Pack running leads to history for George Stevens girls, Orono boys

Southern Maine teams may have dominated Saturday’s cross country state championships in Belfast, but two local Class C schools left the Midcoast with long-awaited cross country hardware. Entering Saturday’s meet, the Orono boys hadn’t won a state crown since Gerald Ford was President (1975), while the George Stevens Academy girls had yet to raise a […]

MPA made right decision in postponing cross country meets

When it comes to cross country, weather conditions can occasionally play a factor in a race. Early in the season, Maine’s high school runners typically contend with late-summer warmth. But when the calendar flips to October, Maine’s weather is just as unpredictable as a 5-kilometer race. In frequent cases, you’re likely to see mud, and […]

Conference cross country champs run down momentum heading into regionals

In any sport – cross country included – generating momentum is a vital part to postseason success. As the three-week postseason kicked off over the weekend with conference championship action throughout the state, the Mount Desert Island, Orono, Brunswick and Maranacook girls and  Mt. Blue, Lincoln Academy, Caribou and Orono boys have established some early […]

UMaine senior Orach fourth at New England Cross Country championships

Postseason meets kicked off for the University of Maine cross country teams over the weekend, as coach Mark Lech’s teams participated in the New England championships in Boston on Saturday. Black Bears’ senior Jesse Orach continued his torrid senior year in leading UMaine to a top-five finish against a field of New England’s top runners. […]

What we learned from the Festival of Champions: Tia Tardy, Luke Laverdiere primed for strong stretch drive

Every year, the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions, the state’s largest cross country invitational run annually at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, serves two purposes. For one, it provides Maine teams to compete against out-of-state schools from Rhode Island to Vermont, and even Canada, while blazing a trail on the same 3.1-mile […]

UMaine men, New Hampshire women victorious at cross country meet

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine men and University of New Hampshire women used a common denominator in their victories in an America East dual cross-country meet Friday afternoon. Pack power. Led by senior Jesse Orach’s first-place finish and four other Black Bears finishing in the top six, coach Mark Lech’s club was easily […]