GSA boys win cross country state championship, girls second John Hassett takes first

The George Stevens Academy Eagles girls celebrate second-place Class C state cross country win, with, at right, Coach Erich Reed. Photo by John RIchardson

The George Stevens Academy Eagles girls celebrate second-place Class C state cross country win, with, at right, Coach Erich Reed. Photo by John Richardson

John Hassett. Photo by John Richardson

John Hassett. Photo by John Richardson

CUMBERLAND—The Eagle boys ran to a a state title at the cross country state championships in Cumberland on October 31.

Junior John Hassett  helped secure the win, taking first place among the 102 Class C runners.

Hassett’s state title comes after wins at the PVCs and Northern Regionals. His 16:46.18 finish was seventh among the 329 Class A, B and C runners, and less than 30 seconds behind the fastest time posted by senior Osmon Dorman of Class A Lewiston.

Junior Ollie Dillon placed 7th and senior Will Entwisle 9th. Seniors Aylen Wolf (23rd), Devlin Valle (26th) and Oliver Broughton (48th) rounded out the seven state qualifiers.

Orono placed second, after besting the Eagles at the Northern Regionals and the Penobscot Valley Conference the last two weeks. GSA finished with a score of 60, a comfortable win ahead of Orono’s 71.

The girls placed second behind Orono, with sophomores Eliza Broughton placing 5th, Zeya Lorio at seventh and Mary Richardson grabbing the 10th spot. Senior Hanna Gutow (16th), freshman Tess Williamson (25th), senior Rachel DesFosses (36th) and junior Bella Cimeno (44th) rounded out the top seven girls who qualified for the state meet. The team final score was 51, far beyond third-place finisher Waynflete’s 104.

Coach Erich Reed has coached the  GSA cross country team since 2012, and has brought runners to the state championships each year. The Eagles have won the state championships in 1960 and 1993.

 

This article was corrected from an earlier version that stated GSA had not previously won a state championship and did not run a continuous cross country program. 

 

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