CUMBERLAND — Thirty-seven Midcoast high school cross-country runners raced to strong success in the state championship meet on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Twin Brook Recreation Area.

The Camden Hills of Rockport boys led the charge for area distance athletes with a New England-qualifying performance, while Medomak Valley’s Ava Collamore missed advancing by one place and six seconds and Windjammer Jenna VanRyn finished 11th in the Class A girls race.

The top 25 individuals overall, regardless of class, and the state team champions and next three top squads, qualified for the New England Championships on Saturday, Nov. 12 at  Ponaganset High School in Situate, R.I.

The Camden Hills girls and boys, along with Medomak Valley of Waldoboro girls, qualified and competed in the state meet, along with three additional area individuals.

The state Class A boys championship team scores were: Hampden Academy 52, Portland 103, Camden Hills 126, Mount Blue of Farmington 156, Bonny Eagle of Standish 157, South Portland 164, Scarborough 164, Brunswick 173, Kennebunk 236, Bangor 266, Messalonskee of Oakland 277, Windham 307, Gorham 311, Deering 328 and Falmouth 360.

The state Class A girls championship team scores were: Bonny Eagle 32, Marshwood of Eliot 80, Falmouth 104, Portland 110, Bangor 124, Camden Hills 166, Kennebunk 169, Hampden Academy 209, Mount Blue 233, Gorham 248, Brunswick 283 and Cheverus of Portland 287.

The state Class B girls championship team scores were: York 63, Mount Desert Island 105, Freeport 107, Lincoln Academy of Newcastle 119, Greely 165, Cape Elizabeth 184, Lake Region 212, Caribou 231, Yarmouth 232, Medomak Valley 237, Ellsworth 297 and Hermon 308.

There were 96 runners in the Class A girls race, as Bonny Eagle’s Addy Thibodeau finished first at 19:04.08.

The individual results for the Windjammers were: 11, Jenna VanRyn, 21:02.75; 14, Cassie Middleton, 21:17.22; 40, Cara Rothwell, 22:27.06; 53, Jaden Johnson, 22:56; 74, Lauren Howland, 23:57.87; 86, Zoe O’Brien, 25:13.45; and 89, Lola Black, 25:56.07.

Bonny Eagle finished with the first, third, fifth, eighth and 16th scoring runners, with a seven-runner total time of 1:41:53.79 and average runner time of 20:22. The Windjammers, unbeaten during the regular season, finished at 1:51:40.90 and 22:20.18.

There were 119 runners in the Class A boys race as Hampden Academy’s Charlie Collins finished first at 16:29.57.

The individual results for the Windjammers were: 19, Walker Hedrich, 17:42.55; 23, Zachary Clement, 17:54.22; 32, Henry McDevitt, 18:15.09; 39, Colin Wright, 18:26.84; 40, Sam Tooley, 18:28.97; 63, Ben Pike, 18:50.31; and 66, Mickey Nowell, 18:50.92.

Hampden Academy finished with the first, eighth, 10th, 12th and 21st scoring runners, a seven-runner total time of 1:26:18.02 and average time of 17:15.61. Camden Hills finished at 1:30:47.67 and 18:09.54.

“The boys team qualifying for New Englands wasn’t really on our radar on Saturday morning,” said Windjammer coach Helen Bonzi. “However, the potential had always been there. The boys have a lot of talent, drive, and determination. They’ve put in the training hours and they trusted in that. As soon as the gun went off they left any hesitation on the line and went for it. What an amazing race they all had.”

There were 98 runners in the Class B girls race as York’s Cary Drake finished first at 18:51.82.

The individual results for Medomak and Belfast were: 18, Ava Collamore, Med, 20:57.50; 33, Kaylee Collamore, Med, 21:56.03; 73, Meara Mcvearry, Bel, 22:57.49; 76, Ava Stuetz, Med, 27:02.12; 85, Jalyn Drost, Med, 26:33.44; 86, Amber Pendleton, Med, 25:25.08; and 93, Katherine McKenney, Med, 28:03.66. The Collamores are identical twin sisters.

York finished with the first, third, 11th, 18th and 30th scoring runners, seven-runner total time of 1:45:12.71 and average time of 21:02.55. Medomak Valley finished at 2:01:54.17 and 24:22.84.

There were 100 runners in the Class B boys race as Gray-New Gloucester’s Carter Libby finished first in 16:50.13.

The individual results for Medomak and Belfast were: 16, Noah Morris. Med, 18:00.88; and 21, Will Robbins, Bel, 18:10.58.

Freeport finished first at 35, with the second, third, ninth, 10th and 11th scoring runners, seven-runner total time of 1:28:18.14 and average time of 17:39.63.

For the Class C boys, Bucksport’s William Hileman finished first at 16:45.21 among 107 runners. George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill finished first at 61, with the seventh, 10th, 12th, 15th and 19th scoring runners, seven-runner total time of 1:33:58.91 and average runner time of 18:47.79.

For the Class C girls, Orono’s Ruth White finished first at 18:02.52 among 80 runners. Orono finished first at 29, with the first, fourth, fifth, ninth and 10th scoring runners, seven-runner total time of 1:42:34.85 and average runner time of 20:30.97.

Deeper look

Overall, there were 273 girls and 326 boys. No Midcoast runners qualified among the top 25, however, Medomak Valley’s Ava Collamore missed by one place and six seconds, and the Camden Hills boys, with their seven runners, did qualify by placing fourth.

The following are where area runners finished among the overall Class A, B and C fields:

Girls — 26, Ava Collamore, Med, 20:57.50; 29, Jenna VanRyn, CH, 21:02.75; 34, Cassie Middleton, CH, 21:17.22; 57, Kaylee Collamore, Med, 21:56.03; 85, Cara Rothwell, CH, 22:27.06; 113, Jaden Johnson, CH, 22:56.00; 116, Meara Mcvearry, Bel, 22:57.49; 171, Lauren Howland, CH, 23:57.87; 212, Zoe O’Brien, CH, 25:13.45; 219, Amber Pendleton, Med, 25:25.08; 226, Lola Black, CH, 25:56.07; 239, Jalyn Drost, Med, 26:33.44; 245, Ava Stuetz, Med, 27:02.12; and 254, Katherine McKenney, Med, 28:03.66.

Camden Hills finished 14th and Medomak Valley 25th.

Boys — 31, Walker Hedrich, CH, 17:42.55; 43, Zachary Clement, CH, 17:54.22; 50, Noah Morris, Med, 18:00.88; 61, Will Robbins, Bel, 18:10.58; 68, Henry McDevitt, CH, 18:15.09; 82, Colin Wright, CH, 18:26.84; 83, Sam Tooley, CH, 18:28.97; 124, Ben Pike, CH, 18:50.31; and 127, Mickey Nowell, CH, 18:50.92.

Camden Hills finished fourth.

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