The Boothbay Boys, led by Blake Erhard, captured the 2017 Boys MVC Cross Country Championship at the University of Maine at Augusta on Octorber 14th. Erhard, who was pushed hard by Telstar's Gaelan Boyle-Wight of Telstar, captured the gold by finishing the course in 18:11.3 with Boyle-Wight crossing the finish line at the 18:20.1 mark. Boothbay's Kyle Ames was third at 18:37.4. Rounding out the top eight were Owen Libbey of Dirigo HS (18:53.1), Carrabec's Jacob Atwood (19:07.7), Monmouth's Joe Crocker (19.18.5), Dirigo's Blaine Wilkins (19.22.3), and Gage Varian of Wiscasset at 19.40.4.
Boothbay's team score was 30 points, which was more than enough to finish ahead of runner up Monmouth with a team score of 71. Madison was third with 94 points.
In the girls race, it was the depth of the Monmouth Academy girls that catapulted them to the MVC Team Championship. Monmouth, which featured a large team of 14 racers, had 5 girls finish in the top 10 spots for a team score of 35 points. Top racers for Monmouth were Danielle Parker, who finished 3rd at 22:38.1, 6th place finisher Kaitlin Hunt at 23:35.1, Amber Currie (23:54.2), Elliott Sharples (23:58.4) and Abbie Hunt (24:00.1). The Winthrop High School girls finished second with a team score of 81 points, followed closely by Boothbay with 83 points.
Boothbay's Haley Abbot took individual gold with a time of 21:16.9. Winthrop's Maya Deming took the silver, finishing in 22:33.2, followed closely by Monmouth's Parker. Other top 8 finishers were Destiny Anair of Richmond (23:18.8), Oak Hill's Haley Gunn (23:29.6), Hunt, Bailey Coates of Spruce Mountain (23:40.7), and Abbot's teammate Glory Blethen (23:47.7).