George Stevens Academy’s Thea Crowley competes in the Penobscot Valley Conference cross-country championships Oct. 16 at Bucksport High School. Hancock County runners were among the top performers in Saturday’s PVC championship meet, which marked the start of championship season. KARIN BOS PHOTO

Local runners command PVC cross-country championships

BUCKSPORT — Hancock County runners were among the top performers in Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference championship cross-country meet.

Two local boys’ runners claimed individual wins in the meet, which was held at Bucksport High School. At the team level, Mount Desert Island continued its prolific 2021 season by sweeping both Class B titles.

Bucksport’s William Hileman (16 minutes, 25.88 seconds) beat Orono’s Kyle McClellan (16:30.90) to the finish line in the Class C boys’ race. Sumner’s Kaleb Colson (sixth place, 17:36.10), Bucksport’s Gage Bruns (seventh place, 17:48.21) and George Stevens Academy’s Ira Buchholz (ninth, 17:57.35) and Sol Lorio (10th, 17:59.14) also finished in the top 10. Henry Penfold (18:46.21) finished 21st for Deer Isle-Stonington.

Bucksport’s William Hileman and Mount Desert Island’s Sam York compete in the boys’ race during the PVC cross-country championships Oct. 16 at Bucksport High School. York (16 minutes, 22.19 seconds) won the Class B race, and Hileman (16:25.88) claimed first in the Class C competition. KARIN BOS PHOTO

In the Class C girls’ race, GSA’s Thea Crowley finished in 18:11.45 to place second to Orono’s Ruth White (17:29.50). Bucksport’s Rebekah Ireland finished in 20:41.74 to place fifth for the home team, and GSA’s Ariana Stilles-Martin (11th place, 22:15.88) placed just inside the top fourth of the 46-runner field.

Sam York finished in 16:22.19 to win the Class B boys’ race for MDI, which also got top-20 finishes from Tucker James (12th place, 18:13.83), Liam McKernan (13th place, 18:16.70), Callahan Bryer (16th, 18:32.31) and Sam Craighead (17th, 18:35.25). Matthew Cormier (19th, 18:46.12) and Aedyn Hughes (20th, 18:49.32) finished in the top 20 for Ellsworth.

Grace Munger (19:49.40) placed second in the Class B girls’ race for an MDI team that also got top-10 finishes from AyliGrace Munro (fifth place, 20:26.59), Callan Eason (sixth place, 20:48.32), Ella Joyce (seventh, 20:49.44), Meri Rainford (eighth, 21:10.57) and Piper Soares (ninth, 21:18.95). Ellsworth’s Addison Nelson finished in 20:03.01 to place fourth in the 39-runner field.

The MDI boys (59 points) edged out Caribou (61 points) in a tight battle for the Class B team title, and the MDI girls posted 20 points to blow away the Vikings (71) and claim their fifth meet win of the season. The GSA boys scored 50 points to finish second to Orono (44) in Class C.

Local teams will compete in the Northern Maine championships Saturday, Oct. 23, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. The day will begin with the Class C girls’ and boys’ races at 11 and 11:40 a.m., respectively, and conclude with the Class B girls’ race at 1:40 p.m. and Class B boys’ race at 2:20.

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell

Mike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected]

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