BELFAST, Maine — While the Scarborough boys and girls cross country teams swept the titles at the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions, the MDI girls made a sound statement.
The defending Eastern Maine Class B champion Trojans finished second with 188 points to the Red Storm’s 131 at Troy Howard Middle School Saturday.
Mt. Blue of Farmington finished third with 206, Falmouth fourth with 218 and Brunswick fifth with 257.
John Bapst of Bangor earned sixth with 271 with Brewer right behind in seventh (272).
The Scarborough boys tipped Greely of Cumberland Center to win 92 points to 99. Lewiston took third with 136, Falmouth fourth with 196 and York fifth with 259.
The rest of EM Class B had better take notice, because MDI showed that it’s not giving up the title without a fight.
Heather Spurling ran a gutsy race in leading the Trojans, finishing 10th after hurting her foot two miles into the race.
The Mt. Blue Cougars, led by Melody Lam’s sixth-place run, also made a statement to KVAC foes Brewer and Brunswick that they’ll be right there come championship time.
Kennebunk freshman Abbey Leonardi led wire-to-wire in winning going away in 18 minutes, 43.2 seconds over a sloppy 5K course.
Scarborough tucked four runners in the top 22 to coast to the team victory.
On the boys’ side, York junior Alex Moser triumphed over some of Maine’s top schoolboy runners to win the overall crown in 16:28.6.
Moser made up considerable ground in the last mile, over-taking Lewiston’s Matt Driscoll, who had a sizeable cushion halfway through the race.
Moser then outkicked Brunswick junior Will Geoghegan, who finished second, while Cony of Augusta’s Luke Fontaine took third.
The difference for Scarborough turned out to be the fifth runner, as Brad Nakanishi’s 30th-place finish trumped that of Greely’s No. 5 man, Sam Humphries, who was 52nd.
The race drew 1,005 finishers.