The York High School cross country teams hosted their first regular season meet last Friday. Falmouth won both the boys and girls races, while the Wildcats placed second in both.
Falmouth won the boys race with 22 points, while York had 37. Falmouth won the girls race with 23 points, beating York by nine points. Wells and Traip participated but did not field a team score.
Athletes perspired during their walk to the starting line with temperatures reading 90 degrees at the late afternoon start. The smart runners hydrated that morning and continued throughout the school day. Even so, it was a dusty and arid 2.9-mile race around the York campus.
Michaela Swiatek (third), Molly Carl (fifth), Glenn Swanson (seventh), Reahya Goyetche (eighth) and Monique Boutin (ninth) combined for the 32 points for the York girls.
In the boys' race, sophomore Alex Moser repeated as York's top runner with a sixth place finish. Sophomores Tristan Palhof (eighth) and Dan Herbein (ninth) broke up Falmouth's third and fourth men 40 seconds later,
Nat Freeman (14) cracked the top five for York for the first time. The senior captain is 32 seconds faster than last year on the same course. Co-captain Ryan Means was 17th and maintained an 87-second pack time for York's top five. Josh Herbein (19), Brian Farrell (20) and Jason Roy (21) battled the last 20 yards and finished within two seconds of each other.
Mike LaPointe (23), Mat Maertens (26), Luke Graziano (28), Silas Freeman (29), Jim Kennedy (30), Jack Carley (31), Dom Ferrande (36), Tim Gelinas (38), Chance Greenier (41), Pete Betts (49), Taran Armstrong (50), Chris LeBlanc (51), Mike Piazza (52), Shawn Nuttall (54), Stu Mason (55), Dave Canatta (57), Craig Lane (58), Connor Brown (59), Alex Zotos (62), Quinn Parulis (63), Zach Hallowell (64), Wes Miller (65), Mike Horigan (67), Hayden Brown (68), Dave Deperrio (69), Keegan Carr (70), and Tom Warnquist (72) all competed.
Conference teams are fighting to get a York meet on their schedule. Following the race, the three visiting teams joined the Wildcats in a cool down run and swim at Long Sands Beach. When they returned, York parents provided sandwiches, fruit, vegetables, drinks and desserts for all four teams.
After York's postrace festivities, the team raced to the new 800 seat bleachers to cheer on the girls' soccer team's 7-0 victory over Wells.
This week, the boys (2-1) and girls (2-1) compete against Freeport, Poland, and Wayneflete. The meet takes place at Pineland Park in Gray. Results and information can be found on the youth pages of www.sub5.com.
Ted Hutch is a coach with the York High School cross country teams. He can be reached at email@example.com.