Five of six cross country teams qualify for states-Southern edition

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South Portland’s Steven Smith and Scarborough’s Harrison Osborn run side by side in the Class A boys’ cross country regional meet Saturday. Smith finished 22nd and Osborne was 27th. The Red Storm were third as a team and the Red Riots placed ninth.

More photos below.

Local cross country runners performed very well at Saturday’s regional championship meet at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland.

Scarborough’s boys tallied 111 points to come in third behind Falmouth (56) and Deering (89). South Portland (243) was ninth and earned the last spot from the region at the state meet.

The Red Storm placed two runners in the top 10, Shamus Malia (sixth, 17:19.92) and Connor Griffin (seventh, 17:20.37). Also scoring were Harrison Osborn (27th, 18:05.17), Luke Grover (33rd, 18:19.08) and Erik Larkin (38th, 18:35.05).

Scarborough, the Class A champion in 2014 and 2015, qualified for states for the 18th year in a row and is seeking its 14th straight top five finish.

The Red Riots were led by Xander Keiter, who placed ninth in 17:25.02. Also scoring were Steven Smith (22nd, 17:53.84), Layton Steele (65th, 19:18.66), Bradley Mileson (69th, 19:22.11) and Jack Kingsley (78th, 19:37.35).

South Portland qualified for states for the second year in a row.

In the Class A girls’ meet, also won by Falmouth with 75 points, Scarborough (155) placed sixth and qualified for states, while South Portland (339) was 14th and didn’t make the cut.

The Red Storm were led by Bethany Sholl, who was fifth individually in 20:32.60. Also scoring were Samantha Saraceno (21st, 21:38.01), Marisa Carbone (28th, 22:07.76), Ryanne Cox (29th, 22:10.80) and Anna Gardner (72nd, 24:41.21).

Scarborough will take part at states for the third year in a row.

The Red Riots were paced Saturday by Serena McKenzie, who came in 34th, 22:24.97. Also scoring were Thaovy Doung (60th, 23:51.84), Abby Richardson (77th, 25:19.38), Suzanne Tanski (80th, 25:21.15) and Erica Magnuson (88th, 26:01.85). 

South Portland’s string of seven straight state appearances was snapped.

In Class B South, Cape Elizabeth’s girls had 126 points and placed fifth (Greely was first with 41). The Capers qualified for the 16th year in a row. They were led by Camilla Grasso (15th, 21:02.99) and Kelsey Kennedy (16th, 21:03.27). Also scoring were Emma Shedd (23rd, 21:20.49), Liv Palma (24th, 21:21.02) and Alicia Lawrence (48th, 23:05.17). 

Cape Elizabeth’s boys’ team tallied 176 points and placed sixth (Greely won that meet as well with 47 points). The Capers were led by freshman Jack Bassett (18th, 18:01.29). Also scoring were Mac Huffard (25th, 18:18.33), Will Corsello (36th, 18:44.22), Arsen Scheindel (41st, 18:52.57) and Will Pearson (56th, 19:37.87).

Cape Elizabeth will run at states for the 15th year in a row.

States

The state meet is in Belfast Saturday.

Cape Elizabeth’s boys kick things off in Class B at 1 p.m. The Capers girls run at 1:35 p.m. Scarborough and South Portland’s boys compete in the Class A race at 3:20 p.m. The Red Storm girls start at 3:55 p.m.

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

South Portland’s Xander Keiter sets the pace as Scarborough’s Shamus Malia follows. Malia wound up catching and passing Keiter and came in sixth, in the Class A South boys’ race, while Keiter placed ninth.

Scarborough’s Bethany Sholl had the fifth-best time in the Class A South girls’ race.

Cape Elizabeth’s Camilla Grosso, left, and Kelsey Kennedy help the Capers to a fifth-place team finish at the Class B South girls’ cross country regional meet. Grosso came in 15th individually and Kennedy was 16th.

Cape Elizabeth’s Mac Huffard had the 25th-best time in Class B South.

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