Hassett fastest runner at PVC Invitational Boys, girls teams place second

Hassett wins PVCs

GSA’s John Hassett races to a first place finish. Photo by John Richardson

Lincoln—George Stevens Academy junior John Hassett took home the championship at the Penobscot Valley Conference Cross Country Invitational on October 17 in Lincoln with the fastest overall time of 101 runners across the small and large school divisions.

At 16:14.28, he was the only runner to break 17 minutes for the three-mile run. His win reprises 2014 when he also brought home the PVC crown.

“It was a great finish to the regular season,” Coach Erich Reed said, speaking of all his runners’ performances.

Among Class C teams, GSA finished 15 seconds behind Orono, a team it has been trading wins with all season. GSA runners Ollie Dillon came in sixth in the Class C division of 53 runners, and 10th overall, at 17:23.77, and Will Entwisle seventh and 11th overall at 17:31.96. Aylen Wolf and Oliver Broughton contributed top-15 finishes to the team score.

The girls also lost to first-place Orono, taking four of the top nine spots. Eliza Broughton came in fourth at 19:53.03, and Zeya Lorio fifth at 20:11.90. Mary Richardson ran for sixth at 20:17.90, and seventh overall, with Hanna Gutow at ninth in Class C and 14th overall, at 21:24.82.

Overall, 13 varsity GSA runners were recognized for top-20 finishes.

“To give context…from 2006-20012, our teams had one athlete receive an award,” Reed noted. Each team will bring its top 10 runners to the northern regional championships on Saturday. Runners qualifying for the state championship on October 31 will be determined after the regional race.

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