Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Latest Posts Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at [email protected] Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio BELFAST — Maintaining speed while battling other competitors for space is a difficult task for cross-country runners in any race. The annual Festival of Champions is a completely different beast.Held annually on the last Saturday in September, the Festival of Champions brings well over 1,000 runners to Belfast’s Troy Howard Middle School. After competing in meets that are rarely more than one-tenth that size early in the season, coaches and athletes must prepare differently.“We do simulations [of that larger field of runners] in practice by starting workouts and sets fast and learning to acclimate,” MDI head coach Desiree Sirois said. “We do race preparations, and we work with each group in each race to advance positioning in those first 400 meters.”Over the weekend, runners from local high schools and others throughout New England and Atlantic Canada put their strategies to the test at this year’s edition of the event. A total of 1,461 runners came to Midcoast Maine to compete in one of Maine’s most renowned — and congested — cross-country events.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“You want to get out to a fast start, but every other runner in that field is trying to get out to a fast start as well,” Ellsworth head coach Louie Luchini said. “In Festival, it’s really hard to work your way toward the head of the pack if you fall behind. That definitely adds another dimension to it.”A pair of Ellsworth juniors finished as the top local athletes in both the boys’ and girls’ races. Matt Shea placed 53rd of 850 runners for the Eagles on the boys’ side with a time of 17 minutes, 35.91 seconds, and Caitlin MacPherson finished in 20:26.08 for the girls to place 31st in a 611-runner field.After MacPherson, sophomore Abby Mazgaj was the next finisher for the 18th-place Ellsworth girls with a time of 21:07.62. Miriam Nelson placed 153rd to become the team’s third runner to cross the finish line and was followed by Trinity Montigny, who placed 215th in her return to sports after suffering a leg injury last spring.“Trinity was our top girl last year but had to come back from injury,” Luchini said. “She did a road race a few weeks ago to kind of knock some of the rust off. For this race, I just told her to take it easy and jog it.”For the Ellsworth boys, Nick Cormier and Calvin Nelson finished 101st and 106th, respectively. Cormier posted a time of 18:06.27, and Nelson finished in 18:08.65 as the Eagles placed 20th in the 64-team field.“Calvin and Nick had amazing races,” Luchini said. “They almost broke 18 minutes, which has been a huge barrier for them and something they’ve been trying really hard all season to do.”Elsewhere, Bucksport had the top local finishers in both unseeded races with Christian Winslow coming in 31st in Section A and David Hileman placing 23rd in Section B. Winslow posted a time of 21:29.88, and Hileman finished in 19:25.06.Elsewhere, Luke Barnes of Sumner and Caden Mattson of George Stevens Academy placed 93rd and 96th overall with times of 18:03.14 and 18:04.93, respectively. Olivia Johnson (69th), Katelyn Osborne (74th) and Rachelle Swanson (96th) all placed in the top 100 for the MDI girls, who finished 11th of 58.Below is a list of the top-five Hancock County finishers from each race as well as a list of the top-five overall finishers locally and all team scores.Boys’ competition, overall finishers53. Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 17 minutes, 35.91 seconds93. Luke Barnes, Sumner, 18:03.1496. Caden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 18:04.93101. Nick Cormier, Ellsworth, 18:06.27106. Calvin Nelson, Ellsworth, 18:08.65Boys’ race, Section A unseeded31. Christian Winslow, Bucksport, 21:29.8832. Reilly Linkel, Mount Desert Island, 21:31.5747. Benton Bird, Ellsworth, 21:59.9053. Bailey Bishoff, Ellsworth, 22:07.4169. Benjamin Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 22:25.63Boys’ race, Section B unseeded23. David Hileman, Bucksport, 19:25.0665. Harley Brown, MDI, 19:59.3274. Mason Soares, MDI, 20:04.11127. Oliver Wilson, GSA, 20:36.96147. Sean Schweizer, GSA, 20:51.49Boys’ race, freshmen14. Clark Morrison, GSA, 18:32.5923. Jacob Benson, MDI, 18:56.3865. Henry Penfold, DI-S, 20:16.32101. Alex DeWitt, Ellsworth, 21:31.64112. Aaron Lynch, Ellsworth, 21:50.51Boys’ race, seeded48. Shea, Ellsworth, 17:35.9184. Barnes, Sumner, 18:03.1487. Mattson, GSA, 18:04.9390. Cormier, Ellsworth, 18:06.2795. Nelson, Ellsworth, 18:08.65Boys’ team scores20. Ellsworth, 69222. MDI, 72233. GSA, 96960. Bucksport, 1,760Girls’ competition, overall finishers31. Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 20:26.0860. Abby Mazgaj, Ellsworth, 21:07.6269. Olivia Johnson, MDI, 21:25.6274. Katelyn Osborne, MDI, 21:38.2096. Rachelle Swanson, MDI, 21:59.48Girls’ race, unseeded14. Cassidy Hanscom, MDI, 23:28.4423. Julia Perconti, MDI, 23:46.7348. Sofie Dowling, MDI, 24:31.7456. Sarah MacDonald, MDI, 24:44.07111. Ariel Larrabee, DI-S, 25:48.73Girls’ race, freshmen23. Grace Munger, MDI, 22:07.6732. Lanny Zentz, GSA, 22:55.2150. Azaria Long, MDI, 23:59.6359. Rachael Hastey, Sumner, 24:42.0791. Lexi Simard, MDI, 26:27.35Girls’ race, seeded24. MacPherson, Ellsworth, 20:26.0849. Mazgaj, Ellsworth, 21:07.6255. Johnson, MDI, 21:25.6258. Osborne, MDI, 21:38.2077. Swanson, MDI, 21:59.48Girls’ team scores11. MDI, 43718. Ellsworth, 53735. GSA, 1,017 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020
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