WALDOBORO — If there is one certainty in Midcoast high school sports for the fall of 2021 it is that distance athletes Connor Daigle of Medomak Valley and Jenna VanRyn of Camden Hills are really good — and fast.

Those plainly obvious facts were showcased again on Thursday afternoon, Sept. 16 on a glorious day for running at the Medomak Vally High School homecoming meet.

Camden Hills’ Walker Hedrich. Photo by Ken Waltz

The two talented, area cross-country runners finished first in their races and did so in impressive, dominating and, in one case, record fashion.

Daigle, a senior, blitzed the 85-runner boys field, as he finished the 3.1-mile (5-kilometer) course in a record 15:52.76. He outdistanced runner-up Jacob Pelletier of Cony (17:07.15) by one minute and 15 seconds, which is an eternity in a high school boys cross-country race against other strong student-athletes.

Medomak Valley’s Kassi Soule. Photo by Ken Waltz

VanRyn, a sophomore, finished first in 19:28.28 in the 70-runner girls race, well ahead of runner-up Audrey Crews of Morse, who crossed in 20:15.24.

Daigle set a boys course record of 15:52.76 as he busted past the old mark of 16:24 by Sam Russ of Lincoln Academy in 2017. The girls record also was set in 2017 by Grace Iltis of Camden Hills at 19:09.53, which meant VanRyn finished 19 seconds from that mark.

Belfast’s Westley Dyer. Photo by Ken Waltz

For teams, the Camden Hills of Rockport girls and Lincoln Academy of Newcastle and Cony of Augusta boys (tie) grabbed first places.

The girls team scores were: Camden Hills 52, Cony 57, Lincoln Academy 66, Morse of Bath 87, Waterville 92, Belfast 162, Medomak Valley 184 and Erskine Academy of South China, Lawrence of Fairfield and Oceanside of Rockland no score.

Oceanside’s Deklin Fitzgerald. Photo by Ken Waltz

The boys team scores were: Lincoln Academy and Cony 48, Morse 75, Camden Hills 101, Belfast 121, Erskine Academy 122 and Medomak Valley, Lawrence, Waterville and Oceanside no score.

Camden Hills’ Jenna VanRyn. Photo by Ken Waltz

The individual Midcoast girls results were: 1, VanRyn, CH, 19:28.28; 6, Cassie Middleton, CH, 21:13.72; 7, Lauren Howland, CH, 21:16.93; 14, Elsie Hildreth, CH, 22:11.92; 15, Juniper Fowler, Bel, 22:22.01; 24, Lola Black, CH, 23:54.61; 25, Zoe O’Brien, CH, 23:55.64; 26, Savannah Eastler, CH, 24:01.13; 27, Maria Protheroe, Ocean, 24:02.63; 28, Kassi Soule, Med, 24:05.11; 31, Meara McVearry, Bel, 24:47.69; 35, Lucy O’Brien, CH, 25:43.21; 37, Matilda Schroeder, CH, 26:02.46; 40, Emily Mahoney, Med, 26:25.31; 42, Sydney Marriner, Bel, 26:49.90; 45, Jalyn Drost, Med, 27:13.98; 52, Estella Sprague, Bel, 28:25.20; 54, Abbie Anderson, CH, 28:39.08; 55, Molly Jennings, Med, 28:39.87; 56, Erin Robbins, Bel, 28:50.98; 58, Elizabeth Bowman, Med, 29:31.34; 60, Alma Bournival, CH, 29:55.35; 66, Kayla Betts, Ocean, 30:34.19; 67, Jackie Kelly, Med, 30:37.81; 68, Morgan Flanders, Med, 31:23.49; and 70, Kylie Blake, Med, 32:28.93.

The individual Midcoast boys results were: 1, Daigle, Med, 15:52.76; 5, Will Robbins, Bel, 18:36.73; 12, Westley Dyer, Bel, 18:55.93; 15, Colin Wright, CH, 19:19.44; 18, Zachary Clement, CH, 19:39.02; 20, Walker Hedrich, CH, 19:45.15; 25, Noah Morris, Med, 19:52.79; 28, Isaiah Smith, CH, 20:36.70; 35, Ben Pike, CH, 20:47.72; 36, Soren Beckstrom, CH, 20:48.64; 41, Zachary Armstrong, Bel, 20:57.68; 42, Sam VanLonkhuyzen, CH, 21:09.98; 43, Finn Urey, CH, 21:13.74; 49, Alec Rolfe, Bel, 21:35.63; 55, Deklin Fitzgerald, Ocean, 21:43.20; 57, Atticus Blue, Med, 22:18.84; 58, Hunter Beveridge, CH, 22:22.96; 63, Logan Grubb, Med, 23:13.03; 66, Ian Kozielec, CH, 23:30.86; 68, Ryan Lynch, Ocean, 23:33.02; 79, Kalen Hixson, CH, 26:34.97; 82, Gabe Wheeler, CH, 27:34.70; and 83, Ryan Eldridge, Bel, 30:20.51.