ELLSWORTH—The Ellsworth Invitational on September 3 opened the 2016 cross country varsity season for George Steven Academy and Deer Isle-Stonington, with GSA senior John Hassett taking first and DI-S junior Brendan Penfold second in the three-mile race.
Hassett started strong and kept the pace for his 16:13.12 win out of the 74-man field, with Penfold coming in second at 17:01.05. Overall, the boys team finished fifth out of 10 teams, with senior Ollie Dillon (17:4215) placing fifth. Junior Max Maxwell (19:17.08; 22nd), senior Beckett Slayton (21:44.68; 54th) and sophomore Sean Schweizer (24:15.74; 72nd) rounded out the runners, who scored 139 team points, a thin margin behind fourth place Sanford (137). Orono won the meet with 32 points.
The GSA girls placed third, with the juniors in charge, as Eliza Broughton (20:11.94) and Mary Richardson (20:45.94) took fifth and sixth, respectively, and Mary Brenna Catus (22:33.36) 15th. Catus barely out-paced senior Bella Cimeno (22:39.59), who took 17th. Sophomore Ivy Manner-Weelden (26:42.90) completed the girls team, which scored 84 points, out of 10 high schools and 68 runners. Caribou (74) placed second, and Orono took first with 64 points, although the fastest individual time went to Mount Desert Island runner Tia Tardy (19:23.48), whose team placed fourth.
The top five runners from each school were awarded points in the three-mile cross country race, with the fastest runners scoring the lowest number of points. A first place finish nets one point, a second place finish two points, a third place finish three points and so on. The lowest possible score would be 15, if runners from one school took the top five spots. The only exception is if a runner is not representing a team.
The cross country runners hit Bucksport for their next meet on Saturday, September 10, with an 11 a.m. start time.