Runners compete in the Festival of Champions on Oct. 1 in Belfast. Mount Desert Island’s Tia Tardy was the top finisher in the girls’ event. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY LETITIA BALDWIN

MDI’s Tia Tardy shines in Festival of Champions



BELFAST — Mount Desert Island’s Tia Tardy claimed victory in Maine’s Festival of Champions cross-country meet Saturday in Belfast, finishing with a time of 18 minutes, 32 seconds.

On the boys’ side, George Stevens Academy’s John Hassett was the top finisher from Hancock County. Yarmouth’s Luke Laverdiere finished in the top spot overall with a time of 15:33.

The Falmouth boys and Cumberland girls won the team competitions. Below is a list of the top-10 individual performers and top-five team scores for both the boys’ and girls’ events.

Boys’ invididual

    1. Luke Laverdiere, Yarmouth, 15:33
    2. Wyatt Lord, Hampden Academy, 15:51
    3. Jeremiah Sands, Falmouth, 15:58
    4. Noah Ekstein, Harwood, 16:08
    5. Joshua Lombardo, Westbrook, 16:12
    6. John Hassett, George Stevens Academy, 16:15
    7. Alexander Swett, Massabesic, 16:17
    8. Zachariah Hoyle, Messalonskee, 16:27
    9. Tucker Pierce, Maine Coast, 16:29
    10. Tucker Barber, Mount Blue, 16:30

Boys’ team scores

    1. Falmouth, 127
    2. Scarborough, 177
    3. Deering, 198
    4. Greely, 228
    5. Lincoln Academy, 243

Girls’ individual

    1. Tia Tardy, Mount Desert Island, 18:32
    2. Malaika Pasch, Falmouth, 18:36
    3. Anneka Murrin, Yarmouth, 16:36
    4. Katherine Leggat-Barr, Greely, 18:37
    5. Carolyn Todd, Greely, 18:45
    6. Kathryn Miller, York, 19:03
    7. Erin Magill, Harwood, 19:04
    8. Augusta Stockman, Camden Hills, 19:04
    9. Ami Beaumier, Bonnie Eagle, 19:16
    10. Kassidy Dill, Orono, 19:27

Girls’ team scores

    1. Cumberland, 131
    2. Greely, 161
    3. Yarmouth, 208
    4. York, 210
    5. Harwood, 265

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