Varian makes all-conference second team

Posted:  Monday, October 16, 2017 - 3:15pm

Wiscasset Middle High School sent a small but spirited team of dedicated cross-country runners to the Mountain Valley Conference championship meet this past Saturday.

The meet included nine high schools and a 3.2-mile course on the University of Maine at Augusta campus. “All of our runners ran a personal best on this course,” Wolverine Coach Warren Cossette reported afterward.

Sophomore Gage Varian led all WMHS runners by placing eighth overall in a field of 77 runners. Varian crossed the finish line in 19:40. Cossette said it was Varian’s best time on the UMA course. He and his teammates ran there Sept. 20 at the MVC Mid-Season Race. Varian’s finish earned him a place on the second team of the All-Conference Team.

WMHS freshman Nate Gilliam had a good day as well, finishing the race with his best time of the year, 21:36. Matt Chapman and Caleb Gabrielle have also been running on the Wolverine cross-country team but didn’t take part in Saturday’s race. Both are also playing varsity soccer this fall and WMHS had a game with Telstar. Cossette said Chapman and Gabrielle were both eligible to run at the upcoming Regional meet.

In the girls’ competition, freshman Lily Yeaton recorded a time of 27:10 while teammate Maria West, a sophomore, finished in 29:09. There were 66 runners competing.

The team will compete at the Regional Class C Championships on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Twin Brooks Recreational Facility in Cumberland.