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PHOTO BY HUGH BOWDENBUCKSPORT — A pair of Hancock County runners turned in winning performances at Saturday’s Penobscot Valley Conference cross-country championships.Just a week after claiming county titles, sophomore John Hassett of the George Stevens Academy Eagles and senior Caroline Driscoll of the Mount Desert Island Trojans were first across the finish line over Bucksport’s five-kilometer course.Hassett, still only a sophomore, was the front runner in a GSA contingent that finished second to Orono in the boys’ team competition.“I wanted to go out strong and then let the race unfold,” said Hassett.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAnd he did just that, taking the lead in the early going and finishing 46 seconds in front of runner-up senior Josh Zaspsky of Hermon with his winning time of 17 minutes and 15.07 seconds.Driscoll, who is closing out her running career with the Trojans as one of Eastern Maine’s top runners, led the MDI girls to the large schools team championship on Saturday.MDI finished with just 19 points, followed by Caribou 51, Ellsworth 96, John Bapst 101, Presque Isle 138, Old Town 149, Hermon 172 and Washington Academy 210.Driscoll held off sophomore Hannah Steelman of Orono by about four seconds with her winning time of 19:54.51, with three of her teammates also turning in top 10 finishes.Senior Waylon Henggeler was fifth in 20:38.99, sophomore Lydia DaCorte was seventh in 20:51.55 and junior Sakura Sunagawa was 10th n 21:24.69.Behind them for the Trojans were sophomore Emma Strong, 12th in 21:38.59; freshman India Janes, 24th in 22:33.43; and senior Sydney Wright, 38th in 23:42.57.For third place Ellsworth, senior Haley Lawrence was fourth overall in 20:26.06, senior Mariah Brown was 28th in 23:04.20, senior Olivia Lounder was 37th in 23:42.43, freshman Katelynn Bagley was 41st in 24:02.65, junior Julia Zavaleta was 55th in 25:21.04, senior Emine Mutlu laws 79th in 29:27.53 and senior Bailey Neale was 87th in 32:27.05.In the girls’ small schools team competition, Orono finished with 21 points, followed by GSA 43, Mattanawcook Academy 76 and Lee Academy 95.Freshman Eliza Broughton led GSA’s Eagles, finishing ninth in 21:22.63. She was followed by freshman Zeya Lorio, 17th in 21:59.06; junior Hanna Gutow, 20th n 22:07.92; freshman Mary Richardson, 23rd in 22:27.01; sophomore Emma Larson-Whittaker, 33rd in 23:23.43; junior Rachel DesFosses, 34th in 23:25.78; and sophomore Bella Cimeno, 45th in 24:16.47.For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, junior Natalie Coleman was 21st in 22:18.02 and sophomore Natasha Clement was 56th in 25:22.27In the boys’ competition, Orono’s Red Riots won the small schools boys’ team title with 26 points, followed closely by GSA with 32, Lee Academy with 77 and Central with 91.Finishing behind Hassett for GSA’s Eagles were junior Devlin Valle, seventh in 18:34.55; senior Tate Yoder, 18th in 19:05.60; junior Oliver Broughton, 28th in 19:36.71; junior Aylen Wolf, 33rd in 19:53.54; junior Frank Schweizer, 65th in 21:05.46; and freshman Dylan DesFosses, 92nd in 24:00.48.For the Bucksport Golden Bucks, junior Skyler Fraga led the way, placing 40th in 20:07.72. Behind him were freshman Ramon Perez, 61st in 20:54.82; senior Amaziah Jones, 63rd in 21:03.94; and senior Michael Soteres, 73rd in 21:34.76.In the boys’ large schools competition, the tight pack of Caribou was enough to give the Vikings first place with 39 points.All seven Caribou runners finished in a seven-second span from eighth to 17th place.Senior Ralph Magnani finished fifth overall to lead the MDI Trojans to second place among large schools with 48 points.Behind them came Foxcroft Academy 107, Old Town 118, John Bapst 132, Presque Isle 152, Ellsworth 195, Hermon 207 and Washington Academy 209.Magnani completed the 5K course in 18:31.60 for MDI. He was followed by senior Jordan Harris, 11th in 18:45.68; junior Peter Philbrook, 12th in 18:45.68; senior Ethan Craigo, 19th in 19:05.75; junior Dylan Harris, 30th in 19:38.99; senior David Anderson, 34th in 19:54.62; and sophomore Josh Bloom, 36th in 20:02.49.For Ellsworth, junior Noah Robidoux was 44th in 20:15.37, freshman Matt Frost was 45th in 20:19.05, freshman Austin Baron was 76th in 22:05.41, senior Derek Look was 85th in 22:41.20, junior Conrad Svec was 86th in 22.45.71 and junior Tim Curts was 96th in 26:57.18.In the girls’ junior varsity competition, GSA sophomore Hanna Jordan was first in 23:31.45 and senior teammate Cedar Slagle was runner-up in 23:34.27.All of the PVC runners and more will be competing on Saturday, Oct. 25, in the Eastern Maine championships at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.The Class C boys’ race will kick things off at 11 a.m., followed by the Class C girls’ race at 11:35.The Class B boys’ race will be at 1:20 p.m., followed by the Class B girls’ race at 1:55.