Blue Hill—With runners from 10 Class C and D schools competing, the George Stevens Academy girls cross-country team swept the top three spots and easily won the Seacoast Invitational at Sumner High School September 22.
Senior Eliza Broughton ran a 20:49 race for first place, followed by teammates and seniors Mary Richardson, at 21:14, and Zeya Lorio, at 21:30.
Mary Brenna Catus, also a senior, took sixth at 23:47 and junior Susanna Jakub took 10th at 25:06 for a total of 22 points. Second place Narraguagus trailed far behind at 62 points.
Jakub squeaked past teammate and freshman Jenna Eldridge, who posted a 25:08. Junior Oshi Ragout claimed the 12th spot at 25:13. With freshman Josie Czuj in 4th at 25:27, the George Stevens girls filled eight of the top 15 finishes in a field of 41, boding well for the title meets ahead: the Hancock County championships, Penobscot Valley Conference championships, and the Northern Class C and state class C championships.
The GSA Eagles brought home the state Class C title in 2016 but will face the always-tough Red Riots, who will be looking to title again, beginning October 14, at the PVCs held at their home field in Orono.
In the boys field, Deer Isle-Stonington’s Brendan Penfold missed his fourth, consecutive first-place finish by one second, posting 7:13 behind Washington Academy’s Matyas Machtiagall.
The GSA boys team finished second by a slim margin of three points, behind Calais’ 49.
The next meet is the season’s largest, the Festival of Champions, where up to 75 schools from Maine and New England compete at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, on Saturday, September 30, at 10:30 a.m.