Blue Hill—The Eagles cross-country girls team captured a first-place finish in the regional championship race on October 21, with senior Eliza Broughton winning the Northern Class C girls’ title. The boys finished second behind Orono.
Broughton shaved 11 seconds off her personal record set at the Belfast track earlier this season, crossing the finish line in 19:33.42. She placed third across all three northern school classes.
“I was really focusing on improving my time, not just [my] place,” Broughton said.
The girls team scored 46 points to second place Orono’s 52 points, reversing the two rival teams’ places at the Penobscot Valley Conference the week before. The Eagles hope to repeat as state champions October 28 on the hilly Cumberland course.
“We’ve been training for it all season,” Coach Erich Reed said. “We’ve been working hills, like Blue Hill mountain.”
Winning back-to-back state championships has been the girls’ goal from the season’s start,
Reed said, and Broughton agreed: “Our ultimate goal has been to win the states.
“We always tell each other before a race, ‘If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for the team.’”
The girls have four top-finisher seniors: Broughton, Mary Richardson, Zeya Lorio, and Mary Brenna Catus, who regularly finish in the top 10 to 15.
The boys finished with 104 points to Orono’s 19 points. Sophomore Caden Mattson placed seventh at 17:42.43, with senior Max Mattson, freshman Ian Renwick, junior Sean Schweizer and sophomore Nyahm Wolf rounding out the top five scorers.
“Both teams had their best meet so far,” Reed said. “We’re hoping that next week we can notch it up a bit.”