Blue Hill—As if it wasn’t enough for seniors Brendan Penfold and Eliza Broughton to win the Penobscot Valley Conference cross country championships at Orono High School on October 14, they each set a new course record.
Penfold, the sole Deer Isle-Stonington varsity runner, completed the 3.1 mile run in 17:15.52, 25 seconds faster than the course record set two weeks earlier.
Broughton, a George Stevens Academy standout, shaved 37 seconds off the girl’s record, which was also set two weeks ago, with a 20:43.10 race.
The GSA girls team was edged by three points into second place by Orono, which won with a score of 26. The two rival schools held the top 10 finishes, with seniors Mary Richardson and Zeya Lorio finishing fifth and sixth, respectively, senior Mary Brenna Catus eighth, and freshman Grace Broughton in ninth for a team score of 29.
The two schools will compete at the Northern Regional Championship before heading to the state final, where GSA hopes to repeat its first-place title in 2016.
The GSA boys scored 82 points for a second-place finish, powered by sophomore Caden Mattson’s fourth-place finish at 18:43.61. Senior Max Mattson finished 15th at 19:51.43, freshman Ian Renwick 17th, at 19:53.42, with junior Sean Schweizer and sophomore Nyahm Wolf taking 22nd and 24th. Orono took first place with 26 points.