OLD TOWN — The Mount Desert Island High School varsity boys’ cross country team were the winners in team scores at Saturday’s Sectional Invitational meet.
Four runners in the top ten and strong performances throughout gave them a team score of 52. The MDI girls were runners up, led by senior Waylon Henggeler, who finished second in the varsity field of 70.
“It was wonderful,” Coach Desiree Sirois said. “The strategies and tactics of racing and training that we have been working on this season so far are starting to pay off. The teams have been stepping up the workouts, and have been focused on season-end goals. It is really great to see things play out when hard work leads to impressive results, and that is exactly what occurred.”
Behind the Trojan boys in the team competition were Orono 61, Caribou 64, Old Town 116, Central 140, John Bapst 154, Foxcroft Academy 155, Presque Isle 188, Hermon 230 and Ellsworth 273.
Peter Philbrook placed fourth for MDI in 17:35.20, Ralph Magnani was fifth in 17:38.6, Jordan Harris was sixth in 17:39.09 and Ethan Craigo was seventh in 17:51.62.
Also in the varsity boys’ race were David Anderson, 31st in 19:09.36; Josh Bloom, 46th in 19:44.97; and Matt Hanna, 58th in 20:33.27.
In the girls’ competition, Orono took top honors with 35 points, followed by MDI 62, Caribou 100, John Bapst 112, Mattanawcook Academy 145, Ellsworth 165, Presque Isle 167, Washburn 180, Old Town 191 and Hermon 254.
For the Trojans, Waylon Henggeler was runner-up in 19:27.70, Caroline Driscoll was seventh in 20:07.54, Lydia Dacorte was eighth in 20:18.59, India Janes was 16th in 21:40.66, Xingyao Chen was 30th in 23:10.75, Erin White was 34th in 23:16.96, and Anita Wray was 44th in 24:28.71.
The teams head to Belfast Saturday for the Festival of Champions, a large meet including teams from all over New England and a few from Canada.
A Hancock County meet Thursday, Oct. 9, in Ellsworth will be the last competition before PVCs.