MDI Girls Cross Country is Best in Maine

CUMBERLAND — With the tight pack that has been their strength all season, the Mount Desert Island Trojan girls ran their way to the Class B State Cross-county Championship on Saturday at the Twin Brook Recreation Area.

And they did it by trouncing the Camden Hills Windjammers — who had nipped them by one point for the Eastern Maine title a week earlier — by a decisive 16-point margin.

With sophomore Nora Hubbell leading the way with her ninth place finish in 20:46.87 over the 5,000-meter course, the Trojans put five runners among the top 16 finishers in a span of just 14 seconds.

Behind Hubbell came sophomore Isabel Erickson, 11th in 20:49.60; sophomore Olivia Erickson, 12th in 20:51.83; sophomore Maggie Painter, 14th in 20:56.56; and freshman Caroline Driscoll, 16th in 21:00.64.

“They were so close together that I didn’t even realize we had everybody in until I went down and counted all our teammates at the finish,” said MDI alternate Rebecca Planchart.

Rounding out the day for MDI were junior Malia Demers, 24th in 21:30.02, and junior Rachael McMinimy, 64th in 22:40.79.

MDI finished with 59 points with Camden Hills coming in with 75, despite a championship win by sophomore Brittany Bowman in 19:12.19 and a fifth place finish by freshman Willow Parker.

The Ellsworth Eagle girls, led by the fourth place finish of sophomore Aleta Looker in 20:08.40, finished ninth in the 13-team field with a score of 214.

Behind Looker for Ellsworth were freshman Haley Lawrence, 33rd in 21:56.50; senior Lauren Barkhouse, 69th in 22:45.56; junior Brooke Dunn, 70th in 22:45.82; senior Mallory Nightingale, 76th in 22:57.46; senior Jamie Ford, 83rd in 22:30.01; and freshman Mariah Brown, 84th in 23:30.91.

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Hugh Bowden

Hugh Bowden

Executive Editor
Hugh writes editorials, covers Hancock County sports and helps out where needed in The American's editorial department. When he's not on the sidelines, he enjoys playing jazz and tennis. [email protected]
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