November 1, 2013

State cross country titles are on the line

The high school championships will be decided Saturday.

By Glenn Jordan gjordan@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely took an early lead and went on to win the Western Class B cross country regional at Twin Brook in Cumberland last weekend. Now she’ll be seeking the state championship on the same course Saturday, with only Aleta Looker of Ellsworth regarded as a serious threat.

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STATE CROSS COUNTRY

WHAT: State championshipsWHEN: Saturday

WHERE: At Twin Brook Recreation Area, Cumberland

SCHEDULE: Class B: Girls, 11 a.m.; Boys, 11:45 a.m.

Class C: Girls, 12:30 p.m.; Boys, 1:15 p.m.

Class A: Girls, 2 p.m.; Boys, 2:45 p.m.

Western champion Freeport, along with Cape Elizabeth, Greely and Falmouth, remains in the running for a New England berth.

Individually, 2012 runner-up Kirstin Sandreuter of Greely returned from a three-week injury layoff to win the West region handily. Aleta Looker of Ellsworth looks to be the only serious threat.

CLASS B BOYS: Cape Elizabeth and Ellsworth won their respective regionals by wide margins. Whether the Capers can repeat may depend on their No. 3 runner, senior Will Britton, who has been out with a foot injury, providing a complement to the 1-2 punch of classmates Liam Simpson and Peter Doane.

“He’s totally healthy,” said Cape Elizabeth Coach Derek Veilleux.

Individually, Dan Curts of Ellsworth is favored to repeat, but teammate Bryan Beardsley, the Cape duo and Will Shafer of Gray-New Gloucester will also be factors.

CLASS C GIRLS: Waynflete will battle Eastern champ Orono and defending champion Washburn for the title. Until last fall, no Eastern Maine team had won in Class C since Mattanawcook Academy in 1997.

Individually, Koch and Canning provide an intriguing matchup. Koch focused exclusively on cross country last fall but has returned to playing soccer again as a senior. Canning only has a few races under her belt. Hannah Austin of North Yarmouth Academy also figures to be in contention.

CLASS C BOYS: Western champ Boothbay Region is looking for its second state title in five years. Eastern champ Orono and Western runner-up Merriconeag will contend.

Individually, Josef Holt-Andrews of Telstar will run away from the field. His 15:54 clocking at Saturday’s Western regional was one of only four sub-16 times by Maine schoolboys at Twin Brook. The others: Will Geoghegan (15:43) of Brunswick, True (15:45) of Greely, Nate Hathaway (15:46) of Scarborough and McClintock (15:52) of Madison.

Glenn Jordan can be contacted at 791-6425 or:Gjordan@pressherald.comTwitter: GlennJordanPPH

 

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