Girls XC team wins Eastern Maine title


The MDI girls accept their Eastern Maine Champions plaque Saturday in Belfast. From left, coach Brad Witham, Ava Drennan, Xingyao Chen, Waylon Henggeler, Sakura Sunagawa, Caroline Driscoll, India Janes, Lydia Dacorte, Sydney Wright, Erin White and head coach Desiree Sirois. PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDEN

BELFAST — The Mount Desert Island High School girls cross country team won the Eastern Maine Class B girls’ cross-country championship at the Troy Howard Middle School on Saturday.

The Trojan girls placed four runners among the top 15 to finish with 57 points, besting the runner-up Caribou Vikings by 10 points to win their second straight EM title.

In the scoring for MDI, Caroline Driscoll finished second overall in 20:06.33, followed by sophomore Lydia DaCorte, fifth in 20:27.74; senior Waylon Henggeler, sixth in 20:41.50; freshman India Janes, 11th in 21:45.25; junior Sakura Sunagawa, 33rd in 23:12.26; senior Sydney Wright, 34th in 23:18.58; and junior Xingyao Chen, 37th in 23:26.79.

“We worked all season to visualize the bigger meets and where we want to be at the end of the season, not where we start at,” said MDI coach Desiree Sirois. “It was good.”

In the Class B boys’ meet, MDI’s Trojans fell just three points short of the title, finishing as runners-up behind the Caribou Vikings with 74 points to Caribou’s 71.

For MDI, senior Ralph Magnani led the way, placing sixth in 17:58.94, and senior Jordan Harris was seventh in 18:00.04. Behind them were junior Peter Philbrook, 13th in 18:26.34; junior Dylan Harris, 22nd in 18:48.38; senior David Anderson, 26th in 19:02.46; senior Ethan Craigo, 36th in 19:18.57; and sophomore Josh Bloom, 56th in 20:04.25.

“It’s been a personal goal of mine for the last four or five years to really get them at that level,” said Sirois, “and they’re just doing a really good job. It’s nice to see that.”

The Ellsworth boys finished 14th among the 16 Class B teams with 359 points.

The MDI girls and boys, the Ellsworth girls and the GSA girls and boys all qualified for the upcoming state championships, which also will be held in Belfast on Saturday, Nov. 1.

Saturday’s meet will open with the Class C boys’ race at 11 a.m., followed by the girls’ race at 11:45. The Class B boys will run at 2 p.m., followed by the Class B girls at 2:45.

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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