runner-up Waterville by placing its five scoring runners among the top 13 and all its varsity runners among the top 14. The Windjammers had a combined runner time of 1:46:21.10 and average runner time of 21:16.22.
The KVAC Class B girls team scores were: Camden Hills 31, Waterville 55, Maranacook of Readfield 73, Winslow 106, Morse of Bath 129, Leavitt of Turner 148, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield 205, Belfast 210 and Medomak Valley 211. Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston was among those without five runners to record a team score.
The KVAC Class B boys team scores were: Maranacook 57, Winslow 89, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 90, Morse 139, Camden Hills 144, Leavitt 151, Medomak Valley 166, Waterville 177, Belfast 221, Oceanside 234 and Maine Central Institute 263.
The individual Class B girls results for Midcoast runners, with the first-place runner also listed (67 overall finishers), were: 1, Bethanie Brown, Water, 18:59.4; 2, Bowman, CH, 20:06.6; 4, Hersom, Ocean, 20:45.9; 5, Brownawell, CH, 20:52.9; 6, Lopez, CH, 21:11.3; 8, Samantha Morse, CH, 21:26.2; 14, Riley Simmons, Ocean, 22:37.5; 15, Ella Scott, CH, 22:44.1; 16, Lily Kassen, CH, 22:44.3; 27, Cassie Howard, Bel, 23:39.9; 32, Jill van der Schaaf, Med, 24:14.0; 41, Romy Carpenter, Bel, 25:18.6; 46, Shannon Staples, Med, 25:55.6; 48, Krista Hooper, Med, 26:03.0; 53, Lindsey Ward, Bel, 26:29.4; 54, Rayanne Leach, Med, 26:33.1; 58, Maddie Wich, Bel, 26:58.1; 60, Sarah James, Bel, 28:04.6; 62, Beth Corson, Med, 30:02.7; 63, Geneva Bielenberg, Bel, 30:08.4; and 65, Ashley Pezanowski, Ocean, 33:08.4.
The individual Class B boys results for Midcoast runners (74 overall finishers) were: 1, Trapani, CH, 17:09.8; 15, Gavin Felch, Med, 19:05.4; 16, Ivan Johnson, Med, 19:08.0; 17, Alexander Casas, Medomak 19:09.5; 18, Eli Smith, CH, 19:12.4; 24, Nick Mahar, Ocean, 19:42.6; 33, Ben Winchenbach, CH, 20:21.4; 37, Cole Chase, Ocean, 20:36.1; 42, Doug Wich, Bel, 20:50.3; 46, Patrick Groening, Bel, 21:02.3; 47, Sam Johnson, Ocean, 21:06.2; 48, Grant Richards Bel, 21:07.6; 50, Forest Priestley, CH, 21:36.6; 52, Hendrik Andrews, Bel, 21:40.2; 53, Jordan Bickford, Bel, 21:54.4; 54, Crockett Lalor, CH, 21:55.6; 57, Aidan Ripley, Bel, 22:31.0; 58, Daniel Bubar, Med, 22:33.8; 59, Eddie McCluskey, CH, 22:39.4; 60, Ethan Merrifield, Bel, 22:50.2; 68, Alex Copeland, CH, 24:07.0; 70, Daly Winterich, Ocean, 24:18.5; 71, Joshua Degado, Med, 24:26.2; and 74, Curran Grant, Ocean, 29:19.8.
The individual Midcoast girls jayvee results (80 overall finishers) were: 4, Lydia Morin, CH, 24:11.0; 6, Emma McGurren, CH, 24:28.8; 9, Kiera Haining, CH, 24:50.6; 20, Bella Fischer, CH, 25:52.5; 37, Moira Pieri, CH, 27:07.5; and 68, Katie Moody, CH, 32:27.1.
The girls jayvee team scores: Mount Ararat of Topsham 42, Camden Hills 63, Hampden Academy 68, Maranacook 84, Brewer 93 and Mount Blue of Farmington 166,
The individual Midcoast boys jayvee results (115 overall finishers) were: 47, Kyle Williams, Bel, 22:52.5; 67, Nat Lawson, CH, 23:50.7; 72, Nick Denney, CH, 24:02.7; 73, Leander Andrews, Bel, 24:05.5; 74, William Barrows, CH, 24:07.4; 76, Alden Parker, CH, 24:17.2; 80, Jackson Winslow, Bel, 24:31.5; 93, William Hyland, Bel, 25:23.3; 95, Piateri Turunen, Bel, 25:30.4; 98, Noward Howard, Bel, 25:36.8; 107, Justin Lopez, CH, 26:22.3; and 111, Jon Clapp, Bel, 28:17.5.
The boys team scores were: Hampden Academy 29, Brunswick 50, Brewer 73, Bangor 112, Mount Ararat 153, Mount Blue 181, Lincoln Academy 198, Erskine Academy of South China 233, Leavitt 257, Camden Hills 260 and Belfast 262.
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