Two local track and field athletes ran to top-eight finishes at the Hershey’s Track and Field North American Final in Hershey, Pa. over the weekend.
James Petersen, 9, of Hermon and Seraphina Provenzano, 12, of Holden both ran fast times in the 400 meters.
Peterson placed fifth in the 9-10 age group, completing the race in 1 minute, 8.61 seconds.
Fast races are nothing new to him, as Peterson has enjoyed plenty of success while competing for the Hampden Track Club in Maine USA Track and Field 14-under competition the last two summers.
Last year, he swept the sprinting events at the state meet in the mite division, establishing state records in the 100 and 400.
Provenzano made her Hershey’s debut this year and placed sixth in the 11-12 age bracket in the 400 in 1:09.79.
Provenzano runs track at All Saints Catholic School and also participates in basketball and soccer.
Aroostook County also was represented in the 11-12 age bracket.
Emily Mooers of Houlton placed 15th in that age group in the long jump with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches while Ryan King of Mars Hill was 13th in the softball throw with a heave of 139-3.
August is always a big month for road races, and there are plenty to choose from, including a challenging half-marathon and fast 5K.
Maine’s only summer half-marathon will be held in Island Falls on Saturday as the Aroostook Musterds running club will host the USATF certified County Open Half Marathon and Relay.
The challenging, competitive race starts at 8 a.m. and is dubbed the country’s Easternmost half-marathon.
The course starts in downtown Island Falls and takes off toward Route 2 and back toward the starting area before winding along some quiet loop roads to complete the 13.1 miles. It features many rural roads through Dyer Brook and along the Mattawamkeag River while showcasing some rolling hills but remaining mostly flat.
If you’re not up for a half marathon, give the relay a try. All relay teams must consist of either two or four runners and each must run at least 3.1 miles.
Runners can pick up registration materials Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Tim Horton’s on Route 1 in Houlton or at registration tables Saturday morning. The first 100 to sign up will receive County Open baseball caps.
Cash prizes are also at stake, with the top male and female finishers taking home $200, runners-up collecting $150 and third-place runners pocketing $100.
Any questions, call race director John Walker at 415-1688.
If a 5K is more your style, head to Winter Harbor on Saturday for the 8th annual George Schaefer Memorial Road Race, which starts at 8 a.m.
The race, held in conjunction with the Winter Harbor Lobster Festival, is sponsored by Cadillac Mountain Sports, Ellsworth Building Supplies and Bar Harbor Bank and Trust.
Registration tables open at 7 Saturday morning, while the one-mile fun run for kids will start at 8 and the 5K at 8:30.
The race, which features one of the flatter, faster courses in the state, is the fourth in this year’s Eden Athletics-Jack Russell’s Steakhouse Points Series.
Proceeds from the event support a scholarship program for seniors attending Sumner Memorial High School. Any questions, contact Becky O’Keefe at 699-2187.
After all that racing, any runner’s stomach would be rumbling.
If that’s the case Sunday, head out to Dedham as local runners Andy and Kate Goupee will host a Sub 5 Track Club barbecue at Harriman Pond for local runners and their friends.
Festivities will start at 3 p.m. with a group run before the cookout and swimming in the pond.
Runners are encouraged to bring their own drinks and/or salads and chips while hamburgers, hot dogs and buns will be provided.
Carpooling and leaving pets at home is encouraged. For directions, go to www.sub5.comand contact 664-0408 to RSVP.