2018-11-02 / Sports Spotlight

Red Storm runners surge to a state title

By Sienna Barstow Sports Writer

Scarborough High School’s boys’ cross country team outlegged Bangor for the Class A title on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Belfast. (Courtesy photo) Scarborough High School’s boys’ cross country team outlegged Bangor for the Class A title on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Belfast. (Courtesy photo) BELFAST — The Scarborough boys’ cross country team has a lot to celebrate after capturing the Maine Class A state championship last weekend in Belfast.

“(The race) was impressive, exciting and amazing. They’re good but they work for it. I’m still smiling and pleased about it. It was fun to watch (and) exciting ... boy what a race,” said Scarborough head coach Jim Harmon.

The Red Storm had five runners in the top 25 as they finished with 60 team points, which was 20 points better than second place Bangor.

“Taking home the title by about 20 points, which I think is a decent margin, felt really great,” said senior captain Harrison Osborne.

Senior captain Anthony Gatti agreed with Osborne.

“The state meet was memorable. I got to cheer on the team. See them come to work and finish strong which was amazing,” said Gatti.

Senior captain Brandon L’Heureux believes this is a perfect ending to his high school cross country career.

“Everybody has been pretty healthy this year and it’s been awesome. My freshmen year was the last time we won states so I figure this is a good cap to my last cross country season,” said L’Heureux.

In the individual boys 5,000-meter run, Tristram Coffin placed fourth with a time of 16:06.22. Connor Coffin came home in 12th place at 16:34.61, while Zachary Barry was 16th with a time of 16:44.85 and Erik Lo- Sacco followed closely behind in 18th with a time of 16:47.13.

Harrison placed 23rd with a time of 16:54.18 to help Scarborough secure the team championship.

“These runners are really good. Our top five were in the top 25 of the state meet. It’s hard to get that much talent on one cross country team,” said Harmon. “If you look at the results, you can see the span, our first runner was at a 16:06 and then our fifth runner was still under 17 minutes. They’re all within a minute and our top five under 17 minutes that’s exceptional. To get five runners under 17 doesn’t happen often.”

Harmon was especially impressed with Connor Coffin who had to overcome an injury to compete at states.

“(Connor Coffin) did have an injury, he missed about three weeks of training but he came back just in time for the state meet. The other kids also ran a fantastic race, but he came back and even without three weeks of training, he was still second on our team. He probably made the difference between us winning it and us being second,” said Harmon.

After winning states, the Red Storm are now eligible to compete in the New England Cross Country Championships in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Harmon believes his team will compete in New Englands, but he is already proud of the results this season.

“We’re going to do the best we can just like the states. Four out of our five top runners are back next year so maybe next year we’ll think more about the New Englands ahead of time, but this year I think states was the goal,” Harmon said. “It’s different conditions. A lot of competition, some of the schools are very large so they have more people to draw from.

We’d like to be in the top 10. If we can be in the top 10 at the New Englands that would be an excellent year.”

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