CUMBERLAND — Even Mother Nature is no match for Winthrop’s Ben Allen.
With rain drenching much of the state this week, wet and muddy conditions were expected at Twin Brook in Cumberland on Saturday morning. The course, while muddy in some parts, was pretty dry as the Ramblers’ senior won the Western Class C boys’ race with a time of 17:19.64.
He finished ten seconds ahead of Matthew Malcom of North Yarmouth Academy, and Tucker Pierce of Merriconeag-Waldof School finshed third (17:42.52).
“It was good to have two guys running right next to me compared to the last couple (weeks),” Allen said. “They pushed the pace pretty well and that’s good, because it sets me up with a close race at the end. I think I can outkick most people.”
Winthrop’s top five all finished in the top 30 to qualify for the Class C state championships in Belfast next Saturday. As a team the Ramblers finished third with 89 points. Boothbay won the team event with 51 points. Merriconeag also had 51 points, but lost the tiebreaker to place second.
Waynflete finished fourth and NYA fifth in the team race.
While Monmouth Academy didn’t officially have enough runners to run as a team, it will still have two runners going to states. Luke Thombs finished fourth as he led the second pack of runners with a time of 18:00.27. Nick Menice finished 17th with a time of 18:56.79.
Dirigo will be sending one to Class C states. Caleb Fortin finished 27th with a time of 19:29.39. As a team, the Cougars finished seventh, one spot from making it to Belfast.
The Cougars did qualify two girls, as well, as Jessica Conant (23:18.06) and Megan Morrison (23:18.79) finished 18th and 19th.
Waynflete won the girls’ Class C team race at 39 points, followed by Merriconeag (66) and NYA (120). Last weekend’s Mountain Valley Conference champion and runner-up flipped-flopped this weekend, as St. Dominic Academy finished fourth (135) while Monmouth finished fifth (137).
“The girls ran exceptionally well, our top three placed in the top 20,” St. Dom’s coach Marc Lepage said. “They ran as best as they could and our fourth, fifth and sixth runners also ran incredibly good to pick up those two points.”
Diego Villamarin is the lone Saints runner going on the boys side. He finished in 20th (19:05.78).
In the girls’ race it was Hannah Austin of NYA who came away as champion as she crossed the finish line with a time of 20:44.23, 25 seconds ahead of Olivia Skillings of Merriconeag. Ellie Chidsey of Waynflete finished in third.
Telstar’s Gabi Stone was the first local runner to cross the finish line in tenth place with a time of 22:24.97. Along with Kaitlyn Browns’s 20th place finish 23:19.38, Telstar qualified for states in sixth position.
Also going to states for Telstar is freshman boys’ runner Blake Rothwell, who finished 23rd (19:15.71).
Winthrop just missed going to states, but will have Jada Choate running as she finished in 28th (23:45.82).
In the Class B boys’ race, Mitch Morris of Cape Elizabeth pulled away from the competition with a time of 16:45.48. Harrison Knowlton of Leavitt came in second with a time of 17:11.15 edging out Patrick Carty of Fryeburg Academy.
“I typically don’t go out fast, that’s kind of a hallmark of mine, but today Chandler Vincent took the race out very fast,” Morris said. “He was 15 yards ahead 100 meters into the race, I knew I needed to keep pace with him.”
Gray-New Gloucester’s Ben Garcia finished in eighth (17:40.56) and helped the Patriots to their second straight Class B State Championship appearance with a sixth-place team finish.
“As I saw Kyle Kennedy (of Cape Elizabeth who finished sixth), I knew I had a chance (of finishing in the top ten),” Garcia said. “He’s a great runner and I knew he would bring it. I knew there was no way he would do worse than top ten.”
York came in first in the boys’ Class B team race followed by Greely and Cape Elizabeth. Locally, Lisbon finished in tenth (Nicholas Harriman will be going to states with a 20th place finish), Leavitt 12th and Poland 14th.
Katherine Leggart-Barr of Greely won the girls’ race in Western B (19:46.75). Yarmouth’s Grace Cowles (20:22.17) and Anneka Murrin (20:23.06) finished second and third.
Yarmouth won the girls’ team race followed by Greely and Cape Elizabeth. Locally, Leavitt finished tenth with Julia Labbe going to states, followed by Gray-New Gloucester and Poland (Samantha Halmos finished 30th).
In the Western Class A races, Iid Sheikh-Yusuf of Deering won the race with Falmouth winning the team title. Anna Slager of Gorham won the girls’ race while Massabesic took the team title.