BUCKSPORT — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity girls’ cross-country team defended their title as large school PVC champions Saturday. The MDI boys are PVC runners-up this year.
The MDI girls finished with just 19 points, followed by Caribou 51, Ellsworth 96, John Bapst 101, Presque Isle 138, Old Town 149, Hermon 172 and Washington Academy 210.
MDI senior Caroline Driscoll held off sophomore Hannah Steelman of Orono by about four seconds with her winning time of 19:54.51, with three of her teammates also turning in top 10 finishes.
Senior Waylon Henggeler was fifth in 20:38.99, sophomore Lydia DaCorte was seventh in 20:51.55, and junior Sakura Sunagawa was 10th in 21:24.69.
Behind them for the Trojans were sophomore Emma Strong, 12th in 21:38.59; freshman India Janes, 24th in 22:33.43; and senior Sydney Wright, 38th in 23:42.57.
MDI senior Ralph Magnani finished fifth overall to lead the MDI Trojan boys to second place among large schools with 48 points. Caribou was the winner in team scores with 39 points. Behind MDI came Foxcroft Academy 107, Old Town 118, John Bapst 132, Presque Isle 152, Ellsworth 195, Hermon 207 and Washington Academy 209.
Magnani completed the 5K course in 18:31.60 for MDI. He was followed by senior Jordan Harris, 11th in 18:45.68; junior Peter Philbrook, 12th in 18:45.68; senior Ethan Craigo, 19th in 19:05.75; junior Dylan Harris, 30th in 19:38.99; senior David Anderson, 34th in 19:54.62; and sophomore Josh Bloom, 36th in 20:02.49.
“It was a great meet,” coach Desiree Sirois said. “We have begun putting the pieces together that we have been focusing on all season, and beginning to see the results of our tactics, strategy and training. We are right where we would like to be and hoped to be at this point in the season.
“The athletes are starting to feel the physical and mental effects of racing during the championship season, and I am excited to see them continue to work together to push past their perceived individual and team limits.”
All of the PVC runners and more will compete on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Eastern Maine championships at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
The Class B boys’ race is set for 1:20 p.m., followed by the Class B girls’ race at 1:55 p.m.