GSA girls, Broughton win in Class C North

The Eagle senior girls

The Eagle senior girls race to the title at the Class C Northern championship cross country race in Belfast, October 21. From left, Eliza Broughton, Mary Brenna Catus, Zeya Lorio and Mary Richardson. By John Richardson

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.

George Stevens Academy senior Eliza Broughton

George Stevens Academy senior Eliza Broughton wins the Class C North title October 21 in Belfast. By John Richardson

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,

George Stevens Academy junior Sean Schweizer

George Stevens Academy junior Sean Schweizer races the Belfast course. By John Richardson

 

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.”

The Eagle girls team

The Eagle girls team wins the Class C North title in Belfast October 21. By John Richardson

George Stevens Academy senior Max Mattson

George Stevens Academy senior Max Mattson helps bring a second-place finish to the boys team in Belfast at the Class C North championship October 21. By John Richardson

The Eagle boys team display their second-place plaque

The Eagle boys team display their second-place plaque. Front, from left, Oliver Wilson, Ian Renwick, Nyahm Wolf; back row, Isaac Wardwell, Sean Schweizer, Nick Lazlo, Caden Mattson and Max Mattson. By John Richardson

 

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