BELFAST — A champion who cruised to a victory, as well as a team and 13 individuals who qualified for the state meet, were the experiences of Midcoast high school distance athletes who competed in the Northern championship races on Saturday, Oct. 23 at Troy Howard Middle School.

Fresh off his win at the league championships a week earlier, Medomak Valley’s Connor Daigle raced to first in the Class B boys portion of Saturday’s regional event.

Additionally, the Camden Hills girls qualified for the state Class A meet, while 13 area runners finished among the top 30 to earn state spots as individuals. Of course, as a team qualifier, the Windjammer girls will see their top seven runners compete at states.

Midcoast runners who qualified for states as individuals in Class A were Camden Hills’ Jenna VanRyn, Cassie Middleton, Lauren Howland, Elsie Hildreth, Lola Black and Walker Hedrich.

Medomak Valley’s Connor Daigle, left, ahead of the field. Photo by Mark Haskell

Area runners who advance as individuals for the Class B states were Medomak Valley’s Daigle, Kassi Soule and Noah Morris, along with Belfast’s Juniper Fowler, Meara McVearry, Westley Dyer and Will Robbins.

The state races return to Troy Howard on Saturday, Oct. 30, with Class C girls at 11 am., Class C boys at 11:40 a.m., Class A girls (includes Camden Hills) at 12:20 p.m., Class A boys (includes Hedrich) at 1 p.m., Class B girls (includes Fowler, McVearry and Soule) at 1:40 p.m. and Class B boys (includes Daigle, Morris, Dyer and Robbins) at 2:20 p.m.

Belfast’s Meara McVearry. Photo by Mark Haskell

At the regional meet on Saturday, Daigle (15:53.52) literally cruised to the victory for Class B boys as he bested runner-up Sam York of Mount Desert Island (16:45.61) by 52 seconds, which is nearly a minute, an eternity in a high school races of this magnitude.

If healthy, Daigle is the favorite to win the state Class B boys individual title next week.

Over the 3.1-mile regional course, the number of runners in each race included: Class A girls 71; Class A boys 80; Class B girls 74; Class B boys 94; Class C girls 72; and Class C boys 85.

Medomak Valley’s Emily Mahoney. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Class A girls team scores were: Mount Blue of Farmington 53, Bangor 53, Camden Hills 62, Brunswick 82, Mount Ararat of Topsham 153, Brewer 177, Messalonskee of Oakland 197, Hampden Academy 203, Lewiston 247 and Oxford Hills of South Paris 260. The top five teams qualify for the states.

The Class A boy team scores were: Brunswick 53, Hampden Academy 57, Bangor 73, Messalonskee 111, Mount Ararat 119, Mount Blue 135, Camden Hills 209, Brewer 214, Oxford Hills 230, Lewiston 268 and Edward Little of Auburn 306. The top six teams qualify for the states.

Camden Hills’ Walker Hedrich. Photo by Mark Haskell

The Class B girls team scores were: Mount Desert Island 30, Cony of Augusta 59, Waterville 75, Caribou 125, John Bapst of Bangor 143, Belfast 155, Hermon 173, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 181 and Medomak Valley 197. Oceanside also participated. The top five teams qualify for the states.

The Class B boys team scores were: Mount Desert 81, John Bapst 91, Caribou 91, Cony 106, Hermon 122, Erskine Academy of South China 172, Nokomis of Newport 182, Old Town 189, Ellsworth 195, Presque Isle 208, Belfast 238 and Winslow 288. Medomak Valley also participated. The top six teams qualify for the states.

The Class C girls team scores were: Houlton-Greater Houlton Christian Academy 37, Orono 40, George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 85, Bucksport 98 and Bangor Christian 99. Searsport also participated. The top three teams qualify for the states.

The Class C boys team scores were: Orono 34, George Stevens Academy 69, Bucksport 74, Sumner of Sullivan 135, Maine School of Science and Mathematics of Limestone 147, Lee Academy 149, Dexter 153, Washington Academy of East Machias 167 and Machias 235. Searsport also participated. The top five teams qualify for the states.

The individual results for Midcoast runners, with the first-place finisher also listed, were:

Class A girls — 1, Megan Randall, Bangor, 18:48.17; 4, VanRyn, CH, 20:01.63; 5, Middleton, CH, 20:16.36; 15, Howland, CH, 21:39.87; 19, Hildreth, CH, 22:01.32; 25, Black, CH, 22:36.87; 33, Zoe O’Brien, CH, 23:00.89; and 38, Addie Cortese, CH, 23:18.74.

Class A boys — 1, Daniel McCarthy, Bangor, 15:25.13; 25, Walker Hedrich, CH, 18:11.12; 39, Isaiah Smith, CH, 18:46.69; 42, Zachary Clement, CH, 18:55.43; 52, Ben Pike, CH, 19:24.95; 56, Finn Urey, CH, 19:36.82; 68, Sam VanLonkhuyzen, CH, 20:32.06; and 69, Ian Kozielec, CH, 20:35.49.

Medomak Valley’s Connor Daigle, right, hugs veteran Panther coach George Gould. Photo by Mark Haskell

Class B girls — 1, Amelia VanDongen, Mount Desert, 19:39.69; 17, Fowler, Bel, 22:03.39; 22, McVearry, Bel, 22:59.34; 26, Soule, Med, 23:06.94; 41, Erin Robbins, Bel, 24:54.47; 42, Emily Mahoney, Med, 25:13.21; 46, Jalyn Drost, Med, 25:28.58; 51, Estella Sprague, Bel, 26:20.38; 64, Elizabeth Bowman, Med, 27:49.67; 65, Sydney Marriner, Bel, 28:16.24; 70, Molly Jennings, Med, 30:25.70; 71, Kylie Blake, Med, 30:42.94; and 72, Morgan Flanders, Med, 31:05.76. Maria Protheroe of Oceanside also participated in the event.

Class B boys — 1, Daigle, Med, 15:53.52; 15, Dyer, Bel, 18:04.76; 16, Robbins, Bel, 18:07.46; 19, Morris, Med, 18:13.15; 68, Cole Clark, Bel, 20:58.44; 73, Atticus Blue, Med, 21:23.96; 74, Logan Grubb, Med, 21:24.87; 75, Alec Rolfe, Bel, 21:27.44; 87, Zachary Armstrong, Bel, 23:15.27; and 93, Ryan Eldridge, Bel, 26:39.78.

Class C girls — 1, Ruth White, Orono, 17:41.10; 58, Emma Gaecklein, Sears, 32:02.80; and 63, Bella Campbell, Sears, 33:36.38.

Class C boys — 1, Kyle McClellan, Orono, 16:51.42; and 45, Thomas Bradley, Sears, 21:44.81.

Additionally in the Penobscot Valley Conference Class C championship races on Saturday, Oct. 16 in Bucksport, Gaecklein finished fourth among 46 runners in 29:53.04 44 and Bradley 44th among 57 runners in 22:42.65.

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