City runners perform well at state cross country meet

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Three local teams and five individuals took part in the cross country state championship meet Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.

The top performance came from the Waynflete girls, the Class C South regional champion, who had a third-place finish at states with 104 points. Orono easily won the meet with 24 points, while George Stevens Academy was runner-up with 51. The Flyers had three successive finishers, as Abby Pipkin was 15th (completing the 5-kilometer course in 22 minutes, 16.29 seconds), Ellie Chidsey came in 16th (22:16.37) and Gail Johnson was 17th (22:18.36). Also scoring were Sophia Mayone, 25th (23:10.14), and Eloise King-Clements (31st, 23:36.83). 

Waynflete’s boys had 169 points and placed seventh (George Stevens Academy was first with 60). The Flyers were paced by Wilson Moore, who came in 11th in 17:49.72. Also scoring were John Veroneau (27th, 19:18.73), Peterson Silk (34th, 19:29.95), John Van Dyk (45th, 20:13.28) and Andrew Clark (52nd, 20:33.40).

The only other city team to qualify was the Deering boys, who had 183 points and came in fifth in Class A (Scarborough won another crown with 60). The Rams were led by Abdi Hassan (13th, 17:28.42). Also scoring were Alex Troxell (30th, 18:05.31), Abdikadir Abdirahman (41st, 18:23.38), Musa Abdi (49th, 18:33.66) and Yahya Nure (50th, 18:33.75).

Cheverus didn’t compete as a team, but did send two individuals. Josh Veroneau had the 15th-best time (17:26.20). Steve Larkin had the 77th-best time (18:59.66). 

In the Class A girls’ meet, won by Bonny Eagle with 58 points, Cheverus saw two individuals compete, while Deering had one.

Cheverus’ Rosie Train had the 18th-fastest time (20:52.02). Ashley Turner had the 59th-fastest time (22:13.36).

Deering’s Grace Tumavicus had the 19th-best time (20:54.86).

New Englands

The New England championship meet is Saturday, Nov. 14 in Thetford, Vermont. The state meet’s top six teams and top 25 runners regardless of class in each gender qualified.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Waynflete’s Wilson Moore heads toward an 11th-place finish at Saturday’s Class C boys’ cross country meet. The Flyers came in seventh as a team.

Cheverus’ Rosie Train and Deering’s Grace Tumavicus come out of the woods during Saturday’s Class A girls’ cross country state meet. Train wound up with the 18th-best time, while Tumavicus had the 19th-fastest time.

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