The Yarmouth High School cross country team traveled to their first meet on the St. Dominic Academy course in Auburn on Friday where the girls and boys teams pushed through illnesses and claimed first and second place, respectively.
The girls won by only one point over York High School, whom Yarmouth coach, Sarah Carrigan, says is their biggest competitor. Carrigan calls the victory “too close for comfort.”
Yarmouth was led by junior Maddie Marston, who placed second overall, and was followed by junior Mary Psyhogeos (fifth overall), senior Sadie Cowles (seventh overall), junior Addison Hounchell (eleventh overall), and junior Anna Thornton (twelfth overall).
The boys, meanwhile, were bested by York but claimed victory over Lake Region, Poland, St. Dominic Academy, and North Yarmouth Academy.
Senior Odeh Rizkallah was first for the Yarmouth boys and fourteenth overall. Close behind was senior Anders Corey (nineteenth overall), senior Dan LaMourie (twentieth overall), junior Colin Senger (twenty-second overall), and senior Connor Tull (twenty-ninth overall).
This was Yarmouth’s first time running on the St. Dom’s course, which is known for its many loops around athletic fields and one large hill called ‘Mt. Agony’ that runners twice encounter.
Marston found the course to be “very confusing,” though admits that this could because Yarmouth did not do a course walk. Carrigan, meanwhile, agrees that “the Agony hill was a nice touch but running around fields is pretty boring.”
When asked about the results of the meet, Carrigan admits that the team “could have done better” because “full effort was not given by all.” Carrigan conattributes the lack of effort to peculiarities of the school day, including a club fair and climate strike, and a cold that had affected many team members.
“I think they mentally gave up before they got there,” said Carrigan. “When you’re sick, it’s definitely no fun to run but you can definitely still do it.”
With more than seventy runners, Yarmouth is the largest team in the state. In regards to the size, Carrigan said that they are “full of energy” with “a lot of potential and good team culture.”
The team does a great job of “inspiring each other and pushing each other at practices,” said Carrigan. Indeed, Marston confirmed that Yarmouth was well-prepared for Mt. Agony and the rest of the race because of their weekly hill workouts and intervals.
-Mary Psyhogeos, Junior