Festival of Champions brings out the best in cross country

George Steven's John Hassett

George Steven’s John Hassett places sixth out of 345 seeded runners at the Festival of Champions in Bucksport on October 1. The boys team was 19th out of 76 competing schools. Photo by John Richardson

Belfast—The cross country team had a good outing at the Festival of Champions meet in Belfast. As expected, Brendan Penfold was the only runner we had in contention, but all 5 runners posted their best times overall. Brendan Penfold ran the 5K course in 16:55 coming in 28th place, which may not sound impressive until you know that the field was 345 seeded runners from all over Maine, New England, and some from Canada, over 70 teams in all. He knocked 31 seconds off his best time for this course.

For the underclassmen, Trevor Cochrane ran it in 22:11, knocking 2 minutes off his previous best; Ian Cust ran 26:02, and Benjamin Penfold ran 27:39. SooZin Cha ran her best time so far as well, with a time of 34:37. This was a treat for everyone, as we didn’t run in this race last year because we hadn’t registered in time. This is also the course for the State competition, so it is good experience for all. Now that we are classified as a team, it is easier to be involved in all the events.

sports; DIS; festival; champions; ian; cust; 100616; Deer IsleStonington High School; Mariners; dishs; game; high school; school; team; track Mariner Ian Cust competed in the unseeded boys section, and placed 178th. Photo by Tate Yoder

Mariner Ian Cust competed in the unseeded boys section, and placed 178th. Photo by Tate Yoder

sports; DIS; festival; champions; brendan; penfold; 100616; Deer IsleStonington High School; Mariners; dishs; game; high school; school; team; track Marniner Brendan Penfold ran his best time, 16:55. Photo by Tate Yoder

Marniner Brendan Penfold ran his best time, 16:55. Photo by Tate Yoder

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Mariner Trevor Cochrane competes in the unseeded boys section of the Festival of Champions, cheered on by Brendan Penfold, who placed 28th. Photo by Tate Yoder

sports; DIS; festival; champions; penfold; two; 100616; Deer IsleStonington High School; Mariners; dishs; game; high school; school; team; track Marniner Brendan Penfold ran his best time, 16:55. Photo by Tate Yoder

Marniner Brendan Penfold ran his best time, 16:55. Photo by Tate Yoder

The start of the 345 seeded boys

GSA’s John Hassett leads the start of the 345 seeded boys, placing sixth. Photo by John Richardson

Eagle Eliza Broughton

Eagle Eliza Broughton gets a quick start at the Festival of Champions. Photo by John Richardson

The Eagles girls cross-country team placed sixth out of 76 teams across New England. From left, Mary Brennan Catus, Tess Wiliamson, Bella Cimeno, Zeya Lorio, Mary Richardson, Eliza Broughton, Ivy Manner Weelden and Susanna Jakub. Photo by John Richardson

The Eagles girls cross-country team placed sixth out of 76 teams across New England. From left, Mary Brennan Catus, Tess Wiliamson, Bella Cimeno, Zeya Lorio, Mary Richardson, Eliza Broughton, Ivy Manner Weelden and Susanna Jakub. Photo by John Richardson

Mary Richardson races the Belfast cross country trail at the Festival of Champions. Photo by John Richardson

Mary Richardson races the Belfast cross country trail at the Festival of Champions. Photo by John Richardson

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