Patriots Day 5-miler scheduled for Monday

By Ernie Clark, BDN Staff on April 18, 2014, at 3:24 p.m.
While thousands of runners will be making their way from Hopkinton to Boston on Monday, hundreds more will be competing in Maine’s oldest road race. The 85th Portland Boys and Girls Club Patriots Day 5-Miler is scheduled for a noon start from 277 Cumberland Ave. in the state’s largest city. …

Rob Gomez won’t defend unofficial Maine men’s title at Boston Marathon

By Ernie Clark on April 18, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
Rob Gomez of Saco, the top Maine finisher in two of the last three Boston Marathons, will participate in Monday’s 118th edition of the event — as a spectator. Gomez recently cited training issues for his decision not to run this year’s race after clocking state-best times of 2 hours, …
Caribou native Spencer McElwain competes in the Flat Top 5K in Lamoine on March 29. McElwain will compete in the Boston Marathon on Monday.

Caribou native Spencer McElwain hopeful for fast Boston Marathon debut

By Ernie Clark on April 16, 2014, at 11:05 a.m.
Spencer McElwain was riding a bus headed back to Maine last April 15 when two bombs suddenly shook the 117th Boston Marathon’s historic foundation. An accomplished distance runner at Caribou High School and the University of Maine, McElwain had spent much of Patriots’ Day 2013 watching the marathon and following …
Ellworth High School long-distance runners Dan Curts (left) and Braydan Beardsley (right) train with Husson University graduate student Matt Homich in Ellsworth Monday.

‘The coolest traditions’ fuel Ellsworth High School running success

By Ernie Clark on March 26, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Many athletic teams base their successes in great part on existing talent, but also pay homage to the tradition of predecessors, who provided examples of championship possibilities. Then there is the distance running tradition at Ellsworth High School. One needs only to look in the hallways immediately …

On Deck, a sports calendar for March 6, 2014

on March 06, 2014, at 5:17 p.m.
BASEBALL ORONO — Nick Derba and Jason Spaulding, assistant baseball coaches at University of Maine, are offering specialized instruction. Lessons are available for hitting, pitching and catching. Special holiday packages are available. Contact Nick or Jason at 581-1098 for more information. BANGOR — Bangor Parks and Recreation Department, Maine ASA …
Ellsworth High School's Dan Curts had a decent lead by the half mile mark and maintained it to the finish of of the Eastern Maine Boys' Class B Cross Country Championship in Belfast Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Ellsworth runner eclipses 38-year-old Maine indoor 2-mile mark set by Olympian, eyes faster times

By Pete Warner on March 05, 2014, at 2:42 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Dan Curts’ final year of high school distance running has not been without adversity. First there was the hamstring injury that sidelined the Ellsworth High School senior for much of last fall’s cross-country campaign. Then came the renovation project at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field …
Bangor Daily News photo by John Clarke Russ  Ellsworth High School's Aleta Looker kicks to a second place finish in the Eastern Maine Girls' Class B Cross Country Championship race in Belfast Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012.

Ellsworth running star Looker to attend Georgetown

By Ernie Clark on Jan. 23, 2014, at 3:59 p.m.
ELLSWORTH, Maine — Aleta Looker has established herself as one of the state’s top high school middle-distance runners throughout the last four years. The Ellsworth senior clocked the fastest time in Maine schoolgirl track history for the indoor 1,000-meter run at 2 minutes and 53.77 seconds while finishing second at …
Telstar Regional High School senior Josef Holt-Andrews finished 10th Saturday afternoon in the boys division of the 35th Annual Foot Locker Cross Country Championships held at Balboa Park in San Diego, Calif. Holt-Andrews is pictured here during a race in Belfast last October.

Telstar’s Holt-Andrews earns All-American honors at Foot Locker cross country nationals; Ellsworth’s Curts, Greely’s Sandreuter also in top-20 finishes

By Ernie Clark on Dec. 14, 2013, at 7:43 p.m.
While most Mainers were both shivering amid cold temperatures Saturday and awaiting a predicted major snowstorm, Bethel’s Josef Holt-Andrews was running his way to All-American honors amid near-perfect conditions on the other side of the country. The Telstar Regional High School senior finished 10th Saturday afternoon in the boys division …

32nd Annual Turkey Trot road race results

on Nov. 24, 2013, at 6:46 p.m.
At Brewer, 3 miles 1, Adam Goode, 15:44. 2, Erik McCarthy, 16:01. 3, Jaron Jones, 16:25. 4, Michael Nelson, 16:30. 5, Matt Homich, 16:32. 6, Tyler White, 16:54. 7, Ben Salinas, 16:57. 8, Chris Bridges, 16:58. 9, Robert Looker, 17:01. 10, Tim Tunney, 17:18. 11, Graham Pearsall, 17:24. 12, Dustin …

Telstar’s Holt-Andrews third at New England cross country championships

By Ernie Clark on Nov. 10, 2013, at 10:10 p.m.
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Josef Holt-Andrews, a senior at Telstar Regional High School in Bethel, finished third Saturday at the 79th New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships. Holt-Andrews, the reigning Class C state champion, completed the 5-kilometer Derryfield Park course in 15 minutes, 12.9 seconds to trail only winner Trevor Hopper …
Mattanawcook Academy's Tia Hardy (left) and Orono High School's Lily Koffman battle for position in the home stretch of Saturday's Eastern Maine Class C cross country championship race in Belfast. Hardy finished second and Koffman third while Koffman's Red Riots won the team title.

MDI, Orono, Brunswick girls capture Eastern Maine cross country crowns

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 27, 2013, at 12:47 p.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Cross country seemingly was a more individualized sport a generation ago. But pack running was a popular strategy Saturday as Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor, Orono and Brunswick displayed while winning Eastern Maine championships on the 3.1-mile Troy Howard Middle School course. MDI had seven runners …
Ellsworth's Dan Curts cruises across the finish line to claim the Class B individual title at the Eastern Maine Cross Country regional championships Saturday in Belfast. Curts' Eagles went on to win the team crown.

Lewiston, Ellsworth, Orono boys win Eastern Maine cross country championships

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 27, 2013, at 11:49 a.m.
BELFAST, Maine — Dan Curts wasn’t at 100 percent Saturday, but the reigning Class B cross country state champion from Ellsworth and his teammates were strong enough to win their second straight Eastern Maine championship. Curts, sidelined recently by a hamstring injury, returned to competition to post the fastest time …
Runners begin the Eastern Maine Class A cross country championship race in Belfast, Maine Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.

Eastern, Western Maine championship cross country results

on Oct. 27, 2013, at 10:56 a.m.
HIGH SCHOOL Eastern Maine Championships At Belfast, 5K * — State qualifiers GIRLS Class A Brunswick-55*, Hampden-55*, Lewiston-91*, Bangor-108*, Mt. Blue-123*, Mt. Ararat-136, Messalonskee-175, Brewer-188, Oxford Hills-256, Skowhegan-297 1, Anne Guadalupi, CON, 19:05.73. 2, Teresa Murphy, BRUN, 19:26.57. 3, Elizabeth Labun, HAM, 19:32.85. 4, Tessa Cassidy, BRUN, 19:44.84. 5, Farhiyo …
Peter Linquist of Bar Harbor plays a banjo as Jennifer Dutcher of Brighton, Mass., runs along Route 102 in the Mount Desert Island village of Somesville during the MDI Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 20.

Frost sets women’s record at MDI Marathon; Ellsworth’s Luchini wins overall crown for second straight year

By Ernie Clark on Oct. 20, 2013, at 4:12 p.m.
SOUTHWEST HARBOR, Maine — Leah Frost never stopped running, but she had stopped competing in the sport for a decade until convinced by a friend earlier this year to try a 10-kilometer road race in Mexico, where she lived at the time. Suffice it to say she’s regained the racing …

High school, college cross country results

on Oct. 20, 2013, at 11:16 a.m.
HIGH SCHOOL PVC ChampionshipAt Hermon, 3.1 milesVARSITY BOYS Large Schools: Ellsworth 41, John Bapst, 53, Presque Isle 75, Mount Desert Island 87, Caribou 107, Old Town 131, Hermon 206, Foxcroft 231, Washington Academy 243 Small Schools: Orono 32, George Stevens 51, Fort Kent 62, Bucksport 116, Central 117, Lee Academy …
Ellsworth senior Brayden Beardsley crosses the finish line to win the individual title at the Penobscot Valley Conference cross country championship meet at Hermon High School on Saturday. Beardsley completed the race in 16 minutes, 51.12 seconds and his Eagles claimed the large school team title.

Ellsworth boys, MDI girls win crowns; Orono sweeps at PVC cross country championships

By Jon Ouellette, Special to the BDN on Oct. 19, 2013, at 7:18 p.m.
HERMON – Two new course records now stand at Hermon High School, and both belong to Ellsworth High School seniors. Aleta Looker demolished the previous girls’ record by one minute and 14 seconds and then watched as her classmate, Brayden Beardsley, set the new boys’ mark with a time of …
Runners negotiate the course during the girls' seeded race of the 2013 Festival of Champions cross country races in Belfast Saturday.

Results for Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions

on Oct. 06, 2013, at 2:04 p.m.
At Belfast, 3.1 miles Boys Lewiston 87, Harwood Union 107, Cape Elizabeth 138, Scarborough 172, Falmouth 206, Cumberland, R.I. 239, Massabesic 317, Brewer 382, Mt. Blue 391, Bangor 400, Hampden Acad. 401, Ellsworth l 416, Windham l 427, Messalonskee l 463, Boothbay 479, Maranacook 544, Gorham l 585, Mt. Desert …

On Deck, a sports calendar for Oct. 3, 2013

on Oct. 03, 2013, at 5:33 p.m.
BASEBALL Oct. 5-6 At Auburn, Central Maine Community’s Coaches Clinic, for all levels, presenters and on-court demonstrations, starts 10 a.m. Saturday, 9 a.m. Sunday, for more info visit Monday, Oct. 14 At Orono, University of Maine baseball program’s Elite High School Prospect Camp, starts 9 a.m. at Mahaney Diamond; …

New route awaits participants in annual Maine Marathon

By Ben McCanna on Oct. 01, 2013, at 7:31 a.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — Runners participating in a 22-year-old Maine tradition will have a new path to follow this year. The Maine Marathon and Half Marathon will take a temporary, westerly course to avoid construction at the Martin’s Point bridge, which connects Veranda Street with U.S. Route 1 in Falmouth over …
Carsyn Koch of Washburn High School catches her breath after winning the Eastern Maine girls’ Class C cross-country title in Belfast last October. In addition to running cross-country, Koch has also returned to the Washburn soccer team and has helped the Beavers to a 7-0 start.

Washburn standout Carsyn Koch glad to be back on the soccer field

By Larry Mahoney on Sept. 09, 2013, at 12:36 p.m.
WASHBURN, Maine — Washburn High School’s Carsyn Koch made a tough decision a year ago. She decided to take a year off from soccer to concentrate on cross-country. She is one of several Washburn girls who play soccer and ran cross-country in the fall. She had already won two state …
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