Waynflete girls runner-up at cross country state meet

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While the ultimate team trophy eluded them, cross country teams from the city of Portland did a lot of good things at Saturday’s state championship meet in Belfast.

The highlight came from the Waynflete girls, who finished second in Class C. After three straight third-place showing, this time around, the Flyers had 71 points, but that left them 40 behind powerhouse Orono.

Waynflete placed two runners in the top six, as Ellie Chidsey was fifth (20:08.74) and Phoebe Colvin-Oehmig came in sixth (20:29.46). Also scoring were Sophia Mayone (18th, 21:34.69), Gail Johnson (20th, 21:43.22) and Abby Pipkin (22nd, 21:49.06).

McAuley didn’t score as a team, but Kiera Kenneally took part as an individual, posting the 64th-best time in 23:18.80.

Waynflete’s boys, after missing states in 2013, finished seventh in the Class C boys’ meet with 175 points (Merriconeag won with 72). The Flyers were led by Wilson Moore, who was 12th in 17:59.02). Also scoring were Sam Harbison (34th, 18:49.48), Peter Michalakes (42nd, 19:15.24), Julian Ireland (43rd, 19:17.64) and Peterson Silk (44th, 19:21.14).

In the Class A boys’ meet, Deering had 264 points and finished 11th, while Cheverus’ 271 points left it 13th. Scarborough was first with 73 points. Portland did not qualify.

The Rams had the third-best individual in regional champion Iid Sheikh-Yusef, who had a time of 16:01.73. Yahya Hussein came in 10th (16:38.16). Other scorers included Matt Bernier (68th, 18:14.13), Wilder Baldwin (90th, 19:03.63) and Abdi Hassan (93rd, 19:14.30).

The Stags featured Josh Veroneau (29th, 17:19.93) and Parker Montano (34th, 17:24.99). Also scoring were Scout Tucker (60th, 18:04.23), Mike Macaluso (72nd, 18:22.01) and Kevin Hall (76th, 18:27.85).

In the Class A girls’ meet, Cheverus tallied 273 points and was 11th (Scarborough was the champion with 92). Deering and Portland failed to qualify.

The Stags were led by Georgia Caso (19th, 20:23.21) and Kaitlyn Dostie (23rd, 20:48.96). Also scoring were Sarah Terrano (64th, 22:20.40), Anne Veroneau (73rd, 22:47.76) and Megan Sawicki (94th, 24:21.85).

Deering freshman Lucy Turnavicus ran as an individual and was 23rd (20:29.76).

The cross country season ends with the New England championships Saturday in Manchester, Connecticut.

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

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