Competing against some of the best runners New England had to offer on Saturday, Maine cross country runners had a fine showing at the New England high school championships.
Approximately 10 Maine athletes – six girls and four boys – finished among the top 25 runners, earning them All-New England laurels in North Scituate, Rhode Island.
In addition, the Pine Tree State sent six teams to the Ocean State, with the Greely of Cumberland Center girls (12th) and Falmouth boys (14th) the top finishers among their Maine cousins.
In addition to having 10 runners among the top 25, two Maine runners ran strong enough to finish in the top 10 in their respective races.
Abigail Hamilton of Yarmouth, the Class B individual state champion, earned a ninth-place finish, covering the 5K (3.1-mile) course in 18 minutes, 23.20 seconds.
Maine’s other top 10 finisher was Falmouth senior Jeremiah Sands, who was timed in 15:51.76.
A talented contingent of schoolgirl runners would join Hamilton in earning All-New England honors.
Greely’s Katherine Leggat-Barr and Carolyn Todd would finish 12th and 13th, respectively, while Malaika Pasch of Falmouth was right behind the Rangers’ duo in 14th place.
Mount Desert Island senior Tia Tardy was the top finisher among Northern Maine runners.
Tardy, who led the Trojans to a regional team championship, came in 21st place and clocked in at 18:38.14.
Yarmouth junior Anneka Murrin was the other Maine runner to earn All-New England honors in the girls’ race, finishing 24th.
Orono senior Kassidy Dill capped off an incredible postseason run that featured individual wins in conference, regional and state championship meets with a 51st-place run.
For the boys, Class A state champ Tucker Barber of Mt. Blue of Farmington powered the Northern Maine contingent while earning himself All-New England laurels.
Barber, who led the Cougars to a regional team championship, finished 12th overall.
The other Maine boys to place in the top 25 were Henry Jacques of Freeport (19th) and Jacob Hickey of Winthrop (20th).
Other notable finishes from area athletes included a 35th-place run from George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill’s John Hassett and a 41st-place effort from Hampden Academy’s Paul Casavant.