Strong showings at cross country regionals-Portland edition

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Deering’s Yahya Nure heads toward a third-place finish in the Class A South boys’ regional meet Saturday. The Rams were second to Falmouth as a team.

John Jensenius photos.

More photos below.

Four city cross country teams ran well enough at Saturday’s regional championship meet at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland to qualify for this coming Saturday’s state meet in Belfast.

In Class A, the Deering boys had 89 points and were second to Falmouth (56), while Cheverus (299) came in 12th and Portland (302) was 14th and both failed to qualify.

The Rams, who went undefeated in the regular season, were led Saturday by Yahya Nure, who came in third individually, finishing the 5-kilometer course in 17 minutes, 7.93 seconds. Also scoring were Alec Troxell (eighth, 17:24.79), Masho Gebremikael (21st, 17:53.36), Abdikadir Abdirahman (26th, 18:02.30) and Jerry Mixangelo (31st, 18:18.52).

The Stags were led by Steven Larkin, who was 39th (18:35.59). Also scoring were Scout Tucker (56th, 19:00.75), Phineas Underwood (57th, 19:00.75), Ryan Breece (73rd, 19:30.88) and Logan McCarthy (74th, 19:32.37).

The Bulldogs top finisher was Joe Harrington (37th, 18:34.79). Also scoring were Liam Niles (41st, 18:38.23), Will Brewster (42nd, 18:38.52), Peter Barry (88th, 20:03.35) and Wyatt Dana (94th, 20:13.37).

In the Class A girls’ meet, the Stags came in eighth with 201 points and made the cut (Falmouth was first with 75). The Rams (242 points) placed 12th and Bulldogs (467 points) were 15th and both failed to qualify for states.

Cheverus was paced by Rosie Train (15th, 21:26.37). Also scoring were Ashley Turner (25th, 21:56.75), Hannah Galeucia (42nd, 22:51.86), Delphi Bourassa (43rd, 22:51.89) and Adrienne Willard (76th, 25:00.09).

Deering’s Lucy Tumavicus qualified for states as an individual, finishing 23rd in 21:56.35. Also scoring were Nicole Whipkey (31st, 22:15.94), Julia Lancia (53rd, 23:27.32), Grace Tumavicus (66th, 24:24.73) and Gaia Zampieri (69th, 24:37.88).

Portland’s top finisher was Christina Donato (75th, 25:00.02). Also scoring were Elizabeth Thomas (86th, 25:53.86), Dina Malual (98th, 27:30.58), Alice Kenny (103rd, 27:46.79) and Jean Wiggins (105th, 27:57.27).

Waynflete’s girls tallied 60 points and were second to St. Dom’s (31) in Class C and will compete at states. Maine Girls’ Academy placed ninth with 233 points and didn’t qualify.

The Flyers weren’t able to win the regional title this time around, but were led by third-place scorer Ellie Chidsey (21:18.97). Also finishing in the top 10 were Sophia Mayone (ninth, 21:52.44) and Abby Pipkin (10th, 22:14.62). Eloise King-Clements (16th, 23:10.44) and Leeza Kopaeva (22nd, 23:36.49) rounded out the scoring.

The Lions were led by Sanni Hackett (37th, 25:15.03). Also scoring were Chloe Cott (46th, 26:54.67), Coco Ye (48th, 27:48.11), Grace Downey (50th, 27:48.42) and Catherine Cornell (52nd, 29:43.20).

In the boys’ Class C meet, the Flyers had 72 points and finished second by two points to Maine Coast Waldorf to make the cut.

Waynflete was led by Willson Moore (third, 17:29.93) and Henry Spritz (sixth, 17:45.63). Also scoring were John Veroneau (16th, 19:08.22), Peterson Silk (18th, 19:16.19) and John Van Dyke (29th, 20:00.15).

State info

The state meet at Belfast Saturday will begin with Class B at 1 p.m.. The Waynflete boys run at 2:10 p.m. in the Class C meet. The Flyers girls start at 2:45 p.m. Deering’s boys run at 3:20 p.m. in the Class A meet and the Cheverus girls start at 3:55 p.m.

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

Cheverus’ Ashley Turner and Deering’s Lucy Tumavicus compete in the Class A South girls’ race. Turner was 25th individually and helped the Stags qualify as a team, while Tumavicus was 23rd and qualified for states as an individual.

Waynflete’s Ellie Chidsey and Abby Pipkin run together during the Class C South girls’ meet. Chidsey was third and Mayone 10th and the Flyers finished second as a team.

McAuley’s Sanni Hackett runs in the Class C South girls’ race. Hackett was 37th.

Portland’s Joe Harrington placed 37th in the Class A South boys’ meet.

Cheverus’ Rosie Train had the 15th-best time in Class A.

Deering’s Alec Troxell enjoyed an eighth-place showing in Class A.

Waynflete’s Willson Moore and Henry Spritz run together during the Class C boys’ race. Moore placed third individually and Spritz was sixth.

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