Seniors Eliza Broughton, Mary Brenna Catus (not pictured), Zeya Lorio, Max Mattson, Mary Richardson (Not Pictured), Mazie Smallidge, Jiachen Wang, Berlioz Xu, Albert Yian Zhang; Juniors Eric Cai, Susanna Jakub, Riley Lamarre, Ivy Manner-Wheelden, Oshi Ragot, Jon Robbins, Sean Schweizer, Isaac Wardwell; Sohomores Ian Howell, David Lin, Caden Mattson, Nyahm Wolf, Randy Yan; Freshmen Grace Broughton; Josie Czuj, Jenna Eldridge, Nick Laszlo, Ian Renwick, Zeke Sacaridiz, Oliver Wilson.
Blue Hill—In a meet pitting teams from six Class C schools in a five kilometer race, the George Stevens Academy boys and girls cross country teams placed second behind Orono at the Bucksport Invitational on September 9.
After the GSA girls teams unseated Orono as state champion in 2016, the rivalry appears to be hot from the season’s start.
“Orono did a good job reloading with a couple freshmen,” Coach Erich Reed said. “[The two teams] should be as or more competitive as last year.”
The Eagles have their own top freshman in Grace Broughton, younger sister to top runner and senior Eliza, as well as senior Mazie Smallidge, who joined the team this year, who both did well at Bucksport, Reed said.
Eliza Broughton won her second race in as many weeks, posting a 19:51 time, with senior Zeya Lorio in sixth, Grace Broughton in 12th, Smallidge in 14th and junior Susanna Jakub in 18th, for a team score of 51. Missing from action were two of the team’s core runners, seniors Mary Richardson and Mary Brenna Catus. Orono scored 22 points, taking the second through fifth spots and the 8th spot.
‘The boys are running very well…It’s pretty exciting. It will be very interesting to see where the team progresses.’
—Coach Erich Reed, GSA cross country
The George Stevens boys placed behind Orono by about the same margin, 59-21. John Bapst-transfer junior Isaac Wardwell was the Eagles’ top runner, posting a time of 18:46 race for 10th place, with sophomore Caden Mattson six seconds behind in 11th. Senior Max Mattson in 13th, freshman Ian Renwick in 17th and sophomore Nyahm Wolf in 18th rounded out the team’s top five finishes. Deer Isle-Stonington senior Brendan Penfold took first place with a 16:25 race.
Reed said some team members have shaved two or three minutes off their time on the same track last year. “The boys are running very well…It’s pretty exciting. It will be very interesting to see where the team progresses.”
While the team trains at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds, “this year we’re starting to focus more on hills,” Reed noted, “because the state meet is a hillier course.”
The Eagles will race in five meets leading up to the Class C North l championship on October 21 and the state championship the following week. The most competitive is the Festival of Champions, which draws up to 80 teams across Maine and New England to Belfast on September 30.