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Hassett leads GSA to first XC state title in 22 years

first_imgCUMBERLAND — The George Stevens Academy boys’ cross-country team didn’t know who had won the Class C state title until the awards ceremony on Saturday at Twin Brook Peak Recreation Area.With Orono having edged GSA in both the Penobscot Valley Conference and Northern Maine championships, GSA coach Erich Reed said his Eagle boys were “quietly thrilled” to learn they had won their first state championship since 1993.“They were really determined, and they ran the whole race with some really good intensity,” Reed said. “Maybe there was some luck involved, too.”The Eagles, who have been fortunate with avoiding injuries this season, won with 60 points. Orono — which had beat GSA by three points for the regional title — took second with 71, and Lisbon finished third with 120.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA junior John Hassett finished the hilly 5-kilometer course first among the Class C boys in 16 minutes and 46.18 seconds.“John is definitely remarkably talented and beyond focused,” Reed said. “He has been setting good goals and, for the most part, reaching them.”Reed said Hassett’s focus has remained set on the New England championship, which he and the rest of the Eagle boys will compete in on Nov. 14 in Thetford, Vt. Hassett will also compete in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional on Nov. 28 in Bronx, N.Y.“John had a very strong race,” Reed said. “He’s definitely really excited about winning the title.”With Hassett leading the pack all season, Reed credits the other four of his top five finishers with finally closing the gap on Orono: Ollie Dillon (seventh in 17:39.84), Will Entwisle (10th in 17:45.85), Aylen Wolf (23rd in 18:19.24) and Devlin Valle (26th in 18:26.89).“Both Ollie Dillon and Will Entwisle ran their strongest races of the year,” Reed said. “Basically, Aylen Wolf and Devlin Valle have been getting faster and faster towards the end of the season.”After the meet, the Eagles returned to Blue Hill where 10 local fire trucks escorted them around town in celebration of their first state title in 22 years.Girls’ resultsThe trio of GSA sophomore girls — Eliza Broughton (fifth in 20:45.49), Zeya Lorio (seventh in 21:02.63) and Mary Richardson (10th in 21:11.10) — all placed among the top 10 Class C finishers.The Eagles finished second with 51 points, behind Orono’s 24. Waynflete took third with 104.“The state meet was one of their best performances,” Reed said of the GSA girls. “They really had a terrific season.”Orono juniors Tia Tardy (19:43.81), Hannah Steelman (19:59.24) and Kassidy Dill (20:17.34) placed first, second and third.Other top GSA finishers included senior Hanna Gutow (16th in 22:09.60) and freshman Tess Williamson (25th in 22:35.83).Reed said Gutow has been a leader on his young team, and he expects the Eagles to grow even more competitive with Orono over the next few years.“Orono is just remarkable,” Reed said. “It has been really positive having competition that is so strong.”Other Hancock County finishers are listed below:Class B boysMDI: Peter Philbrook (38th in 18:31.68); Nick Reznick (77th in 19:28.97); Sean Murray (78th in 19:29.18); Josh Bloom (89th in 20:06.11); Matthew Lambert (96th in 20:33.53); Chase McGee (105th in 21:15.33); and Matthew Perconti (106th in 21:15.74).Ellsworth: Matthew Frost (67th in 19:11.00).Class B girlsMDI: Emma Strong (23rd in 21:27.17); Emily Banks (50th in 22:29.27); Olivia Watson (63rd in 23:00.87); Xingyao Chen (66th in 23:03.85); Erin White (84th in 23:46.96); Abby Moon of MDI (94th in 25:20.40); and Allison Gray (95th in 25:22.89).Class C boysDeer Isle-Stonington: Brendan Penfold (19th in 18:11.62).Bucksport: Skyler Fraga (34th in 19:08.71) and Daniel Gonczy (51st in 19:43.93).GSA: Oliver Broughton (48th in 19:28.96) and Frank Schweizer (64th in 20:08.67).Class C girlsBucksport: Natasha Clement (23rd in 22:28.27).GSA: Rachel DesFosses (36th in 23:00.39) and Bella Cimeno (44th in 23:27.24). Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. Bio Latest Posts Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016center_img Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more