GORHAM – The Bonny Eagle, Gorham, Scarborough, Westbrook and Windham cross country teams competed in their final meet of the regular season on chilly afternoon at the Narragansett School course in Gorham last Friday.

Scarborough senior Robby Hall went wire to wire to win the boys race in a time of 16:58, seven seconds ahead of sophomore teammate Jacob Terry on the 3.1-mile course. Hall is now seeded fourth in the SMAA, and Red Storm coach Jim Harmon said his top runner looks good heading into the Western Maine championships.

“He’s feeling good, if everything comes together he should be right in that that top bunch of the individuals for the state championship,” Harmon said. “The most important thing at this point isn’t whether he won or lost, it’s how he felt and is he ready for the next two weeks. It’s more of a confidence builder, but if he comes out of this and feels good that’s more important.”

Jack Sullivan was three seconds behind Terry to round out a Red Storm 1-2-3 sweep, with Colin Tardiff and Ian Morris coming in sixth and seventh, respectively, as the two-time defending state champions easily won the boys race with a score of 19 a 17:11 average time.

Windham junior Nick Skvorak was the highest placed runner not wearing a Red Storm uniform, com in in fourth with a time of 17:10 as the Eagles were third in the boys race with a 73, 20 points behind second-placed Gorham, who were paced by fifth-placed Jesse Southard (17:19) and ninth-placed Jeremy Collett (17:44).

Westbrook’s Tyler Jack paced the Blue Blazes with a time of 17:33 to come in eighth, while Bonny Eagle’s Garrett Swett rounded out the top-10 with a 17:48. The Scots edged out the Blazes 113 to 122 for fourth place.

Bonny Eagle senior Samantha Cox won the girls race in 18:42, four seconds ahead of junior teammate Mary Szatkowski. The pair ran together for nearly the entire race before Cox pulled away in the last half mile, and having a teammate to run with at the front is a major luxury, Cox said.

“It does help a lot,” she said. “This year it’s been really great because Mary and are so close in time that we just push each other the whole race, we’re always there and we push each other more than we’d be pushed if we were alone, so it’s really nice. I think it was a really good race.”

The pair were more than a minute ahead of teammates Kristen Glennie (19:53) and Alexandra Vayda (19:56) in third and fourth place, while Kyaunna Libby rounded out the scoring for the Scots with an eighth-placed 20:53 as they took home a dominating team victory with a score of 18 and a 19:38 average.

Scarborough junior Marissa Agger was the highest-placed non-Scot, coming in fifth in a time of 20:08, while Mackenzie Joy (20:32) and Julia Rand of Windham (20:37) were sixth and seventh, helping the Eagles take second with a 49 while the Storm were third with a 78.

Kelsey Mitchell was the top runner for Gorham with a 13th-placed 21:48 as the Rams took fourth with a team score of 96, and Julia Childs led Westbrook with a 24:40, good enough for 34th as the Blazes finished with a 150.

The five schools will now look ahead to this Saturday’s Western Maine Class A Regional at Twin Brook Recreation Park in Cumberland, where the Red Storm boys and Scots girls, as well as Hall and Cox individually, will be among the favorites. The Class A boys race will kick off the day at 10 a.m., with the Class A girls race following at 10:35.

Scarborough senior Robby Hall won the boys race in a time of 16:58 as the Red Storm took the boys team race.
 Junior Mackenzie Joy was Windham’s top finisher in the girls race, coming in sixth in a time of 20:32.
Scarborough sophomore Jacob Terry leads Gorham freshman Jesse Southard early in the boys race. Terry would finish second behind teammate Robby Hall in 17:05, while Southard was Gorham’s top finisher in fifth place in a time of 17:19. 
Westbrook’s Tyler Jack was eighth in the boys race, running a time of 17:33 as the Blue Blazes’ top finisher.
Windham junior Nate Skvorak pushes through the last lap of the boys race. Skvorak was the Eagles’ top finisher, coming in fourth in a time of 17:10.
Junior Marissa Agger was Scarborough’s top finisher in the girls race, coming in fifth in a time of 20:08.
Bonny Eagle senior Samantha Cox leads teammate Mary Szatkowski. Cox would win the girls race in a time of 18:42, with Szatkowski second in a time of 18:46.

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