High school cross country

Belfast boys, Lion quintet, Viking solo act make run to states

Ricky Smith, Brendan Moline, Goscinski, Mitchell, Deans, Clapp races on
By Ken Waltz | Oct 23, 2017

Belfast — When the dust settled for the nearly 550 high school cross-country runners who trekked across the 5,000-meter, or 3.1-mile, Troy Howard Middle School course in six races on Saturday, Oct. 21, one Waldo County team and six individuals had used their legs and feet to punch tickets to the state meet.

From the Northern Maine regional, the Belfast boys, along with individual Lions Ricky Smith, Brendan Moline, Eamon Goscinski, Lillie Mitchell and Zoe Deans, qualified for the state Class B championship races on Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland.

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Additionally, Searsport's Holden Clapp qualified for the state Class C championship race, at the same site.

As a qualifying team, seven Lion boys runners, along with the ones who qualified as individuals, moved on to the state meet.

The state Class B races will be at 2 p.m. for the girls and 2:35 p.m. for the boys. The state Class C boys race will be at 11:35 a.m.

The top 50 percent of the teams that started regional races qualified for the states, along with the top 30 individuals in each race.

Overall, at the regional meet, there were 247 female and 300 male runners in all classes.

The Class B North girls team scores were: Caribou 46, Ellsworth 70, Mount Desert Island 74, Presque Isle 146, Old Town 148, Winslow 169, Belfast 173, John Bapst of Bangor 203, Hermon 223, Erskine Academy of South China 223 and Washington Academy of East Machias 287.

The Class B North boys team scores were: Hermon 81, Mount Desert Island 86, Waterville 86, Caribou 90, Belfast 156, Presque Isle 166, Erskine Academy 169, Ellsworth 169, John Bapst 238, Old Town 265, Washington Academy 287, Winslow 332, Foxcroft Academy of Dover-Foxcroft 339 and Oceanside of Rockland/Thomaston 371.

The Class C North girls team scores were: George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill 46, Orono 52, Maine School of Science and Mathematics of Limestone 85, Greater Houlton Christian 87, Narraguagus of Harrington 129, Washburn 143, Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln 167 and Machias 211.

The Class C North boys team scores were: Orono 19, George Stevens Academy 104, Greater Houlton Christian 107, Maine School of Science and Mathematics 129, Calais 144, Mattanawcook Academy 159, Lee Academy 160, Washburn 194, Bucksport 237, Machias 241, Sumner of East Sullivan 268, Madawaska 302 and Fort Kent 345.

The individual Belfast boys Class B North results (100 total runners), with the first-place finisher also listed, were: 1, Nicholas Dall, Waterville, 16:41.50; 10, Ricky Smith, 17:59.34; 13, Brendan Moline, 18:03.67; 18, Eamon Goscinski, 18:19.71; 53, Timmy Smith, 20:06.79; 66, Joseph Potter, 20:34.83; 67, Gary Moline, 20:35.81; and 70, Nathaniel Morsey, 20:45.93.

Overall, for all 300 boys in all classes, Ricky Smith finished an impressive 45th and the Lions were 14th among 40 teams.

The individual Belfast girls Class B results (86 total runners), with the first-place finisher also listed, were: 1, Olivia Tiner, Winslow, 19:38.47; 18, Lillie Mitchell, 21:58.05; 28, Zoe Deans, 22:47.98; 48, Tara O'Donovan,  24:42.11; 50, Gia Davilla, 24:51.02; 51, Rowan Walsh, 24:51.12; and 57, Jordan Kulbe, 25:45.36. Emily Jolliffe of Belfast also participate in the meet.

The individual Searsport boys Class C North results (106 total runners), with the first-place finisher also listed, were: 1, Brendan Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 16:40.70; 18, Holden Clapp, 18:46.83; 36, Steven Courtney, 20:03.55; 79, Devin Fairbrother, 22:31.63; and 102, William Bradley, 30:19.94.

There were no Searsport runners among the 77 Class C North girls. George Stevens Academy's Eliza Broughton finished first at 19:33.42.

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Ken Waltz has been a media member 35 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He has an associate degree in law enforcement and studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Hannah, and daughter, Audrey Josephine. Ken loves to golf, ride his motorcycle, exercise at the YMCA and follow his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins. He also has had a lifelong passion for the mysterious and all things paranormal/cryptozoological.

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