Hyde-Phoenix Steps to the Front: Cross Country Review

The Hyde Phoenix Cross Country Team has been busy in these opening weeks of the fall sports season. We narrowly won both invitational cross country meets held in consecutive weeks at Bethel and Hebron.

The overall record of the boys varsity team is currently 6-0. The coaches hosted a team dinner on Friday. On Sunday, September 29th, a few of our athletes travelled to Boothbay to run a charity race, the Boothbay Harbor Fest 5k.  The team has worked hard this week at interval training and speed work.

 

Bethel- Hyde and Gould battle for position at the start of the race held at Pine Hill
Bethel- Hyde and Gould battle for position at the start of the race held at Pine Hill

Bethel- The defending MAISAD champion Hyde Phoenix traveled to Bethel on Saturday September 21st.  It was the first conference cross country meet of the season. The extremely rugged Pine Hill 5k course extended through rough terrain and mountain trails.  Hyde won the meet by a narrow margin of 37-39 over our rival and host school, Gould Academy. Things are already shaping up for what will be a closely contested season between these two schools.  We were able to place 3 runners in the top 6 slots, and 7 in the top 15.

 

Hyde’s Alex Greenberg and Isaac Preston join the front pack.
Hyde’s Alex Greenberg and Isaac Preston join the front pack.

Postgraduate Isaac Preston finished 3rd overall to lead the Phoenix.  Alex Greenburg ’15 finished 5th overall, running most of the race right behind Preston. He was beaten by Kents Hill senior, Stuart Cole, in the last part of the race.  Warsame Mohammed ’14 ran an impressive 6th overall, in his debut.  Gould recruit, junior Henry Smithers, set a new course record and finished a minute in front of the field that included former MAISAD Individual Champion, Hebron’s Makoto Watanabe.  Gould Academy was able to group three consecutive runners, who finished in the back part of the top 10, taking a page out of the Phoenix playbook on pack running.

Race Results:

http://racesplitter.com/races/984F3673C

 

Hebron, Maine- Hyde athletes Wang Xi ’14 and Julie Boutboul ’14 at the start of the race at Hebron on Saturday, September 28th
Hebron, Maine- Hyde athletes Wang Xi ’14 and Julie Boutboul ’14 at the start of the race at Hebron on Saturday, September 28th.

Hyde Runners Shine at the Boothbay Harbor Fest 5k

Boothbay- Hyde runner Alex Greenberg ’15 finished 4th overall in the Boothbay Harbor Fest 5k with a time of 17:55. The race was hosted by HAPA family Win and Lori Mitchell at the Boothbay Resort and Craft Brewery.  Proceeds from the 1st annual race went to the Dempsey Challenge.  “The race went out really fast” said Hyde runner Alex Greenberg.  “I ran a 5:20 split for the first mile”. Greenberg finished 1st in his age group. Also attending the race was teammate Jamie Lynch ’15. The athletes visited with former teammate and star runner Cody Mitchell ’13, who captained last years’ championship team at Hyde. “I got a chance to hang around some serious runners.  I learned a lot just by talking with them about their training” said Lynch.

Coach Rowe

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Boothbay-Alumni Cody Mitchell left and HAPA parent Win Mitchell.
Boothbay-Alumni Cody Mitchell left and HAPA parent Win Mitchell.