Of the 75 boys’ groups represented on the Competition of Champions cross nation meet in Belfast, solely 14 got here from out of state to compete. However these 14 positively made noise on Saturday.
Out-of-state groups put up 5 of the highest ten particular person occasions, together with Bishop Guertin (Nashua, New Hampshire) junior Matthew Giardina, who got here in first at a blistering 15:27.2.
It was a come-from-behind victory for Giardina, who was trailing Noble senior Maddox Jordan for many of the race.
“It was a enjoyable course to run, with loads of actually tight turns,” Giardina stated. “Total it was in fairly good condition, wasn’t too muddy.”
Giardina completed tenth finally 12 months’s New England Championships in Rhode Island, which might be held at Troy Howard Center Faculty in Belfast this 12 months.
Jordan ended up ending second with a time of 15:30.5. Portland senior Nathan Blades was the subsequent finest Maine finisher, coming in fifth with a time of 15:43.5.
Out-of-state groups additionally flexed their depth on Saturday, recording three of the seven lowest crew scores this 12 months. Scores are decided by summing collectively the highest 5 particular person placements of each crew.
E.O. Smith Excessive Faculty of Mansfield, Connecticut received gold (95 factors scored), with senior Jack Mattingly inserting third individually, and 4 different Panthers ending within the high 35.
Rounding out the highest 5 have been Portland (184), Bedford (New Hampshire; 258 factors), Scarborough (275) and Freeport (294).
Hampden Academy was northern Maine’s finest crew, ending in tenth, with 362 factors. Hampden senior Harrison Shain completed seventeenth general with a time of 16:21.7, setting a 13-second private document within the course of.