Ellsworth’s Calvin Nelson (seventh place, Class C boys) and George Stevens Academy’s Thea Crowley (first place, Class C girls) were two of the top Hancock County runners in the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Oct. 19 in Searsport. Runners will return to Waldo County on Saturday, Oct. 26, for the Northern Maine championships at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast. FILE PHOTOS

Local teams, runners win big at PVC cross-country championships

SEARSPORT — Local runners were among the top finishers in Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference championships in Searsport.

Mount Desert Island won the Large-School boys’ meet with 34 points, and Ellsworth placed fourth of the nine point-accumulating teams with 130. Ponce Saltysiak and Jon Genrich placed a respective second and third for the Trojans, and the Eagles’ Calvin Nelson took seventh.

The MDI girls breezed to the top spot in the Large-School meet with 30 points, and Ellsworth scored 65 to edge Caribou for second. Ellsworth’s Caitlin MacPherson finished in 22 minutes, 25.57 seconds to place third overall, and MDI’s Katelyn Osborne crossed the finish line in 22:59.03 to place fourth in the 56-runner field.

All three of Hancock County’s Class C boys’ teams earned top-half finishes in the Small-School meet with George Stevens Academy placing second with 46 points, Bucksport taking third with 99 and Sumner claiming fourth with 162. GSA’s Clark Morrison finished as the top local runner with a fourth-place finish in the 68-runner field.

On the girls’ side, GSA freshman Thea Crowley won her fourth meet of the year with a time of 21:08.73. None of the local teams entered enough runners to receive team scores.

The next meet for Hancock County runners will be the Northern Maine championships at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.

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