Deer Isle-Stonington’s Isaiah Hatch gave it all he had down the final stretch of track during a cross-country meet at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Sept. 16. Hatch was able to finish just ahead of Sumner’s Asa Berry, continuing what has been a strong season with marked improvement for the sophomore under coach Mary Penfold. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY ZACH LANNING

MDI, GSA lead the way in multi-team cross-country meet

BLUE HILL — The Blue Hill Fairgrounds sprang to life once again this past Friday, Sept. 16, with George Stevens Academy hosting seven other schools to run a 2.9-mile course in the most recent cross-country meet of the season.

GSA would end up finishing second overall in team scoring, behind only the MDI Trojans in both the boys’ and girls’ races, using some strong individual performances to best the majority of schools on its home turf.

Senior Thea Crowley continued her strong season, winning the girls’ race by almost a full minute with a time of 18:09.78. Her teammate, sophomore Ariana Stiles-Martin, also finished in the top 10 with a time of 21:43.68, followed by freshman Georgie Clews, who finished in 22:49.11.

George Stevens Academy senior Thea Crowley leads the pack as the girls’ cross-country race gets underway on Sept. 16. GSA played host to seven different schools whose athletes ran the 2.9-mile track around the Blue Hill Fairgrounds.

Outside of those three Eagles, it was all Trojans at the front of the pack. Sophomore Amelia VanDongen led the way with a time of 19:03.48, putting her in second place behind Crowley. After VanDongen, four seniors from MDI crossed the finish line, finishing within a minute of each other.

After Stiles-Martin finished in seventh place another group of four Trojans, two freshmen and two sophomores, rounded out the top 10.

“This was a great meet that provided an opportunity to practice pacing progression and acceleration,” said MDI head coach Desiree Sirois. “The flat, fat sections, including the track, provided great opportunities to display and test our sprinting abilities.”

For the boys, it was once again Bucksport’s Will Hileman outpacing the field, finishing with a time of 14:56.37. This time, however, Sumner’s Kaleb Colson was right on Hileman’s heels. Kolson finished second with a time of 15:12.16.

Senior Sam York, who came in third, was the first to finish for the Trojans. MDI finished first overall on the boys’ side as well, with a combined team score of 49.

While they didn’t have a finisher in the top five, GSA rode strong performances by seniors Andrew Hipsky, Thomas Norgang, Sol Lorio and Micah Bryan to cruise into second place.

Deer Isle-Stonington’s Isaiah Hatch had a strong showing, finishing in the top 30 with a time of 19:00.89. While the Mariners don’t have enough runners on the team to qualify for the overall competition, coach Mary Penfold has been pleased with the individual progress made by her runners on both the boys’ and girls’ teams.

“This being the third meet in now, it’s nice to see improvement in both my runners,” said Penfold, referring to Hatch and teammate Owen Staples.

“I thought the race went pretty well,” Hatch said. “Each race so far I’ve been able to get my time down by about 30 seconds.”

Penfold was also pleased with the girls’ team, made up of freshmen Rosalie Bayley and Iris Aldrich and seniors Taylor Wiberg and Grace McGuire.

Zachary Lanning

Zachary Lanning

News reporter Zach Lanning covers news and features in the Ellsworth area. He comes to Ellsworth by way of New Jersey, which he hopes you don't hold against him. Email him at [email protected].

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