No titles this year, but solid showings at cross country states-Southern edition

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Cape Elizabeth freshman Jack Bassett runs toward an 18th-place finish at the Class B boys’ state meet, helping the Capers come in fifth as a team.

John Jensenius photos.

More photos below.

While Scarborough’s reign over the Class A boys’ cross country world came to an end last weekend, there were still many local highlights at the state meet in Belfast.

The Red Storm had 170 points and came in seventh in Class A (Falmouth won the title with 72 points), while South Portland (340) placed 15th.

Scarborough was led by Shamus Malia (12th, 16 minutes, 32.71 seconds) and Connor Coffin (13th, 16:33.53). Also scoring were Luke Grover (33rd, 17:18.13), Erik Larkin (47th, 17:47.86) and Harrison Osborn (65th, 18:12.81).

Scarborough’s 13-year stretch of top four or better state finishes came to an end.

South Portland was paced by Xander Keiter, who was 30th in 17:14.91. Also scoring were Steven Smith (59th, 18:02.54), Layton Steele (76th, 18:29.73), Jack Kingsley (86th, 19:00.01) and Daniel Woodhouse (89th, 19:10.63).

The Red Riots finished 15th for the second year in a row.

In the Class A girls’ meet, Bonny Eagle was first with 77 points. Scarborough (198) finished 10th and South Portland didn’t qualify.

The Red Storm were led by Bethany Sholl, who placed eighth in 19:42.61. Also scoring were Ryanne Cox (33rd, 21:20.98), Samantha Saraceno (36th, 21:24.51), Marisa Carbone (51st, 21:43.19) and Anna Gardner (70th, 22:34.98).

South Portland missed the state meet for the first time since 2008.

In Class B, Cape Elizabeth’s girls tallied 118 points to come in fourth (Greely won the title with 71). The Capers were paced by Camilla Grosso (13th, 19:53.35), Emma Shedd (15th, 19:57.57), Kelsey Kennedy (19th, 20:09.92), Liv Palma (27th, 20:33.33) and Addie Hayes (44th, 21:35.32). 

The Capers finished in the top five for the fourth year in a row.

In the Class B boys’ meet, also won by Greely with 66 points, the Capers (168) came in fifth. Cape Elizabeth was led by freshman Jack Bassett (18th, 17:28.04) and Mac Huffard (19th, 17:31.73). Also scoring were Arsen Scheindel (34th, 17:53.06), Aidan Willitts (44th, 18:02.64) and Will Corsello (53rd, 18:18.76).

The Capers moved up one spot from last year.

New Englands

The New England championship meet is Saturday in North Scituate, Rhode Island.

Scarborough’s Coffin, Malia and Sholl all qualified as individuals.

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

Scarborough’s Bethany Sholl races to an eighth-place finish in the Class A girls’ race. The Red Storm finished 10th as as team.

South Portland’s Xander Keiter runs out of the woods en route to a 30th-place finish in the Class A boys’ meet. The Red Riots were 15th as a team.

Cape Elizabeth’s Mac Huffard finished 19th in the Class B boys’ meet.

Cape Elizabeth’s Kelsey Kennedy, left, and Camilla Grosso run together in the Class B girls’ race. Grosso wound up 13th and Kennedy was 19th as the Capers placed fourth as a team.

Scarborough’s Shamus Malia was 12th in Class A. The Red Storm finished seventh as a team.

Scarborough’s Samantha Saraceno finished 36th in the Class A girls’ race.

South Portland’s Steven Smith placed 59th in Class A.

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