May 23, 2018
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MDI girls, Caribou boys cross country teams capture PVC large school titles

BDN staff reports

CARIBOU — The Mount Desert Island girls and Caribou boys cross country teams won the Penobscot Valley Conference large-school championships, while the Bangor Christian boys and Orono girls won the small-school titles Saturday.

The MDI girls edged defending Class B state champion John Bapst of Bangor 36-39 to win their large-school title, with Caribou (76), Ellsworth (79), Presque Isle (157), Hermon (190) and Old Town (194) completing the field.

Aleta Looker of Ellsworth won the individual title with a time of 19:18.8 for the 3-mile course, followed by MacKenzie Belyea of Caribou and third-place Adrienne Carmack of John Bapst.
MDI was led by sophomores Maggie Painter and twins Olivia and Isabel Erickson, who finished 4-5-6, and Malia Demers (11th) and Rachel McMinnimy (13th)

That scoring group just edged the John Bapst scoring contingent of Adrienne Carmack, Mary Carmack (eighth), Seraphina Provenzano (ninth), Amanda Lalime (10th) and Ciara Petrello (14th).

In the small-school girls competition, sophomores Rowan Wilson (20:50.1) and Jordan Richards finished 1-2 to lead Orono to victory. The Red Riots finished with 26 points to best Bucksport (55), George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (61) and Lee Academy (93).

Nelly Winship led Bucksport with a third-place finish.

Defending Class B state champion Caribou edged Ellsworth 41-46 to win the boys large-school title.

Ellsworth sophomore Dan Curts (16:23.8) won the individual title, but Caribou placed four runners in the top 10 to edge the Eagles in the team standings.

Caleb Chapman and Ron Lund placed 4-5 for Caribou, while Ryan Washington (eighth), Lucas Kinney (10th) and Brendan Wood (14th) rounded out the Vikings scorers.

John Bapst (66), MDI (108) and Presque Isle (148) rounded out the top five teams.

Mattanawcook Academy of Lincoln senior Matt Guiod (16:51.3) won the small-school boys individual title, but Bangor Christian placed four runners in the top 10 and five in the top 15 to earn the team championship.

BC finished with 38 points to top Orono (54), Mattanawcook (66), Sumner of East Sullivan (94), Lee (107) and Central of Corinth (127).

Sam Proctor led Bangor Christian with a third-place finish, followed by teammates Zac Palmeter (fifth), Dylan Merchant (eighth), Seth Pearson (10th) and Brian Parent (15th).

Tyler White placed second overall to lead Orono’s effort.

Runners had to contend with a muddy course as rain showers plagued the races and forced the varsity course to be shortened from 3.1 miles to 3.0 as a steep hill was excluded from the course due to safety reasons.

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