Houlton/GHCA girls place third at PVC championship

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BREWER, Maine — The Houlton/GHCA girls showcased incredible performances as they competed in the PVC Small School championship at the Brewer Community School on Saturday, May 27. Despite having only six athletes that qualified for the championships, their collective efforts earned them a remarkable total of 62 points and secured an impressive third place in the team standings.

Tori Ervin ran just 2 hundredths off her personal best time and made her first finals at a championship meet, not bad for the freshman speedster.
(Contributed photo)

Out of the 16 teams participating in the girls’ championship, a notable 13 teams managed to score. Bucksport would win the team title with 164 followed by 2. Orono 131, 3. Houlton/GHCA 62, 4. George Stevens 50, 5. Bangor Christian 37, 6. Piscataquis 35, 7. Sumner 30, 8. Central 27, 9. Washington Academy 17, T10. Foxcroft Academy and Mattanawcook Academy 12 12. Penquis 10, 13. Narraguagus 2.

James Brady chases down the lead pack in the opening lap of the boys 1,600, his effort would grant him a new PR by about 2 seconds. (Contributed photo)

Competing for the boys were James Brady and Landon Lafferiere, both of whom were able to run to top 10 performances in each of their events but were unable to grab any coveted scoring positions.  Fifteen boys teams were able to score at the meet including 1. Orono 178, 2. George Stevens 67, 3. Foxcroft Academy 62, 4. Bucksport 60, 5. Washington Academy 55.5, 6. Sumner 48, 7. Central 43, 8. Lee Academy 23, 9. Bangor Christian 14, T-10. Dexter and Greenville 10, 12. Narraguagus 7.5, 13. Blue Hill 4, 14. Penquis Valley 2, 15. Mattanawcook Academy 1.

“Our kids displayed an awe-inspiring level of determination and resilience, even in the face of the hottest temperatures we have seen this year. Their ability to maintain focus and deliver outstanding performances in such challenging conditions is a testament to their unwavering dedication and mental strength,” said Houlton/GHCA assistant William Janakis.

Scoring for the girls was Ariana Ardell with a pair of new personal best times in the 100 (6) and 200 (4), Natalie Johnson with her efforts in the 1,600 (3), 800 (4), and 3,200 (4), Leanne Ross’ fifth-place run in the 1,600, Andrea Ross with her new PR in the high jump (3) as well as the 3,200, and Teanne Ewings with her PVC Championship run in the girls 800 as well as a pair of PVC runner up positions in the girls 1,600 and 3,200. The 4×800 team of Johnson, L Ross, A Ross, and Ewings also scored a runner-up position at the meet contributing to the team score.

New personal bests (listed in bold) and podium finishes from the meet –

Ariana Ardell – 100, 200 | 100 6th place, 200 4th place

Natalie Johnson – 800 4th place, 1,600 3rd place, 3,200 4th place

James Brady – 1,600

Landon Laferriere – 800

Leanne Ross – 1,600m 5th place

Andrea Ross – 1,600, high jump | high jump 3rd place, 3,200 6th place

Teanne Ewings – 800 PVC champion, 1,600m 2nd place, 3,200 2nd place

Girls 4x800m – new program and school record, team of Johnson, A. Ross, L. Ross, & Ewings – 2nd place

Full results, including names, times, and places from the meet can be found here: https://me.milesplit.com/meets/552883-pvc-small-school-championship-2023/results.

The Class C championship was at Cony of Augusta on Saturday, June 3.

Check out the latest results and photos from our middle school team with their first two meets of the season –

Results Caribou 1 (5/11), Presque Isle 1 (5/18)

Albums Caribou 1 (5/11), Presque Isle 1 (5/18)

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