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Two local cross country teams won regional titles Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Center and they’ll be joined by nine other teams at the state meet this coming weekend.
Both Falmouth teams qualified in Class A, Freeport’s boys won the Class B South title, while Greely and Yarmouth also qualified and on the girls’ side, all three schools made the cut, while in Class C South, Maine Coast Waldorf’s boys and girls and the North Yarmouth Academy girls also punched their ticket.
Yarmouth’s girls repeated as regional champions, while the Freeport boys, the defending Class B state champion, also ascended to the top spot.
The Clippers tallied 55 points to finish 19 points ahead of runner-up Greely. Freeport (137 points) placed fifth.
Yarmouth was led by Abigail Hamilton (who had a 5-kilometer time of 19 minutes, 34.9 seconds) and Anneka Murrin (19:39.0), who placed third and fourth respectively. Also scoring were Grace Cowles (ninth, 20:37.6), Georgia Giese (15th, 21:17.4) and Danielle Laverdiere (24th, 21:33.0).
“The girls ran a very good race on Saturday,” said longtime Clippers coach Bob Morse. “They were very happy to be crowned Southern B champions. They still remember last year and know that they have to jump a hurdle in Greely Saturday. The team’s taking nothing for granted.”
The Rangers had the top two individuals, Katherine Leggat-Barr (19:10.1) and Carolyn Todd (19;34.1). Also scoring were Sophia Stickney (19th, 21:26.8), Julia Curran (23rd, 21:31.2) and Kate Curran (29th, 21:43.6).
The Falcons were led by Lily Johnston (13th, 21:13.7). Hannah Schnyder (21st, 21:30.3), Laura Pierce (32nd, 21:56.9), Lily Horne (35th, 22:13.9) and Kayla Belanger (36th, 22:14.9) also scored.
Freeport took the Class B South boys’ title with 59 points, which was 19 points better than York. Greely (79) was third and Yarmouth (124) placed fourth.
The Falcons had three of the top six finishers, as Chandler Vincent placed third (16:35.4), Henry Jaques was fourth (16:38.1) and Erik Brobst finished sixth (17:08.3). Also scoring were Alex Les (15th, 17:42.2) and Tom Doyle (31st, 18:21.5).
The Rangers had two top-five finishers, runner-up Ryan Morrison (16:35.0) and Kyle Hansen (fifth, 16:59.4). Also scoring were Max Stickney (14th, 17:35.8), Matthew Todd (25th, 18:10.6) and Adam Bruder (33rd, 18:25.4).
The Clippers produced the individual champion, Luke Laverdiere, who had a time of 16:32.0. Also scoring were Sammy Potter (13th, 17:34.7), Ben Cox-Faxon (34th, 18:31.6), Zachary Rapone (35th, 18:35.3) and Patrick Mallett (41st, 18:56.9).
“The boys ran bette rthan we had picked them to place,” Morse said. “Fifth-place was our goal, so fourth place was great. The boys did not qualify for states last year, so they are very happy and pleased with their performance as a team. We’re shooting for sixth place at states.”
In the Class A South boys’ meet, Falmouth’s 71 points left it 26 shy of Scarborough. The Yachtsmen were led by Sean Soucy (fourth, 16:54.4) and Jeremiah Sands (seventh, 17:21.4). Also scoring were Josh Simensky (17th, 17:43.9), John Auer (18th, 17:44.0) and Conner Piers (25th, 17:52.5).
In the girls’ meet, won by Bonny Eagle with 44 points, Falmouth (108) placed fourth. Scoring were Gina Pardi (14th, 20:53.5), Kaileigh Wimert (17th, 21:09.7), Mira Wyman (19th, 21:14.3), Krysia Lesniak (28th, 21:42.2) and Gabby Farrell (3oth, 21:49.2).
In the Class C South girls’ meet, Maine Coast Waldorf had 77 points and finished second by eight points behind Waynflete. NYA (143) placed fifth.
MCW had three of the top 11 finishers, as Fiona Ahearne was third (20:57.7), Olivia Skillings came in ninth (21:45.1) and Louis Ahearne finished 11th (21:50.1). Also scoring were Sophia Skinner (25th, 23:16.5) and Fiona Libby (29th, 23:46.3).
The Panthers were led by fifth-place finisher Megan Alberding (21:30.9). Also scoring were Sarah Austin (16th, 22:37.8), Kate Hilscher (33rd, 24:22.7), Claire Maurer (40th, 24:49.8) and Daniella Crane (49th, 25:37.8).
In the boys’ meet, won by Boothbay Region with 92 points, MCW had 161 points to come in fifth. NYA (191) placed 10th and didn’t qualify.
MCW was led by Tucker Pierce, who was eighth (17:44.9). Also scoring were Eli Gundersen (31st, 20:09.3), Calvin Soule (34th, 20:13.4), Thomas Kolle (36th, 20:15.6) and Finn Dierks-Brown (52nd, 21:09.7).
The Panthers were paced by Brennan Flatt (23rd, 19:37.0) and Jack Kostelnik (29th, 19:57.2), who both qualified for states as individuals. Also scoring were Rick Hilscher (42nd, 20:22.4), Jack Sillin (43rd, 20:28.4) and Kieran Rowe (54th, 21:15.6).
States will be held Saturday at Twin Brook.
The Class A girls start things off at 11 a.m. The Class A boys run at 11:35 a.m. The Class B girls’ meet begins at 12:30 p.m. and the Class B boys run at 1:05 p.m. Class C girls start at 2 p.m. and Class C boys run at 2:35 p.m.
The New England championship meet is Saturday, Nov. 14 in Thetford, Vermont.
Freeport’s Chandler Vincent heads toward a third-place finish in the Class B South regional cross country meet Saturday. Vincent helped the Falcons come in first as a team.
Maine Coast Waldorf’s Fiona Ahearne finishes third in the Class C South girls’ meet. MCW placed second behind Waynflete as a team.