NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. — Four Maine schoolgirl runners were among the top eight finishers Saturday in the 77th annual New England Cross Country Championships held at Ponaganset High School.
Matt McClintock, the reigning Class C state champion from Madison, led Maine finishers in the boys race, placing third among 275 finishers with a time of 15 minutes, 39 seconds for the 3.1-mile course.
Leading the Maine girls’ contingent was senior Emily Durgin of Class A state champion Cheverus of Portland, who placed third among 263 finishers with a time of 18:28. Durgin finished 27 seconds behind Richford, Vt., junior Elle Purrier, who set a course record with her winning time of 18:01.
Other top-10 girls finishers from Maine were junior Bethanie Brown of Waterville, fifth in 18:35; and seniors Abby Mace of Maranacook of Readfield (seventh in 18:40) and Fiona Hendry of Cheverus (eighth in 18:40).
Class B individual state champion Brittany Bowman, a sophomore from Camden Hills of Rockport, finished 17th overall in 18:58 and her high school teammate, freshman Willow Parker, placed 23rd in 19:00. Class C individual state champion Carsyn Koch, a sophomore from Washburn, placed 26th in 19:11.
The top 25 finishers in both the boys and girls races are accorded All-New England status.
Champlain Valley Union High School of Hinesburg, Vt., won the girls team title with 112 points. Cheverus was the top Maine team, finishing eighth with 322 points, while Camden Hills was 20th with 423 points and Class B state champion Mount Desert Island of Bar Harbor was 22nd with 494 points.
McClintock, a senior, was one of three top-10 finishers from Maine in the boys race. Harlow Ladd, a senior from Messalonskee of Oakland, was ninth in 16:01, one place and one second ahead of Class B individual state champion Silas Eastman of Fryeburg Academy.
Three other Mainers finished in the top 20 behind race winner Mike Marsella of Chariho High School of Wood River Junction, R.I, who was timed in 15:26. Falmouth senior Tim Follo was 11th in 16:11, Boothbay senior Chase Brown was 13th in 16:17, and Ellsworth sophomore Dan Curts finished 19th in 16:19.
Bishop Hendricken High School of Warwick, R.I., won the boys team title with 116 points. Falmouth, the Maine Class B team champion, finished a state-best 17th in the New England field with 379 points.