AUGUSTA, Maine — The Bangor High School boys and Hampden Academy girls captured Class A conference titles during the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference cross country championships held during a warm, sunny Saturday at Cony High School.
Bangor used its typical pack-running tactic to overcome the 1-3-4 punch of Mt. Blue of Farmington’s Josh Horne, Aaron Willingham and Dan Lesko. Horne registered the top time of the day, regardless of class, at 17 minutes, 5 seconds.
Bangor was led by Jonathan Stanhope (17:31.3) and Ben Salinas (17:42.4), who moved up throughout the race to finish in the top 10 individually. Right behind Horne was Hampden’s Caleb Lord (17:07.1), who placed second overall. Lewiston’s Mohamed Awil rounded out the top five.
Behind Bangor and its 72 points was Lewiston with 86, Mt. Blue with 95 and Brewer with 98. Hampden Academy rounded out the top five teams in the 12-team field with 109 points.
In the girls race, Hampden Academy was led by Elizabeth Labun’s fourth-place finish (21:13.6). The Withers sisters, Roxy (22:07.5) and Simone (22:07.8), helped pace Hampden with eighth- and ninth-place finishes, while Hampden’s fourth and fifth runners were Sarah Tatgenhorst (22:37.8) and Stephanie Walker (23:08.3).
The top time for Class A girls was 20:40, which came from Brunswick’s Teresa Murphy (20:40.4); freshman Anne Guadalupi (20:43.6) of Cony finished second. Behind Labun, finishing fifth, was Lewiston’s Farhiyo Aden (21:21.7).
Hampden Academy scored 52 points, holding off a challenge from Brunswick and its 65 points. Lewiston, Mount Ararat and Mt. Blue also finished in the top five with 97, 111 and 111 points respectively. The tie between Mount Ararat and Mt. Blue was decided by the teams’ sixth-place runners.
The Class B competitions were dominated by Maranacook Community School of Readfield, as the Black Bears took the top spots for both boys and girls.
The boys were led by Jason Stevenson (17:46.5) and Austin Landry (17:46.9) while the girls received strong performances from Hannah Despres (21:53.6) and Erin Guilmet (22:52.5).
Ben Trapani of Camden Hills was the fastest Class B boy with a time of 17:17, followed by Chris Cote (17:40.5) of Waterville, Stevenson and Landry of Marancook, and Harrison Knowlton (18:06.8) of Leavitt.
After Maranacook the next four boys teams were Lincoln Academy, Camden Hills, Waterville and Erskine Academy.
The fastest Class B girl of the day was Oceanside’s Abby Hersom, finishing with a time of 20:49. Hersom was followed by Brittany Bowman (21:07.1) of Camden Hills, Erica Jenson (21:46) of Waterville, Despres of Maranacook and Cassandra Howard (22:05.4) of Belfast.
All KVAC teams return to action on Saturday with the Eastern Maine regionals at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.