Festival of Champions: Maine standouts win

Posted by: MBR on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 4:41 am
Maine standouts win at Festival of Champions meet... “I just thought about running an 800 and tried to pick it up from there,” Tardy said. “That definitely helped.”The midseason invitational, which was celebrating its 15th running, also saw Yarmouth junior Luke Laverdiere run to victory in the boys race.“I think I’m in excellent shape,” said Laverdiere, who clocked in at 15:33. “It’s halfway through the season, and I think it’s definitely a good gauge for what I wanted to do this year.”In addition to the outstanding individual runs exhibited by Tardy and Laverdiere, the Falmouth boys and Cumberland, Rhode Island, girls walked away from Belfast with team titles.http://bangordailynews.com/2016/10/01/s ... ions-meet/
Posted by: MBRer on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 4:58 am
Falmouth boys capture the XC Festival of ChampionsLuke Laverdiere of Yarmouth and Tia Tardy of Mount Desert Island are the individual champions. BELFAST — Jeremiah Sands of Falmouth wasn’t a fan of waiting to find out which team won the Maine cross country Festival of Champions on Saturday.“It’s awful,” he said after finishing third in the 15th annual race in 15 minutes, 58.15 seconds over 5 kilometers – a school record and the fastest senior time of the day. “It should be close.”But the two-hour wait proved worth it: The Falmouth boys placed first with 127 points. Scarborough – which has won the meet five times – took second (177), and Deering was third (203).http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/01/f ... champions/
Posted by: MBRer on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 5:17 am
... More than 1,700 runners from 76 schools (68 Maine schools) competed Saturday. With numbers like those, it is inevitable that each of the six races will begin with a traffic jam as runners leave the school’s football field and funnel onto the course.Barber wasn't the only Mt. Blue boy to get off to a slow start. The Cougars began so slowly that coach Kelley Cullenberg wasn't able to stick around and see the first few of them at the half-mile mark before heading over to meet them at the mile marker and update them on their times.“They were way back at the mile,” Cullenberg said. “But everybody takes it out so fast here that I think, in a weird way, it might have played to their favor because they were strong enough to be able to pass the people that they passed.http://www.sunjournal.com/news/local-sp ... ns/2003236
Posted by: MBRer on Sun Oct 2nd, 2016 5:20 am
Hoyle, Barber, Hickey among top locals at major X-C event ... Hampden’s Wyatt Lord (15:51), Falmouth’s Jeremiah Sands (15:58), Harwood’s Noah Eckstein (16:08) and Westbrook’s Joshua Lombardo (16:12) rounded out the top five individually. Messalonskee’s Zach Hoyle (eighth, 16:27) and Mt. Blue’s Tucker Barber (10th, 16:30) were locals in the top 10.“I feel really good about it. I felt really strong throughout the race,” Hoyle said. “It’s the fastest course in Maine, it’s really the best. … In the KVAC area we have a lot of courses that are hilly and not the best quality. This is very well-groomed and made for speed. Everyone in our area has to change their tactics a little bit.”Barber recovered from a slow start to post the solid timehttp://www.centralmaine.com/2016/10/01/ ... champions/
Posted by: DickPhillips on Tue Oct 4th, 2016 4:45 am
What we learned from the Festival of Champions: Tia Tardy, Luke Laverdiere primed for strong stretch drive Every year, the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions, the state’s largest cross country invitational run annually at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, serves two purposes. For one, it provides Maine teams to compete against out-of-state schools from Rhode Island to Vermont, and even Canada, while blazing a …http://bangordailynews.com/link/what-we ... tch-drive/
Posted by: MBR on Tue Oct 4th, 2016 6:26 am
Seahawks fly at Festival of Champions... Leading the boys team, Blake Erhard and Kyle Ames both shattered the 18-minute mark barrier, while setting new personal records. Erhard completed the course in a steamy 17:39 and Ames charged in at 17:50. For perspective, last week at the University of Maine at Augusta, Erhard ran an 18:40 5K and Ames 19:13.Scott reports that Saturday’s finish makes Erhard the sixth fastest cross country runner to don the blue and gold and Ames the second fastest Seahawk junior on record.The front-runners weren’t the only Seahawks churning up the dirt. Freshman Will Perkins almost made it into the freshman boys top ten, finishing 13th at 18:33. Perkins finished a full minute faster than his previous best and posted the fifth fastest Seahawk freshman time on recordhttp://www.boothbayregister.com/article ... ions/76664