The Boothbay-Wiscasset girls cross country team placed third at the Class C South regional competition on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Twin Brook Recreation in Cumberland.
Waynflete won the team championship with 53 points, Maine Coast Waldorf was second with 87, and Boothbay-Wiscasset girls placed third with 99 points. The Lady SeaWolves qualify for the state Class C meet, to be held on Saturday, Oct. 28 in Belfast.
Soren Stark-Chessa, of Maine Coast Waldorf, won the race in 19:17, besting competitor Grace Alexander, of Waynflete, by 83 seconds. Stark-Chessa, a transgender youth, competed on the boys team in 2022. Maine law allows transgender youth to compete in sports in the gender they identify with.
The first place finish by Stark-Chessa moved the Maine Coast Waldorf team ahead of the Boothbay-Wiscasset team in the standings.
Boothbay-Wiscasset girls were led by a 10th place finish from Karen Higgins. Higgens was presented a top 10 medal from the Maine Principals’ Association.
The Lady SeaWolves placed five scoring runners in the top 30 to place third. All five were recognized by the Maine Principals’ Association in front of their peers at the Class C South awards ceremony. Rounding out the Lady Seahawks’ scoring five were 21. Olivia Rittal, 23:52; 23. Laura Chapman, 24:10; 24. Emily Gilliam, 24:17; and 29. Sophia Mansfield, 24:46.
Also running for Boothbay-Wiscasset were 40. Bella Orr, 26:10, and 58. Maddie Orchard, 28:49.