Hot start for cross country runners

HOULTON, Maine — Cross Country runners from Fort Kent and the Limestone/Maine School of Science and Mathematics joined the Houlton-Greater Houlton Christian Academy for an unseasonably warm race Tuesday afternoon.

With temperatures in the mid-80s and high humidity, it was not ideal conditions for running, but that did not stop the athletes from putting on impressive displays.

HOULTON, Maine — August 30, 2022 — Lily Oliver of Fort Kent runs through a woodsy part of the course in Houlton Tuesday in the first cross country meet of the season. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

“We had a wonderful day today hosting the first meet of the Aroostook League schedule,” Houlton coach Chris Rines said. “Although it was quite hot, all the runners did amazing and our Houlton/GHCA athletes did quite well.”

The Shire girls were uncontested on the day, as Fort Kent did not have enough runners to score as a team. MSSM did not have any female runners at Tuesday’s race. 

On the boys side, MSSM edged the Shires by two points to win the meet with a score of 27. Houlton-GHCA was second with 29 points. Fort Kent did not have enough boys for team scoring.

Shire Teanne Ewings was the overall female finisher, completing the course in 21 minutes, 24.49 seconds. Limestone/MSSM’s Griffin Duigan was the top male finisher with a time of 20:12.77.

HOULTON, Maine — August 30, 2022 — Griffin Duigan (right) of Limestone/MSSM makes a final push past Fort Kent’s Alden Reardon to win the first Aroostook League boys cross country event held in Houlton Tuesday afternoon. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

The remaining girls results were: 2, Leanne Ross, Hou, 25:13.00; 3, Rowan Tanguay, FK, 25:19.68; 4, McKenna Phillips, Hou, 26:25.46; 5, Annabelle Reardon, FK, 26:43.79; 6, Andrea Ross, Hou, 27:38.14; 7, Lily Oliver, FK, 28:04.46; 8, Victoria Ervin, Hou, 28:59.85;  9, Mira Kelly, FK, 29:34.02; 10, Charlotte Hanscom, Hou, 32:45.35; 11, Amelia Drake, Hou, 32:51.19; 12, Danlen Espenscheid, Hou, 33:09.46; and 13, Stephanie Tuttle, Hou, 36:00.45.

The remaining boys results were: 2, Alden Reardon, FK, 20:13.26; 3, James Brady, Hou, 20:33.57; 4, Jack Philbrook, Hou, 21:55.42; 5, Jaymes Weaver, FK, 22:56.72; 6, Morris McCall, MSSM, 23:45.88; 7, Colton Simoes, Hou, 23:50.66; 8, Brain Evans, MSSM, 23:55.95; 9, Jack Tetreault, MSSM, 25:12.42; 10, Philip Espenscheid, Hou, 25:51.41; 11, Ben Uhlenhaki, MSSM, 26:32.90; 12, Makai Moody-Broen, MSSM, 28:03.95; 13, Kristian Kellerhals, Hou, 32:19.54; 11, Samuel Griffin, MSSM, 32:49.52; 15, Gabriel Austin, MSSM, 34:23.57; 16, Gavin Albert, FK, 35:11.79; and 17, Ethan Casale, Hou, 50:34.92.

HOULTON, Maine — August 30, 2022 — Houlton’s Andrea Ross (right) stays ahead of Fort Kent’s Annabelle Reardon during Tuesday’s first cross country meet of the season in Houlton. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

HOULTON, Maine — August 30, 2022 — Heading out on the course behind Houlton Middle-High School are boys runners from Houlton/GHCA, Limestone/MSSM and Fort Kent during Tuesday’s cross country meet. (Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times)

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