George Stevens Academy’s Thea Crowley competes in the Northern Maine cross-country championships Oct. 26 in Belfast. Crowley finished with a time of 19 minutes, 39.86 seconds to win the Class C North girls’ meet. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

GSA’s Crowley claims Class C North cross-country title

BELFAST — George Stevens Academy freshman Thea Crowley claimed her fifth meet win of the season Saturday with a first-place finish at the Northern Maine cross-country championships in Belfast.

The race saw Crowley and Orono junior Erin Gerbi break away from the pack in a two-person battle for first. Crowley crossed the finish line in 19 minutes, 39.86 seconds to beat Gerbi by 7.99 seconds.

The win marked the fifth of the season for Crowley. She previously took first place in the GSA Invitational, Seacoast Invitational, Hancock County championships and Penobscot Valley Conference championships.

The Mount Desert Island boys’ and girls’ teams continued their seasons of dominance with first-place finishes in the Class B meet. The Trojans were led by two third-place individual finishers with Ponce Saltyisak finishing in 17:21.68 for the boys and Katelyn Osborne finishing in 20:39.12 for the girls.

Osborne’s third-place effort on the girls’ side came via a photo finish with Ellsworth’s Caitlin MacPherson, who finished a mere 0.01 seconds behind her to place fourth. Ellsworth placed third in the 13-team field.

On the boys’ side, Ellsworth’s Calvin Nelson finished in 18:11.64 to place 17th of 106 finishers. The Eagles placed fourth behind MDI, Caribou and Hermon.

In the Class C boys’ race, Sumner’s Luke Barnes (second place) and GSA’s Clark Morrison (fourth place) and Sol Lorio (seventh) earned top-10 finishes. The GSA boys placed second of 13 teams.

Runners from all six Hancock County high schools will compete in the state championship meet Saturday, Nov. 2, at Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland. The Class B slate will begin at 11 a.m., and Class C will follow at 12:20 p.m.

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