Boothbay Region High School Seahawks’ and Wiscasset Middle High School Wolverines’ combined cross country teams dominated the Mountain Valley Conference preview meet Sept. 24. The boys placed first among seven teams and the girls second among three teams. Competition included athletes from Monmouth Academy and Hall-Dale, Madison Memorial, Lisbon, Spruce Mountain, Winthrop, Oak Hill, Telstar Regional, Richmond, Mt. Abram and Dirigo high schools.
The boys ran a nail-biter beating Monmouth Academy by four points with Lucas Hardwick coming in sixth in 19:52. Gryffin Kristan followed in 10th in 20:32 and Dominick Dow and Ryan Clark in 14th and 15th in 21:04 and 21:05. Bryan Gagnon placed 22nd in 21:45; Marlowe Recoing-Tallen and Henry Putnam, 29th and 30th in 23:05.4 and 23:05.8; and Rodion Mayne, 22nd, 24:08.
The girls placed second of three qualifying teams, but outran most athletes from schools that could not field teams. Laura Chapman, Julia Truesdell and Emerson Harris placed seventh, eighth and ninth in 26:41, 27:04 and 27:27. Emily Gilliam and Maddie Orchard placed 15th and 16th in 29:52 and 30:24.
The Seahawks-Wolverines race next at the Festival of Champions Oct. 2 in Belfast.