High school cross country

Despite misdirection, Windjammers, Lions excel in Cony homecoming meet

By Staff | Sep 26, 2017

Augusta — A wrong turn and extra distance cost a couple of Midcoast high school cross-country runners better places and times, but, overall, Camden Hills and Belfast still fared especially well in the Cony homecoming meet on Friday, Sept. 22.

Hampden Academy's Wyatt Lord (17:52.98) and Maranacook's Laura Parent (22:17.01) were the first-place finishers. There were 71 girls and 99 boys who finished the race.

The boys team scores were: Hampden Academy 52, Cony 62, Edward Little of Auburn 86, Belfast 101, Maranacook of Readfield 102, Waterville 117, Camden Hills 168, Messalonskee of Oakland 176 and Gardiner 273.

The girls team scores were: Camden Hills 51, Maranacook 61, Cony 79, Messalonskee 82, Hampden Academy 99, Belfast 129 and Edward Little 180.

"There was much debate about submitting the results for the girls race at all because during the race there was a group of spectators standing in the middle of the course and they directed the four front runners to go the wrong way," said Camden Hills coach Helen Bonzi. "As a result Grace Iltis from Camden [Hills], Jillian Richardson from Edward Little, Molly McGrail from Maranacook and Miranda Dunton from Camden [Hills] all ran up to a mile off the course.

"Grace felt she was too far off course to turn around and compete well so she stopped. The other three turned around and finished the race, but way back in the standings. In the end the team standings weren’t affected. They all would have placed in the same order had those front runners not been misdirected. It was an upsetting situation, but there was nothing to be done about it."

Iltis had won all her races this year and likely would have finished first in this meet as well.

The individual Camden Hills and Belfast boys results were — 8, Ricky Smith, Bel, 19:04.14; 15, Luke Blow, Bel, 19:49.25; 19, Brendan Moline, Bel, 20:13.07; 20, Hayden Thibeault, CH, 20:17.82; 22, Eamon Goscinski, Bel, 20:26.46; 33, Sam Poutasse, CH, 21:14.95; 37, Ian Orsmond, CH, 21:27.69; 39, Timmy Smith, Bel, 21:31.88; 41, Elias Porter, CH, 21:49.23; 44, Will Karod, CH, 21:55.55; 45, Joseph Potter, Bel, 22:02.03; 49, Gary Moline, Bel, 22:17.81; 52, Leo Kalajian, CH, 22:30.42; 66, Adam Bifulco, CH, 23:41.14; 69, Nathaniel Morsey, Bel, 23:52.44; 72, Nathaniel Stanley, CH, 24:27.12; 75, Jonathan McDevitt, CH, 24:46.06; 79, Brian Rollerson, Bel, 24:52.76; 80, Colin Stewart, CH, 25:20.24; 81, Hunter Hoskins, CH, 25:48.13; 82, Skye Abaldo, CH, 25:55.59; 83, Sam Gallagher, CH, 26:17.85; 84, Robin Apollonio, CH, 26:22.63; 85, Jack Poutasse, CH, 26:28.30; 87, Sawyer Carson, Bel, 27:11.88; 90, Ben Kern, CH, 27:35.94; 91, Patrick O'Donovan, Bel, 27:52.04; 94, Samuel Goscinski, Bel, 29:50.80; and 96, Thomas Eagar, CH, 29:59.58.

The individual Camden Hills and Belfast girls results were — 5, Phoebe Root, CH, 23:02.51; 6, Claire Wyman, CH, 23:09.84; 7, Rose O'Brien, CH, 23:11.84; 11, Alli Wells, CH, 23:34.58; 14, Zoe Deans, Bel, 24:00.64; 21, Lillie Mitchell, Bel, 25:02.34; 22, Caitlin Maddocks, Bel, 25:09.41; 24, Lauren Rothwell, CH, 25:22.47; 36, Margaret Richmond, CH, 26:25.93; 37, Kaitlyn Kessel, CH, 26:26.41; 38, Macy Pushaw, CH, 26:30.86; 39, Bella Gallace, CH, 26:31.80; 41, Miranda Dunton, CH, 26:35.98; 45, Maddie Holt, CH, 28:09.43; 46, Rowan Walsh Bel, 28:12.68; 49, Thia Allen, CH, 28:17.66; 54, Tara O'Donovan, Bel, 29:12.88; 56, Natalie Owre, CH, 29:49.24; 57, Katherine Upham, CH, 29:59.21; 59, Gia Davilla, Bel, 30:42.70; 60, Alyssa Hastings, Bel, 30:58.96; and 70, Erin Hayes, Bel, 39:17.77.

Courier Publications' sports staff can be reached by email at sports@villagesoup.com or by phone at 594-4401.

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