Or make that RACE! Today was an incredibly sodden day for the Maine High School Eastern Regional Cross Country Championships, held at Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast, Maine. It might just as well have been called Mudfest 2012! When driving home from dropping Eli off at the bus this morning, it was raining so hard that even though I had my wiper on “whip”, I could barely see. The road surface was not visible…the rain was coming down so hard it was bouncing up and the top of the road was a gray haze. That meant MUD! But the kids were AMAZING! The Girls Team WON Class B Eastern Regionals and for the first time in memory the Boys Team qualified for States! The top 8 of 15 teams get in, and the boys placed 6th! Awesome job!
From the boys team, Junior Ben Trapani put in an amazing run coming in second in Class B! Eli Smith and best friend since first grade Ben Winchenbach both turned in amazing times–if the boys team had not qualified as a team, they each would have qualified for States by placing in the top 30: Eli was 19th and Ben 26th!!!! As FRESHMEN?!!!!!! The rest of the boys also exceeded their previous bests for a combined performance that earned the entire team a trip to the State Championships for the first time in memory…. at least 7 or more years since a Camden Boys team has qualified. WELL DONE, gentlemen!
The Girls Team has been a local powerhouse for quite some time, and thrillingly, they won with Brittany Bowman coming in third in the Class B girls, and with three of the girls in the top ten, six in the top thirty. That’s why they won!
And last and best, teenagers being teenagers!
And I am happy to report, as soon as Eli got home he went out to the hose, in the rain, to hose down his running spikes, then came in and peeled off all the grimy muddy muck into the washing machine and himself into the shower. What a wonderful day! And yes, I am REALLY GLAD I wore my Bogs boots…rubber up past the ankles!