CUMBERLAND — Capping a season of successes, the Mount Desert Island High School girls’ cross country team competed on a slippery course at the New England Cross Country Championships Nov. 10. The girls’ team has competed in the event the last three years.
“As a team, when we are able to finish strong and still all give one-hundred percent up until the last second of the last race.” – Coach Desiree Sirois
“The course was challenging both in its elevation profile but also in its condition,” said head coach Desiree Sirois in a post meet analysis.
Patches of mud at the Twin Brook Community Recreation Center had runners from across the Eastern U.S. skittering as they tried to find their footing – some of them falling.
Those conditions on the 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) course made for a “true” cross country race, Coach Sirois said, forcing her runners to “plan tactile maneuvers” and focus on staying upright, not necessarily in front.
The MDI High School girls placed 26th overall, beating out Washburn High School from Maine as well as Cumberland High School, Rhode Island; Harwood Union High School, Vermont, and Mount Mansfield Union High School, Vermont.
Waylon Henggeler outpaced hundreds of runners to finish 52nd overall and first for MDI with a time of 21:00.02. Olivia Erickson placed second for MDI and 68th overall in a time of 21:19.12.
Caroline Driscoll placed third for MDI and 120th overall in a time of 21:59.52. Isabel Erickson crossed the line just behind Driscoll to finish 121st overall and fourth for her team in a time of 21:59.52. Rebecca Planchart finished fifth for MDI and 194th overall in a time of 23:48.36.
The top finisher from Richford Junior-Senior High School, Vermont, was Elle Purrier in a time of 18:42.44.
Barrington High School, Rhode Island, finished the meet as a team with its top five runners placing 2nd, 7th, 15th, 24th, and 27th. Bonny Eagle High School was the top finisher overall for Maine in 15th position.
The next-best finishers from Maine were Massabesic High School, in 18th position, and Camden Hills High School, in 22nd position. MDI was beat out by Cheverus High School in 25th position.
Despite her runners not taking home the trophy, as they are accustomed to doing, Coach Sirois expressed admiration for her runners. Some older team members improved their finish by 50 positions from last year’s New England championship, she said.
“It is an incredibly long season, with challenging races throughout,” said coach Sirois. “As a team, when we are able to finish strong and still all give one-hundred percent up until the last second of the last race, well, that is the epitome of dedication and commitment.”
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