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Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby WMTW » Thu Sep 28, 2017 5:34 am

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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby BDN » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:24 am

2,100 runners to compete at Festival of Champions

...Saturday’s 16th edition of the event is expected to showcase its largest field yet, with 1,100 boys and 900 girls from 86 schools set to converge on Belfast for what has become arguably the largest competitive sporting event in the state, and one of New England’s largest cross-country invitationals.

While meet director and Brewer High School coach Glendon Rand isn’t surprised at those numbers, the fact that November’s New England Championships are to be run on the same 3.1-mile course at Troy Howard Middle School forced race officials to expand the field a bit.

“We’ve normally had seven or eight out-of-state schools and we’ve expanded to 15 to allow other out-of-state schools to come and see the course,” Rand said.

http://bangordailynews.com/2017/09/29/s ... champions/
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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby WABI » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:24 am

Southern Maine Runners Claim Festival of Champions Titles, Locals Perform Well
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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby WFVX » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:30 am

Festival of Champions sees repeat champion, freshman star

BELFAST - The Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions pits some of the best runners not just in the state, but across New England against one another in a blitz to see who the best of the best is in fall running. Saturday's meet brought out a large enthusiastic crowd, and they were in for a treat.

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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby BDN » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:43 am

Yarmouth senior challenges meet record in winning Festival boys race

BELFAST, Maine — Luke Laverdiere was speechless in more ways than one after breaking the tape at Saturday’s Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions at the Troy Howard Middle School.

The Yarmouth High School senior came agonizingly close to breaking a course and meet record held by Josef-Holt Andrews (15 minutes, 3 seconds), who is now running at Iowa State University.

Laverdiere put down a fast time, pulling away from a tight pack early in the race to win going away in 15:10.86.

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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby BDN » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:43 am

Falmouth freshman claims Festival of Champions girls title

BELFAST, Maine — For coaches and runners alike, the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions not only provides Maine schools a taste of out of state competition, but a midseason barometer as postseason races beckon in October.

If Saturday’s day of fast running is any indication, the final three weeks of October are going to be fun to watch.

The girls from Camden Hills High School of Rockport proved they are going to be one of the teams to beat in Maine, as the Windjammers placed second and were the state’s top entry at Troy Howard Middle School.

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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby SJ » Sun Oct 01, 2017 4:47 am

Laverdiere cruises at Festival of Champions

...Laverdiere chugged to the finish line in 15:10.9, four seconds shy of the course record held by Josef Holt-Andrews of Telstar, set in 2015, but well ahead of the next-best runner.

The weather at the 2017 Festival of Champions was perfect for runners to break their personal records, and Laverdiere took advantage early.

Through the first mile, the runner from Yarmouth already had a solid lead of a few seconds over second-place runner Maximillian Sparks of Canton High School. After a 4:49 first mile, Laverdiere came through the second-mile marker at 9:43, increasing his lead. Around a minute behind was Oxford Hills’ Dominic Sclafani, who came through at 10:32, followed closely by Lewiston’s Abbas Muktar and Edward Little’s Russell Allen.

Coming down the home stretch and up over the last hill, the PA announcer was informing the crowd of the course record and Laverdiere’s chances at breaking it, something the Yarmouth senior took into account.

Laverdiere finished short of the new course record, but 17 seconds better than the old second-best time. The next finisher from a Maine school was John Auer of Falmouth, who ran 16:02 — good for seventh. Falmouth, as a team, finished in fourth.

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Re: Maine XC Festival of Champions - Sept. 30 Belfast

Postby PPH » Sun Oct 01, 2017 5:14 am

Cross country: Near-record day at Festival of Champions in Belfast
Yarmouth's Luke Laverdiere comes just 4 seconds shy of the course mark set in 2013.

...He defended his title at Troy Howard Middle School – the site of this fall’s New England championship meet – in a time of 15 minutes, 10.86 seconds. It was seven seconds faster than Laverdiere had ever completed a 5-kilometer course, but it fell four seconds shy of the course record (15:06.92) set by Josef Holt-Andrews of Telstar in 2013.

“I knew it was close,” Laverdiere said. “With a half mile to go, I was hurting a lot, but I knew I had a shot.”

No other Maine runner – not Ben True, Will Geoghegan, Levi Miller nor Ayalew Taye – had broken 15:30 at Belfast until Holt-Andrews blazed to the record. On Saturday, under partly cloudy skies with temperatures just below 60, Laverdiere came closest.

“I didn’t quite get (the record) but it was a great PR,” he said, “so I’m not going to complain.”

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