MDI girls win Class B state cross country title

Posted Oct. 29, 2011, at 10:01 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 30, 2011, at 10:51 p.m.
Carsyn Koch, of Washburn High School approaches the finish line Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 during the State Class C Cross Country Championships at Twin Brooks Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine.  Koch won the 5000 meter run with a time of 20:17.74.
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Carsyn Koch, of Washburn High School approaches the finish line Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 during the State Class C Cross Country Championships at Twin Brooks Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine. Koch won the 5000 meter run with a time of 20:17.74.
Rowan Wilson, of Orono High School approaches the finish line Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 during the State Class C Cross Country Championships at Twin Brooks Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine. Wilson finished in 7th place with a time of 21:28.06.
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Rowan Wilson, of Orono High School approaches the finish line Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 during the State Class C Cross Country Championships at Twin Brooks Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine. Wilson finished in 7th place with a time of 21:28.06.
Abbey Leonardi, of Kennebunk High School runs Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 during the Class A State Cross Country Championships at Twin Brooks Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine. Leonardi won the 5000 meter race with a time of 18:27.19.
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Abbey Leonardi, of Kennebunk High School runs Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011 during the Class A State Cross Country Championships at Twin Brooks Recreation Area in Cumberland, Maine. Leonardi won the 5000 meter race with a time of 18:27.19.

CUMBERLAND — The Mount Desert Island girls cross country team placed five runners in the top 15 to capture the Class B state title while Camden Hills’ Brittany Bowman won the individual crown with a time of 19 minutes, 12.19 seconds over the 5-kilometer course Saturday at Twin Brook Recreation Area.

MDI totaled 59 points to claim the title while Camden Hills placed second with 75.

Caribou finished third with 145 points while Cape Elizabeth (159) and Greely (166) rounded out the top five.

Nora Hubbell’s ninth-place finish in 20:46.87 paced an incredible finish by MDI as the Trojans then placed their next four runners in places 11, 12, 13, 14 for competitors figuring in the team scoring.

Isabel Erickson finished 11th, followed by Olivia Erickson, Maggie Painter and Caroline Driscoll.

Willow Parker turned in a strong race for Camden Hills as she placed fifth (20:18.45) while teammates Emily Lopez (16th, 21:20.31), Samatha Morse (26th, 21:54.70) and Ella Scott (27th, 21:54.78) also turned in strong efforts.

Waterville’s Bethanie Brown took second in race with a 19:29.70 clocking while Maranacook of Readfield’s Abby Mace was third (19:42.56) and Ellsworth’s Aleta Looker was fourth (20:08.40).

Caribou’s Mackenzie Belyea also turned in a strong race to finish seventh (20:31.34), followed by John Bapst of Bangor’s Adrienne Carmack (20:44.66).

In the Class C state meet, Washburn’s Carsyn Koch won her second straight individual state title with a time of 20:17.74, but Merriconeag Waldorf of Freeport edged Washburn for the team crown 61-69.

Rounding out the top five were Waynflete of Portland (96), North Yarmouth Academy (104) and Dirigo of Dixfield (110).

For runners figuring in the team scoring, Merriconeag placed five runners in places 9-16: Chase-Donahue Zone, Samantha Pierce, Wu Teagan, Jesse Saffeir and Carlin Tindall.

Helping Washburn claim second place were Carmen Bragg (sixth in team scoring, 21:46.49) and Mackenzie Worcester (eighth, 22:01.68).

Lisbon’s Meagan Thomas finished second in the race with a time of 20:47.77 and was followed by Boothbay’s Sophia Thayer (21:01.55), Waynflete’s Martha Veroneau (21:10.60) and Dirigo’s Natalie Bolduc (21:17.69).

In the Class A meet, Kennebunk’s Abbey Leonardi cruised to day’s best time of 18:27.19 to claim the individual title for the fourth straight time, a first for a Class A runner, while Cheverus of Portland took the team crown with 41 points.

Trailing Cheverus in the top five were Mount Ararat (92), Massabesic of Waterboro (93), Brunswick (112) and Mt. Blue of Farmington (155).

Erzsebet Nagy of Lawrence in Fairfield finished second with a time of 18:59.82, but then was followed by four straight Cheverus runners: Emily Durgin (19:03.88), Fiona Hendry (19:25.15), Kiera Murray (19:56.02) and Shannon Conley (19:59.55).

Hampden Academy’s Kylee Parker earned a 10th-place finish in 20:49.71 while teammate Elizabeth Labun finished 18th (21:17.58).

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