For the second year in a row, the Houlton/GHCA girls are Class C State Runners-Up.
“The girls ran really well on a pretty challenging course,” said coach Chris Rines. “The 5k at Twin Brook in Cumberland is known to be a bit slower in general. After all of Class A and
B had completed their championship races, the already soaked trails were certainly, even more, slower than usual. Despite the trail conditions, the weather was absolutely perfect for runners and spectators alike! A beautiful sunny day and nice cool breeze really made for a great competitive atmosphere.”
In the boy’s race, Houlton/GHCA had freshman James Brady competing as an individual. James advanced to states by placing 12th at the regional level. He was able to clock the course in 19:10.37, which was good for 24th place overall. There were 11 south C runners ahead of him, he again matched his 12th place overall out of north C runners. He was the second freshman overall to complete the course, coming in about 15 seconds behind county rival and fellow 9th grader, Alden Reardon of Fort Kent.
In the girl’s race Orono was the heavily favored team to win coming into the day while, Houlton/GHCA was similarly heavily favored for second.
“We had a lot of great efforts out there and even came close to a couple PR’s from some tremendous efforts, but unfortunately we could not break through the predictions and we ended second overall,” Rines said.
Teanne Ewings was also able to match the team effort with her individual class C runner’s up place. Her time of 19:29.93 was good for second overall and is the fastest by a girl we have had from the Houlton area at the Twin Brook course. Natalie Johnson also medaled with a top 10 performance in 8th place overall. Andrea Ross was recognized for her top 30 finish, as she was able to finish in 22nd place. Mckenna Phillips, Jo Hanscom, and Leanne Ross all ran great, but came up just shy of the top 30 in 31, 33, and 35 overall respectively. Tori Ervin ended in 55th.
“We do have reason to celebrate, as our pair of sophomore sensations are extending their seasons by two weeks,” said Rines.
Ewings and Johnson were both able to rise up and finish among the top 25 overall individuals from Class A, B, and C to advance to the New England Championships at Ponaganset High School in North Scituate, Rhode Island on Saturday, November 12.
Houlton Individuals –
- James Brady 19:10.37
- Teanne Ewings 19:29.93
- Natalie Johnson 20:47.97
- Andrea Ross 22:56.13
- McKenna Phillips 23:16.45
- Joelle Hanscom 23:25.83
- Leanne Ross 23:36.91
- Victoria Ervin 25:22..91