Friday, March 7, 2014
The high school cross country season shifts into championship mode beginning Friday.
The Mountain Valley Conference championships are Friday afternoon at the University of Maine-Augusta.
The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference Class A and B meets are Saturday at Cony.
So, what should we expect this weekend?
• Waterville senior Bethanie Brown made it quite clear her intentions Saturday.
“I’m going for the win,” she said.
Brown should get it, if past performances of this fall are any indicator.
She is coming off a strong showing at the Festival of Champions, in which she set a meet record with a time of 17 minutes, 56.69 seconds.
Brown said her goal Saturday is to break her personal best showing on the Cony course, which is 18:40.
The guess here is that she shatters it.
• The Hall-Dale boys are in a new position at the MVC meet: Title contenders.
"This is different for me,” Hall-Dale coach Chris Poulin said. “I haven’t been in this position. This is a new kind of pressure.”
The Bulldogs finished fifth in the MVC last season, and this year didn’t start out so well either when No. 1 runner Josh Ringer didn’t come out.
However, Ringer changed his mind and returned by Week 4. With the addition of transfer James McAuliffe, Hall-Dale suddenly had high expectations.
“A middle-of-the-road season turned into a frontrunner,” Poulin said.
Boothbay may provide the strongest test for Hall-Dale on Friday.
• The Maranacook boys should contend for the KVAC B title. Coach Rosalea Kimball said the pack time of her top-five runners is about 50 seconds, which sets the Black Bears up nicely on Saturday.
“I think we’re ready to go,” she said. “We’re excited for the end-of-the-season meets.”
Junior Jason Stevenson and Austin Landry are the team’s top two runners.
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine