Bath: Sports Review: Cross Country

Hyde Phoenix Take Flight: The Winning Ways Continue on Alumni Weekend!

Hyde Cross Country Competing

(Bath, Maine-Isaac Preston ’12 and Cody Mitchell ‘12 challenged Hebron’s Makoto)

Hyde Phoenix, the defending MAISAD Cross Country Champions, continued in their winning ways as they dominated Prep School competition defeating Hebron Academy, Kents Hill, and Seacoast on the 2.9 mile course, Saturday September 28th in overcast and wet conditions. Led by Senior Isaac Preston’12, the Phoenix placed 3 runners: Preston-2nd (16:14), Mitchell-5th (16:55), and Rowe-6th (17:16) in the top 6 positions and 5 in the top 10 slots to defeat the attending MAISAD Schools. Rowe’13 and Wang’12 looked strong as they chased team captain Cody Mitchell ‘12, finishing within acorn-throwing distance from him.

Hyde Cross Country Competing

(Bath, Maine- Talin Rowe ’13 and Austin Wang ’12, two of the “Mongoose Mambas”)

Preston and Mitchell battled Hebron’s Makoto Watanabe through the first half of the race. Watanabe (15:46) pulled away from the field at the mile and half mark, to finish first. Richard Liu’13 (18:24) and Brian Edwards ’13 (18:28) continued to improve as they ran the fastest times of their career. Sophomore Ross Ji ’14, had a PR with a time of 20:15.

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Hyde at Maine Marathon

Hyde Cross Country at the Portland Marathon

(Portland, Maine- Sam Williams ’12, Talin Rowe ’13, and Heidi Randall at the starting line)

The Maine Marathon has the reputation as being one of the most prestigious running events in the state. In what has become a recent tradition, the Hyde Phoenix entered participants in a field that included over 100 relay teams. Over 3,900 competitors attend the event in the marathon, half-marathon, and relay.

Rising in the early hours of Sunday morning, on September 30th, hours after they had dominated the field in a home cross country meet, Hyde traveled to Portland to participate in the premier competition. Runners from the Boys’ varsity cross country teamed up with some of the members of the girls’ soccer team, along with faculty members, to run relay legs of the 26 mile course in the pouring autumn rain. “The Maine Marathon is Maine’s most outstanding athletic event. Race Director Howard Spear and his volunteers do an incredible job each year” said Hyde Coach Peter E. Rowe. Isaiah Mokeme added, “What I liked about running the Marathon was that I realized that I was in the company of some of the best runners. It felt good going against them.”

Hyde XC at Community Service

Hyde Cross Country team helps out at Food Bank

(Bath, ME- Hyde Cross Country with Food Bank organizer, Kimberly Gates)

Starting off the week with enthusiasm at the Maine Marathon, the cross-country team continued to stay involved in the community and volunteered at the Bath Mobile Food Truck on Tuesday October 2nd. The team helped unload and shelve donated food items. Food Bank organizer, Kimberly Gates, was particularly impressed by the diligent spirit of the Hyde Phoenix. Upon being asked of the experience, Captain Cody Mitchell responded, “It was very rewarding. We, as a team, work hard both on and off the trail.”

With its winning streak, the team looks forward to its next meet this Saturday at Hebron Academy.