LA Cross Country KVAC Champions from left: seniors Braxton Farrin, Benji Pugh, Cameron Nelson, Sam True, Jojo Martin, Kaleb Brackley-Prouty, and Jarrett Gulden.
On Saturday, October 19, the Lincoln Academy Cross Country team managed a rare feat: they won their fourth consecutive KVAC Class B Championship. Coached by Garrett Martin and LA alum Amy Brooks Burgess ’06, this team has had unprecedented success over the last four years, winning the Class B state championship in 2017, and coming in second at Class B States in 2018.
The team who ran in Saturday’s race at Cony High School was made up of all seniors: Jarrett Gulden, who also won the individual Class B KVAC title (first place, all conference), Jojo Martin (3rd place, all conference), Cameron Nelson (5th place, all conference), Kaleb Brackley-Prouty (10th place, all conference), Sam True (14th place, all conference), Braxton Farrin, and Benji Pugh.
With all of these seniors graduating this year, some programs would be nervous, but this team has depth in the younger grades. Liam Card ’23 won the JV race, (which combines both Class A and Class B runners) Vernon Smith ’23 placed third, and Nate True ’22 placed 7th. The JV boys came within a few places of winning, and ended up in third place after a tie was broken by the sixth runner from Bangor High School.
Both Boys and Girls cross country teams head to the Southern Regional XC meet this Saturday, October 26 at Twin Brook Recreational Facility in Cumberland, where they will have the opportunity to qualify for the State meet on Saturday, November 2, also at Twin Brook.
Photos below: Jarrett Gulden and Liam Card run for individual KVAC titles in the varsity and JV races, and Liam at the top of the podium for the JV race. More photos at this link.