Skinner and Horowitz Sweep Individual Crowns at State Cross Country Meet

Coby Horowitz and Lucy Skinner were Bowdoin's top finishers Saturday
Coby Horowitz and Lucy Skinner were Bowdoin's top finishers Saturday

WATERVILLE, Maine - Coby Horowitz and Lucy Skinner came away with individual crowns and the Bowdoin men's cross country team came away with first-place overall at the Maine State Championship meet Saturday at Colby.

It is the first time since 2001 that runners from the same school claimed both individual titles in the same year. That year, Bowdoin's Steve Allison '02 and Audra Caler '04 claimed the titles for the Polar Bears.

The Bowdoin men won their first state crown since 2010 in one of the closest races in state history, totaling 41 points to edge Colby (46) and Bates (47). Horowitz won his third state championship (2010, '11, '13) in a time of 26:02.20. The Bowdoin senior was in fourth place after the first mile, and moved up into second after the second mile. Mike Martin of Bates and Horowitz pulled away from the field in the third mile, with Horowitz using a fast kick to pull away from Martin in the final 400 meters of the race.

Sam Seekins finished fourth (26:30.10) while Greg Talpey (27:08.40), Kevin Hoose (27:11.10) and Nick Saba (27:16.10) claimed spots 11-13 to help lead the Polar Bears to victory.

Skinner blew away the field in the women's race, claiming the title by over 12 seconds in a time of 19:00.80. Skinner followed a pack of four runners through the first mile, and then moved into the lead approaching the Mayflower Hill section of the course. Skinner opened up a five-meter lead after climbing the 800 meter hill, and then stretched her winning margin in the final mile.

 The Bowdoin women finished with a team score of 76, trailing just Bates (32) and Colby (52). Madelena Rizzo took seventh-place in a time of 19:40.90 while Brenna Fischer was the Polar Bears' next-best finisher in 23rd (20:48.60).