Phoenix Cross Country @ Maine Marathon, Kents Hill Win

Win for XC at Kents Hill!

On Saturday October 5th, the Phoenix journeyed to Kents Hill School against MAISAD cross-country teams. Hyde came in first with a team score of 32, followed by Seacoast with 41 points and Hebron 58.

Isaac Preston came in first for Hyde and third overall with a time of 19:19 after Isaac LaCroix from Seacoast and Makoto Watanabe from Hebron Academy. Within 3 seconds from Preston, Alex Greenberg ’14 finished second for Hyde and fifth overall. For the first time this season, Hyde’s pack running is back! Led by Jamie Lynch ’14 (7th overall- 21:07), Hyde athletes Warsame Mohamed ’13(8th– 21:16), Griffin Palola ’13 (9th– 21:19), and Richard Liu ’13 (10th-21:23) crossed the finish line within 16 seconds.

For Future Varsity, captain Zach Brandeis ’13 placed 19th overall at 24:09, closely followed by Andrew Palermo ’15 four seconds later. Ever improving Ross Ji ’14 (13th-22:50) had his personal best and improved 27 seconds from last week.

For the girls cross-country team, Wang Xi ’13 ran a 25:35 race and placed 6th among 25 runners. Julie Boutboul ’13 finished with a time of 34:42.

Special thanks to Steve Greenberg, who flew in from Illinois, and Wendi Brandeis for coming out and supporting the phoenix in this past meet. Our next meet will be at Kents Hill again this Saturday. Go Phoenix!

Hyde Phoenix at Maine Marathon

Portland, Maine- The start of the Maine Marathon.
Portland, Maine- The start of the Maine Marathon.

On Sunday October 6th, a day after their victory on the cross country trails, members of the Hyde Phoenix Cross Country Team joined coaches and faculty to compete in the Maine Marathon Relay.The ever scenic 26 mile course began in the back bay of Portland, Maine and stretched out to the city of Falmouth and back.  Each team was composed of 4 runners. Relay legs varied from 5.7 miles to 8.8 miles.

Isaac Preston and Griffin Palola helped their relay teams place 2nd and 3rd overall.
Isaac Preston and Griffin Palola helped their relay teams place 2nd and 3rd overall.

“This is Maine’s premier running event” said Coach Rowe.  “It was exciting to see our kids participate in an event that has so many great runners. It is a unique experience.”  Hyde was able to place teams in 2nd and 3rd overall, out of 80 relay teams.  “I’ve been a competitive runner for 10 years now and it’s great to see the kids respond with such fire and drive as seasoned competitors” added Jon Mellinger, Director of Athletics.  I was really proud to see everyone represent the school and themselves in the manner that they did.”

 

The female relay team consisting of Wang Xi, Coach Liu, Emily Atwood, Liz Atwood finished 15th overall.
The female relay team consisting of Wang Xi, Coach Liu, Emily Atwood, Liz Atwood finished 15th overall.

The Phoenix were caught off guard by the large turn-out of spectators and well wishers, who lined the course cheering as the athletes they ran by.  “Everyone is so positive” said Griffin Palola.  “They just yell and scream and offer you support”.

Coach Liu