BELFAST—The George Stevens Academy girls’ cross-country team edged out Orono by one point to bring home the Northern Regional Class C Cross Country title on October 27 at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. Eliza Broughton (20:06.66), Mary Richardson (20:16.94) and Zeya Lorio (20:18.37) punched in a 2-3-4 finish that placed the Eagles one point ahead for a35-36 win over the three-time reigning state champions Orono Red Riots. Tess Williamson finished at 12th, and Bella Cimeno 17th.
The last time the girls cross country team brought home a regional title was in 1982, according to Coach Erich Reed.
Competition between George Stevens and Orono has been tight all season, with the Penobscot Valley Championships two weeks ago determined by the sixth runner, for a one-point win to Orono.
The boys’ team finished second, 26-54 behind Orono, while senior John Hassett,running a 16:19:55 race, won the Class C champion title or the second straight year, Ollie Dillon placed third, five seconds behind Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brendan Penfold, while Max Mattson edged out younger brother Caden by a hair over one second for 19th. Beckett Slayton rounded out the top five GSA runners at 31st.
“Both teams were ready and focused from the time we showed up to the meet, and ran strong races with excellent strategy,” Reed emailed after the meet.
The top five finishes for each team combine for the team’s total score, with not all runners , for example, Penfold, competing for a team.
The girls and boys teams also qualified for the state championship on Saturday, November 5, on the same track at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. The boys start at 12:30p.m., and the girls at 1:05 p.m.