Phoenix Cross Country @ Maine Festival of Champions & Maine Marathon

This weekend was a unique one for the Hyde cross country team. Due to injury, illness and the always exciting SAT, our team was down to just one racer at the Maine Festival of Champions in Belfast. However, Senior Captain Demeke Geremew ’17 represented Hyde phenomenally, running a new personal best time of 16:39 for 5k (3.1 miles). The leaders opened the race with a sizzling 4:55 first mile, but Demeke ran a more reasonable (though still sizzling) 5:07 opening mile and put himself in good position to move forward as the race progressed. He moved from 40th place at one mile up to as high as 14th by the 2 mile mark. Several other runners had a faster final mile, and Demeke eventually finished 19th out of the 868 competitors in the field, earning himself a medal as the top 20 varsity athletes were recognized during the awards ceremony.

Demeke and his Co-Captain Evan Davis ’17 got up bright and early on Sunday morning to travel down to Portland for the Maine Marathon. Evan ran the full marathon, placing 74th (and 2nd in his age group) with a personal best time of 3:27:32. That’s 26.2 miles in a row at a pace of 7:55 a mile! It was his fastest marathon by 13 minutes, which shows that Evan’s incredible dedication to improve has paid off. Demeke opted to run the half-marathon distance after his hard effort on Saturday. He completed the 13.1 mile race in 1:20:16, which comes out to a mind-boggling 6:08 per mile. Even though it was his debut race at the half-marathon distance and he had raced a 5k the day before, Demeke still finished in 14th place to finish his weekend of running in style.

As coaches, it was inspiring to see two of our athletes compete at such a high level individually. However, it was disappointing to have so few runners able to compete in Saturday’s meet – it was a fun meet with lots of great runners and we were hoping to see Hyde duke it out with the rest of the state. We are excited for the weekends to come; the team’s various maladies and injuries seem to be improving so our upcoming races should feature more athletes than we have had in recent weeks.

Happy running!

Coaches Ellis, Nuffer and Sperzel