Saturday’s cross country regional championships at Twin Brook Recreation Center in Cumberland saw just three of nine city teams qualify for the upcoming state meet.
In Class C South, Waynflete’s boys and girls both made the cut.
In Class A South, only Deering’s boys qualified.
Waynflete’s girls placed first with 69 points, which were eight better than Maine Coast Waldorf. McAuley (236 points) was 10th in the 11-team field and failed to qualify.
The Flyers had three of the top 10 scorers, as Abby Pipkin came in sixth (completing the 5,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 32 seconds), Ellie Chidsey was eighth (21:33.60) and Gail Johnson came in 10th (21:50.11). Also scoring were Sophia Mayone (17th, 22:46.29) and Payton Sullivan 28th (23:42.42).
The Lions were led by Chloe Cott (42nd, 25:11.18) and Sonni Hackett (43rd, 25:16.26). Also scoring were Kiera Kenneally (48th, 25:24.81), Grace Downey (50th, 25:40.42) and Maddison Laggasse (53rd, 26:15.91).
In the boys’ race, won by Boothbay with 92 points, Waynflete had 164 to finish seventh. The Flyers were the last team to make the cut.
Waynflete got points from Wilson Moore (fifth, 17:43.47), Peterson Silk (16th, 19:19.51), John Van Dyk (40th, 20:20.04), Andrew Clark (50th, 20:56.98) and Josh Lodish (53rd, 21:13.33).
In the Class A South boys’ race, won by powerhouse Scarborough with 45 points, Deering qualified with a fifth-place (168 points) finish, while Cheverus (10th, 268 points) and Portland (13th, 332) failed to make the cut.
The Rams were paced by Abdi Hassan, who came in 11th in a time of 17:30.26. Freshman Alex Troxwell was 31st (18:09.40), Yahya Nure placed 39th (18:21.99), Abdikadir Abdirahman came in 41st (18:23.22) and Musa Abdi finished 46th (18:39.01).
The Stags didn’t qualify as a team, but Josh Veroneau and Steve Larkin did as individuals. Veroneau came in ninth in 17:23.34 and Larkin was 29th in 18:08.50. Also finishing were Scout Tucker (71st, 19:11.74), Luke Guibord (73rd, 19:15.38) and Michael Manetti (86th, 19:38.18).
The Bulldogs’ points came from Brad Ravenelle (44th, 18:27.80), Moses Small (55th, 18:47.19), Matice Maino (62nd, 18:55.35), Jonah Bradenday (81st, 19:27.82) and Ryan Lizanecz (90th, 19:41.04).
The Class A girls’ title was won by Bonny Eagle with 44 points. Deering (280) was 11th, Portland (445) came in 16th and Cheverus didn’t run enough girls to score as a team.
The Rams were led by freshman Grace Tumavicus, who came in eighth and qualified for states as an individual with a time of 20:40.13. Also scoring were Nicole Whipkey (39th, 22:14.50), Julia Lancia (70th, 23:59.32), Maddy Bennett (74th, 24:36.11) and Lucy Tumavicus (89th, 25:10.69).
The Bulldogs’ top finisher was Raven Bradenday (50th, 22:57.55). Also scoring were Elizabeth Block (87th, 25:03), Isabel Hungerford (97th, 26:33.85), Joska Odong (101st, 26:56.67) and Alice Kenny (110th, 28:46.68).
Cheverus’ Rosie Train (who had the 15th-best individual time, 21:03.15) and Ashley Turner (17th-fastest time, 21:12.10) both qualified for states as individuals.
States will be held Saturday at Twin Brook.
The Class A boys run at 11:35 a.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.
Deering’s Abdi Hassan, left, and Cheverus’ Josh Veroneau run neck-and-neck during Saturday’s Class A South regional cross country meet. Veroneau was ninth individually, while Hassan came in 11th. The Rams qualified for states as a team, while the Stags did not, but Veroneau will compete as an individual.
Waynflete’s Abby Pipkin edges St. Dom’s’ Sydney Sirois for sixth place in the Class C South girls’ race at Saturday’s regionals. The Flyers came in first as a team.