MT. ARARAT HIGH SCHOOL’S Lisandro Berry-Gaviria nears the finish line on his way to a win in the State Class A Boys Cross Country Championship at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday.

MT. ARARAT HIGH SCHOOL’S Lisandro Berry-Gaviria nears the finish line on his way to a win in the State Class A Boys Cross Country Championship at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday.

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Mt. Ararat High School’s Lisandro Berry-Gaviria had high hopes coming into Saturday’s State Class A Cross Country Championships at Twin Brook.

His only worry — was the slower course going to slow him down after recording a sub-16 minute run in the Class A North regional final at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast the week before?

THE STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS were held at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday, with several area runners in action. In the photos, clockwise from the top, here is the start of the girls race; Brunswick’s Desiree Tanner concentrates during the last stages of the girls Class A race; and Mt. Ararat’s Lucas Bergeron (533) tries to hold off Brunswick’s Andrew Chingos (432).

THE STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS were held at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday, with several area runners in action. In the photos, clockwise from the top, here is the start of the girls race; Brunswick’s Desiree Tanner concentrates during the last stages of the girls Class A race; and Mt. Ararat’s Lucas Bergeron (533) tries to hold off Brunswick’s Andrew Chingos (432).

Berry-Gaviria didn’t run a sub-16 again, but his time of 16:31.71 was tops in Class A for the state title for the sophomore. He edged Hampden Academy’s Wyatt Lord, Deering’s Yahya Nure and Scarborough’s Connor Coffin for the win, giving Berry- Gaviria a three-week sweep of the Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference, Class A North Regional and State Class A meets.

 

 

Now, he will look forward to the New England Interscholastic Cross Country Championships, which will be held at Troy Howard Middle School on Nov. 11.

 

 

Falmouth captured the boys State Class A title with 73 points, edging runner-up Scarborough (95), with Greely (105), Hampden Academy (123) and Deering (126) rounding out the top five. Mt. Ararat took eighth with 208 points, while rival Brunswick was 16th with 364 points.

Also running for the Eagles were Devin Hoskins, Lucas Bergeron, Nate Cohen, Andrew Chamberland, Tyler Bernier and Sam Stride.

The top Dragon was Andrew Chingos, who claimed 53rd overall. Brunswick’s Tyler Patterson, Ryan Olson, Daniel Lyons, Aiden Simmons and Nick DeRosa were also in action.

Camden Hills won the girls Class A championship, picking up 73 points on the day. Greely (107), Falmouth (131), Deering (136) and Bonny Eagle (140) rounded out the top five, with Mt. Ararat claiming seventh with 163 points and Brunswick 12th with 263 points.

Falmouth’s Sofie Matson took the individual title, winning in 18:41.60, the top time on the day on the 5K setup. The Windjammers claimed spots two and three — Augusta Stockman and Grace Iltis, respectively.

Mt. Ararat ’ s Karli Leighton was ninth in 19:50.03, with teammates Camila Ciembroniewicz, Katherine Leckbee, Sara York, Anna Pederson, Katie Lynch and Josie Miller competing.

Brunswick’s top finisher was Micaela Ashby in 38th, while Isabella Pols, Caitlin Kelly, Kathleen Koval, Desiree Tanner, Adelin Dolley and Kirah Despres-Bowman ran for the Dragons.

Class B

Lily Horne was tops in the Western Maine Conference meet back Oct. 13, and finished second in the Class B South regional a eight days later.

On Saturday, Horne returned to the top of the podium in the state meet, winning in 19: 10.85 to edge out Yarmouth’s Sophia Laukli, who was well back in 19:42.81.

Horne helped the Falcons to a ninth- place showing with 204 points, with Emily Sclar, Patricia Dupere, Elsa Blease, Katie Morrissey, Sarah Southall and Lydia Hollen in action.

The Morse girls had a solid day, taking seventh with 172 points. Led by Sydney McCarren ( 13th, 21: 26.24) and Micailah Albertson (18th, 21:39.01), the Shipbuilders also featured Jenny Wilbraham, Lorelei Pryor, Emma Gould, Whitney Durgin and Katie Whitman.

Yarmouth brought home the title with 67 points, ahead of York (85), Caribou (104), Cape Elizabeth ( 123) and Ellsworth (138).

Lincoln Academy grabbed four of the top 20 spots in the boys race, finishing with 56 points and the championship plaque.

Freeport was the runner up with 114 points, edging out rival Yarmouth, which had 115. Wells ( 121) and Caribou (154) rounded out the top five.

Falcons Martin Horne (eighth, 17:22.99) and Alex Les (13th, 17:45.64) led the way, with teammates Tom Doyle, Heath Cockburn, Paul Biberstein, John Giddens and Dawson Pillow running.

Morse had a pair runners competing, with Connor Freeman finishing 35th and Ben Brewer in 40th.

Luke Laverdiere of Yarmouth turned in the day’s top time among the three classes, finishing in 15:43.89, with Mitch Libby of Wells (16:47.43) in second.

Class C

Onono swept the boys and girls races, with the girls finishing with 71 points and the boys having 48.

Olivia Reynolds of Maine Coast-Waldorf captured the girls individual title in 20: 13.10, while Waynflete’s Henry Spritz was the top boy in 17:01.67.

Richmond had a pair of runners in action. Ford Strout was 33rd in the boys race (19:08.85), with Bobcat Destiny Anair in 54th in the girls.


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