No matter what uniform she is wearing, Tia Tardy is typically winning races.
That proved to be true once again last weekend as the high school cross country season got underway throughout the weekend.
Tardy, a senior at Mount Desert Island who won the Beach to Beacon 10K’s inaugural high school mile last month, was the individual winner at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference season-opening Ellsworth Invitational, completing the 3-mile course in 19 minutes, 23.48 seconds.
Tardy, a 10-time Maine high school state champion, ran her freshman and sophomore campaigns at Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln before competing at Orono as a junior.
Tardy’s ex-Orono teammates wound up claiming the team title, scoring 64 points, paced by a 2-3 finish from Hannah Steelman and Kassidy Dill.
Caribou finished second among the 10 teams while George Stevens Academy was third, MDI fourth and John Bapst fifth.
Orono went on to complete the sweep in the boys’ competition while GSA senior John Hassett ran away from the field to claim the individual title, clocking an impressive 16:13.20.
Rounding out the top five boys teams were Caribou, John Bapst, Sanford and GSA.
Elsewhere around the state, the Brewer girls won their Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference opener on Friday in a five-team meet at Skowhegan.
The Witches topped Brunswick, Hampden Academy, Waterville and Bangor, while the boys’ team title went to Hampden.
The Broncos were followed by Hampden, Brewer, Bangor and Waterville. Individual winners were HA’s Wyatt Lord and Cecilia Morin of Waterville.
This weekend’s PVC slate includes invitationals in Bucksport and Caribou, while Brewer and Hampden will compete in a multi-team meet in Waterville on Friday with Bangor running in the Casco Bay Relay meet in Bath on Saturday.
McCarthy, Guerrette claim Labor Day race
Monday presented an ideal day for Eastern Maine’s finest runners to complete a 5-mile jaunt around Bangor.
Approximately 142 runners completed the 54th annual Bangor Labor Day road race, with Erik McCarthy of Old Town leading the pack.
McCarthy, 35, completed the challenging course in 26 minutes, 8 seconds, nearly a minute in front of runner-up Matt Homich of Bar Harbor.
Rounding out the top five finishers were Alan Groudle of Lewiston, Andrew Kephart of Ellsworth and Phil LeBreton of Blue Hill.
The women’s race produced a winner familiar to Maine basketball fans in former Black Bear star Tracey Guerrette.
The 35-year-old St. Agatha native completed the race in 31:17, with Ali Chase of Orono finishing second, Kristine Guaraldo of Brewer third, Robin Clarke of Ellsworth fourth and Katherine Collins of Winterport fifth.