Blue Hill—George Stevens Academy senior John Hassett ran a 16:26.20 championship race at the Penobscot Valley Conference Cross Country Championships on October 15 in Old Town, winning his third title in as many years and breaking the course record.
Deer Isle-Stonington junior Brendan Penfold took second, with a 2.5 second margin over GSA’s Ollie Dillon, who placed third. That one-two-three finish has been typical for meets throughout the season.
Junior Eliza Broughton’s second place win (20:09.20) led the Eagles girls team to a second-place finish in class C after a 32-point tie with Orono edged the race to the sixth-place runner to break the tie. The top five team finishes count towards the total team score.
Juniors Mary Richardson placed 6th at 20:36.50, Zeya Lorio clocked in at 20:55.70 for 8th, sophomore Tess Williamson placed 13th at 21:15.80, junior Mary Brenna Catus ran 22:22.90 for 33rd and senior Bella Cimeno placed 36th at 22:54.70.
The GSA boys team finished third with 49 points to winner Orono’s 28 and Caribou’s 29. Freshman Caden Mattson finished 15th at 18:59.70, and seniors Tyler Varnum and Beckett Slayton placed 19th and 20th, at 19:42.60 and 19:51.10, with sophomore Sean Schweizer and Nyamh Wolf at 27th and 39th. Two of the top 20 finishers did not represent school teams, including Penfold, as the remaining Mariners runners competed on the junior varsity division.
The teams will race the Class C regionals on Saturday, in Belfast—12:10 p.m., boys, and 12:45 p.m., girls.