George Stevens Academy cross-country runners compete in the Bucksport Invitational on Sept. 8. Meets were held in Bucksport and Caribou on Saturday with runners from every Hancock County school except Mount Desert Island competing. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

Local cross-country runners compete in Bucksport, Caribou



BUCKSPORT — Runners from five Hancock County high schools took part in their second meets of the 2018 cross-country season Saturday.

Locally, the Bucksport Invitational drew runners from Bucksport, George Stevens Academy, Sumner and Deer Isle-Stonington. The meet pitted competitors from those schools against other Class C teams throughout eastern Maine.

In the boys’ 5K run, Caden Mattson of GSA placed second behind Evan Merchant of Jonesport-Beals with a time of 17 minutes, 58.83 seconds. Sumner sophomores Luke Barnes and Logan Carter finished third and fourth with times of 18:00.68 and 18:33.04, respectively.

The girls’ side featured just 10 runners, and Lauren Morrison of Mattanawcook Academy was the winner with a time of 22:11.38. GSA’s Grace Broughton (second) and Lanny Zentz (third) also posted strong finishes.

The GSA boys won the team competition in Bucksport with a score of 17 points. Lee Academy placed second with 55 points, and Bucksport took third with 64.

Ellsworth competed in the Caribou Invitational against some of the top Class B and Class C teams. The Eagles brought a total of nine runners for the seven-heat boys’ and girls’ competitions.

Junior Matt Shea finished second in his heat and fourth of 75 overall on the boys’ side with a time of 17:35.16. Caitlin MacPherson crossed the finish line in 20:27.41 to place third of 11 in her heat and third of 67overall.

The Ellsworth boys finished behind Hermon and Caribou with 12 points. The girls’ team did not receive a placement as only four runners competed.

Below is a list of the top-10 individual finishers and all team scores from the Bucksport meet and all Ellsworth individual finishers and team scores from the Caribou meet.

Bucksport, boys’ individual

  1. Evan Merchant, Jonesport-Beals, 17 minutes, 1.21 seconds
  2. Caden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 17:58.83
  3. Luke Barnes, Sumner, 18:00.68
  4. Logan Carter, Sumner, 18:33.04
  5. Travis Hunt, Narraguagus, 18:44.49
  6. Jacob Warner, Mattanawcook Academy, 19:00.33
  7. Ian Renwick, GSA, 19:04.47
  8. Andrew Szwez, GSA, 19:04.64
  9. Sean Schweizer, GSA, 19:11.79
  10. Davide Zanotta, Lee Academy, 19:20.92

Bucksport, boys’ team scores

  1. GSA, 17
  2. Lee Academy, 55
  3. Bucksport, 64

Bucksport, girls’ individual

  1. Lauren Morrison, Mattanawcook, 22:11.38
  2. Grace Broughton, GSA, 22:38.67
  3. Lanny Zentz, GSA, 22:44.32
  4. Alyssa Turner, Narraguagus, 22:52.12
  5. Tess Williamson, GSA, 22:59.07
  6. Josie Czuj, GSA, 23:04.69
  7. Oshi Ragot, GSA, 23:05.58
  8. Susanna Jakub, GSA, 23:05.97
  9. Dayana Ortiz, Narraguagus, 25:35.76
  10. Aryanna Beal, Narraguagus, 29:56.52

Bucksport, girls’ team scores

  1. GSA, 15

Caribou, Ellsworth boys’ individual

  1. Matt Shea, 17:35.16
  2. Beckett Markosian, 18:09.34
  3. Calvin Nelson, 18:25.00
  4. Bryce Carter, 18:57.80
  5. Mark Berry, 18:58.15
  6. Nick Cormier, 19:07.64
  7. Alex DeWitt, 21:56.42

Caribou, boys’ team scores

  1. Hermon, 5
  2. Caribou, 8
  3. Ellsworth, 12
  4. Old Town, 22
  5.  Orono, 23
  6. John Bapst, 33
  7. Presque Isle, 36
  8. Maine School of Science and Mathematics, 40
  9. (9T) Greater Houlton Christian, 41
  10. (9T) Washburn, 41

Caribou, Ellsworth girls’ individual

  1. Caitlin MacPherson, 20:27.41
  2. Abby Mazgaj, 21:44.81
  3. Miriam Nelson, 21:55.79
  4. Emma McKechnie, 22:28.47

Caribou, girls’ team scores

  1. Orono, 5
  2. Caribou, 12
  3. John Bapst, 20
  4. (4T) Fort Fairfield, 23
  5. (4T) MSSM, 23
  6. (4T) Old Town, 23
  7. Houlton, 34
  8. Hermon, 38
  9. Fort Kent, 42