The Packet Sports Spotlight
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, November 21, 2013
GSA Eagles cross country runners named to All-Conference
John Hassett of George Stevens Academy is the fastest freshman cross country high school runner in the state.
by Anne Berleant
George Stevens Academy cross country runners capped a stellar season by their top runners being named to the Penobscot Valley Conference All-Conference teams.
The post-season awards went to sophomores Hanna Gutow and Rachel Desfosses, for the girls small school first team, and freshmen Bella Cimeno and Emma Larson-Whittaker for the second team. On the boys side, freshman John Hassett and sophomores Oliver Broughton and Devlin Valle made the boys small school first team, with junior Tate Yoder named to the second team.
Eagles runners found themselves in good company: of the seven athletes named to each top team, runners from Orono’s state Class C champion team filled the remaining roster but for one spot. The Eagles boys finished second in the states; the girls third.
Eagles Jiajun “Johnson” Chen, Henry Bowden and Jiangqiong “Joan” Liu were named to the Senior All-Academic team.
Hassett, who finished with a 17:24.16 time at the states, posted the fastest time of all freshmen, regardless of Class, achieving a fifth-place finish overall.