Cognata Leads Winthrop Boys to Championship
Winthrop senior James Cognata led the Rambler boys to the 2022 MVC Cross Country Championship at the University of Maine Augusta. Cognata, who was named boys runner of the year, was first across the finish line with a time of 18:14. Teammate Christopher Pottle came in 3rd with a time of 18:45. Jonathan Wagner was 8th, finishing in 19:54 while Bennet Ross was 11th with a 20:19 time. Rounding out the scoring for the Ramblers was Eben Michaud, who came in 28th with a time of 22:11 to give Winthrop their winning score of 44 points.
The team representing Boothbay/Wiscasset came in second with a score of 58 points. Junior Bryan Gagnon was their top finisher, coming in 7th with a time of 19:45. The team had great balance, with Payton Glagdon (13th), Gryffin Krista (14th), Rodi Mayne (17th), and Ryan Clark (18th) all scoring.
Third place in the team competition went to Richmond High School with 79 points with Ben Fournier leading th way with a time of 19:35, good for 6th place. Max Viselli (9th) and Gavin Grover (21st) were other top finishers for the Bobcats.
Mt. Abram's Jeff Warnock came in second place, finishing in 18:23. Also finishing in the top 5 were Abrahm Geissinger of Spurce Mountain, who finished 4th with a time of 18:46 and Monmouth Academy's Brosnan Comeau, who came in 5th with a time of 19:20.
Ed Van Tassel of Winthrop was named the Boys Coach of the Year.
Boothbay/Wiscasset Depth Prevails
The superior depth of the Boothbay/Wiscasset girls team prevailed in the girls 2022 MVC Championship. Their top finisher, Sophomore Lauren Chapman, came in 8th place with a time of 24:08. Right behind her were teammates Julia Truesdall (9th), Emily Gilliam (10th) and Maddie Orchard (12th). Their final team score was 42.
Dirigo finished in second place with 54 points.Their top finisher was Brooke Buotte with a 23:48 5th place finish. Ella Cote (13th), Abbey Therriault (14th) and Sophia Archer (15th) all scored for the Cougars.
Richmond came in third with 59 points. Leading the way for the Bobcats were Breonna Dufresne who came in 6th with a time of 23:55. Other scorers were Isabelle Stewart (18th), Nicole Lobdel (19th), and Lila Viselli (22).
Top individual performances were also accomplished by Madison High School's Peyton Estes (2nd) and Bryanna Hogapian (3rd) as well as Monmouth's Allyson Lewis, who came in 4th.
Haley Williams of Winthrop with the girls Runner of the Year.
Gunner Bradbury of Dirigo and Lee Harper of Madison were co-Girls Coach of the Year.