March 24, 2019
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Orono, Falmouth, Lincoln Academy win boys XC state titles

Class A Falmouth and Class C Orono each won its second straight boys cross country-state championship Saturday at the Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland, while Lincoln Academy of Newcastle became a first-time title winner in Class B.

Orono placed three runners among the top 10 finishers in Class C and totaled 48 points, well ahead of runner-up Maine Coast Waldorf of Freeport (77). Waynflete of Portland (130), Maranacook of Readfield (141) and Boothbay (150) were next in the field.

Waynflete junior Henry Spritz was the individual winner in 17 minutes, 1.67 seconds, 6.35 seconds ahead of second-place Brendan Penfold (17:08.02), a senior from Deer Isle-Stonington.

Junior Jonathan Steelman finished fourth to pace the victorious Orono scoring pack, followed by seniors Matt Keresy (ninth), Jonny Spencer (10th) and Sam Holt (15th) and sophomore Tucker Ellis (30th).

Among the other top-10 finishers in the race were Calais senior Addison Coty (fifth) and Jonesport-Beals junior Evan Merchant (ninth).

Lincoln Academy placed all of its five scoring runners among the top 21 overall to cruise to victory in Class B.

The Eagles totaled 56 points, well ahead of second-place Freeport (114) and third-place Yarmouth (115). Wells was next at 121 and Caribou took fifth with 154 points.

Junior Sam Russ led Lincoln Academy with his fourth-place finish, with sophomore Jarrett Gulden sixth, senior David Barnam 11th, sophomore Benji Pugh 19th and classmate Jojo Martin 21st.

Junior Dylan Marrero finished ninth to lead Caribou, along with senior Evan Desmond (14th) and junior Kyle Boucher (22nd).

Yarmouth senior Luke Laverdiere won his second straight Class B individual title, narrowly missing the course record with the best time of the day, 15:43.89.

North regional champion Nicholas Dall, a junior from Waterville, finished fifth at states, while Washington County of East Machias junior Matyas Nachtiagall was 10th.

Falmouth topped Scarborough 73-95 to win the Class A crown, followed by Greely of Cumberland Center (105), Hampden Academy (123) and Deering of Portland (176).

Led by seventh-place John Auer and ninth-place Conner Piers, Falmouth placed four runners among the top 20 finishers.

Junior Wyatt Lord’s second-place effort led Hampden, the North regional champion, to its runner-up finish. Sophomore Grahme Sokoloski (11th) and freshman Connor Glowa (22nd) also aided the Broncos’ effort.

Lisandro Berry-Gaviria, a sophomore from Mt. Ararat of Topsham, won the Class A race in 16:31.71.

Among the other top performers in the race was Bangor sophomore Gabe Coffey, who finished fifth.

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