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Greater Houlton Cross Country teams qualify for States, Girls finish Runners-Up

Belfast, ME – The Northern Maine Class C Regional Championship meet was held at Troy A Howard Middle School this past Saturday, and the meet turned out well for the Houlton/GHCA Cross Country team. 

The Houlton/GHCA girls and boys cross country teams qualified for the Class C State Championship in Belfast next Saturday. The girls team finished second out of seven teams, as the boys team finished 5th out of 13 teams. The top 4 girls teams and top 30 individuals qualify for the state meet, and the top 7 boys teams and top 30 individuals qualify for the state meet.

“I was pretty happy with how our teams both performed. The girls the last few years they kinda had the expectation that they would be doing well, the boys it’s been kinda a white whale for us and we have been unfortunate being the first ones knocked out of state competition, but we had a good freshman recruiting class this year.” Greater Houlton Cross Country coach Chris Rines said. “It’s a young team, it’s got a lot of potential and even on the girls’ side. We have a lot of talent that is experienced and some of the best kids to run in the state.” 

In the girls race, Orono’s Ruth White was the overall winner crossing the finish line at 17:08. Finishing right behind White, was Houlton/GHCA’s Teanne Ewings finishing in second with a time of 17:21. Ewing’s teammate Natalie Johnson finished after her in 3rd with a time of 19:46. 

Other results for the Shire girls were: 6, Leanne Ross, 21:03; 13, Katie McQuarrie, 22:54; 19, Andrea Ross, 24:12; 21, Dalayna Mincey, 24:16; 34, Amelia Drake, 26:31. 

The Orono Red Riots won the race with a team score of 29, Houlton/GHCA finishing a close second with a score of 35; George Stevens Academy in third with 85; and Mattanawcook Academy qualifying the last spot with 108. 

In the boys race, Sumner’s Kaleb Colson was the overall winner, completing the course in 16:32. Houlton/GHCA was led by Freshman runners Malachi Witmer and Brayden Drake. Witmer finished 10th with a time of 17:57, and then Drake finished right behind him in 11th in 18:12.

Other results for the Shire boys were: 26, James Brady, 18:45; 33, Shawn Coty, 19:22; 34, Landon Laferriere, 19:25; 52, Colton Simoes, 21:13; 57, Shayne Grass, 21:32. 

Sumner won the race with a team score of 60. Following are the other teams who qualified for next week’s State Championship race. 2, Orono, 84; 3, George Stevens Academy, 94; 4, Bucksport, 94; 5. Houlton/GHCA, 109; 6. Narraguagus, 168; 7, Washburn, 196. 

The Class C State Championship meet will start at 12:20 p.m. with the boys race, and then at 1:00 p.m. for the girls race at Troy A  Howard Middle School in Belfast this Saturday.

Rines said, “Should be a good competition, States the forecast is pretty wild, it’s suppose to be 70 degrees and sunny so hopefully the courses have dried out and we can see some more fast times, PR’s, and hope for a good competition all the way around.” 

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