BELFAST, Maine — Western Maine teams ruled the trails at Saturday’s boys state cross country championships at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
The Scarborough boys cruised to a comfortable victory in Class A, as did Greely of Cumberland Center in Class B, while Monmouth Academy eked out a victory in Class C.
Class C: Boothbay Region was favored coming in to capture the program’s first state title, but the West champion Seahawks had to settle for second place to a Mustangs team that placed four runners in the top 15.
Monmouth finished with 72 points to Boothbay’s 83, while Winthrop took third with 87 and Eastern Maine champion Foxcroft Academy fourth with 88.
Matt McCollett powered the Mustangs’ drive to the title with a third-place finish while Patrick McInnis was seventh and Kevin Desmond ninth.
Wade Davis of Hall-Dale in Farmingdale ran uncontested in winning the individual title in 16 minutes, 40.11 seconds.
Foxcroft’s Graham Pearsall was the only Eastern Maine runner to crack the top 10, finishing third.
Class A: Scarborough ended Lewiston’s hopes at a second consecutive state title early, as their first two runners finished second and fourth.
The Red Storm compiled 62 points to the Blue Devils’ 98 while Cheverus of Portland took third with 102.
Hampden Academy finished seventh in the 15-team field with 226.
Brunswick junior Will Geoghegan won an exciting race in which five runners were within two seconds of each other with a half-mile to go.
Geoghegan outkicked Scarborough’s Nate Hathaway to win in 16:16.40.
It was Hathaway’s Storm that proved to be too much, with Craig Robinson complementing him with a fourth-place effort.
Hampden’s Michael Bommarito was the top local finisher in 25th.
Class B: Top-ranked Greely did what it expected to do, as the Rangers throttled the rest of the field with 38 points to runner-up Cape Elizabeth’s 88.
Ellsworth was the top Eastern Maine school in sixth, while Eastern champion Caribou was right behind in seventh.
Mark McCauley, James LePage and Logan Price went 3-5-6 for the Rangers, which salted away their championship before Cape’s No. 2 man had even finished.
York junior Alex Moser posted the day’s fastest time in 16:04.73, while Ellsworth’s Ben Chapman finished eighth and Ryan James of Belfast ninth.