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Postseason cross-country meets to take off — including at THMS

Different venues, dates, but for runners to compete with, against best
By Mark Haskell | Oct 19, 2020

Troy Howard Middle School, which saw a successful, albeit pared down running of the typically large-scale Festival of Champions high school cross-country event early this month, will host a handful of more high-profile races in the coming weeks.

That news became clear after the Maine Principals’ Association announced on Friday, Oct. 16 that the state championships for Classes A, B and C will be at THMS, with the boys races to be run on Wednesday, Nov. 11 and girls on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The race times will be the same for both events as Class C will compete at 9:30 a.m., Class A at noon and Class B at 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, so there will be no scheduled classes for students. Thus, the day is open for the boys event.

In addition, the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference will host championships on Saturday, Oct. 31 at two venues.

The league Class A championships will be at Cony High School in Augusta, with the boys to race at 10 a.m. and girls at 11:45 a.m. Camden Hills of Rockport will participate in this event.

In order to comply with the state’s ordinance of no more than 100 people for outdoor events, the girls teams will congregate on the Cony High School football field and will not move to the race area until the boys have dispersed following their race.

KVAC Class A will send its top four teams (7 runners each) and top four individuals from schools that do not qualify as a team to the state championships.

The league Class B championships will be at THMS in Belfast, with the boys to race at 10 a.m. and the girls at 12:30 p.m. Oceanside of Rockland, Belfast and Medomak Valley of Waldoboro will participate in this event.

The girls teams will congregate at the Belfast Area High School football field and will be bused to THMS following the boys race.

KVAC Class B will send its top three teams (7 runners each) and top two individuals from schools that do not qualify as a team to the state championships.

The Penobscot Valley Conference championships and state qualifier will be at Saxl Park in Bangor, with the Class C boys to race at 9 a.m. and Class C girls at 11:15 a.m. Searsport will participate in this event.

The girls teams will congregate across the street from Saxl Park in the parking lot of the United Technologies Center and will not move to the race area until the boys have dispersed following their race.

PVC Class C will send its top three teams (7 runners each) and top two individuals from schools that do not qualify as a team to the state championships.

Regional events, where runners typically qualify for state championships, will not be held this year. Thus, conference championship events, for this season, will be where teams and individuals can potentially qualify for the states.

Fans will not be permitted at conference or state events, but the MPA hopes to provide a livestream for state championship races.

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