In the girls race, Fiona A went out with the lead pack, moving up several spots in the last mile and passing a Cape runner in the last 200 yards to claim third place overall. She improved her course time by almost two minutes. She was (unsurprisingly) followed by another Ahearne, with Louise also cutting over a minute over her course best. Sophia ran another great race, gradually passing competitors and flying through the last quarter mile. Fiona L also exhibited a strong finishing kick, using the competition to her advantage in the final mile. In a first for the year, Salome rounded out the scorers as the fifth place Maine Coast runner, ending her race with a very aggressive charge to the finish. Sylvia was not far behind her usual racing partner, running her fastest pace of the season. Both Salome and Sylvia earned themselves varsity spots at next week's WMC meet. Phoebe also turned in a excellent effort, running her fasted-paced race ever and running a very strong second half. It was the same with Chloe, who not only improved over last week, but also brought her Cape course time down by over a minute and a half- and she still had enough energy left for a kick. Quinn managed to pass several competitors in the second half of the race, turning in a solid effort. The girls finished third, behind Cape and Falmouth and ahead of Gray New Gloucester and Poland.
On the boys side, Tucker got a little jumpy right before the gun went off (see below for photographic evidence), but soon settled in right behind the leader. Challenged in the final mile, he was able to hang on for a fifth place finish. Eli was next for Maine Coast, running hard to finish with his fastest pace ever. After a disappointing run last week, Calvin rebounded nicely, working his way up throughout the race and (in a theme for the day) finishing with his fastest-pace run of the year. Despite a cold, Thomas still managed a solid effort, running strong throughout all three miles. Finn rounded out the scoring five for the day, battling his teammate Nash and a Cape runner down the home stretch. Although he was edged at the line, Nash hung on valiantly, and both benefited from excellent teamwork during the race. The boys finished fourth, behind Falmouth, Cape and GNG, and ahead of Poland.