The Governors Cross-Country teams traveled to Hebron, ME to run in the NEPSTA Division II Cross-Country Championships. On race day, sunny skies, temperatures in the 40’s, and a moderate breeze created ideal conditions for running. South-central Maine offers topographical features that make a cross-country course challenging, and Hebron’s course had them: wide trails through the woods with constantly rolling terrain and at least three thigh-burning hills at virtually each mile mark. Not a course for the faint-hearted, the Govs boys ran it stout-heartedly, coming from the middle of the pack at the half-way mark to place five runners in the top twenty and to place first among 18 teams with 84 points. A mere seven seconds separated junior Patrick Farrell (13th of 125, 18:12), sophomore McLean Sherrin (15th, 18:13), senior tri-captain Ryan Gill (17th, 18:16), sophomore Michael Dik (19th, 18:18) and senior tri-captain EJ Connor (20th, 18:19), all of whom earned All-New England status and the opportunity to run in the 2012 Meet of Champions. The tightness of this pack proved just how essential it is to run as a team in this sport. Senior Jakob Cronberg (31st, 18:43) and senior tri-captain Joe Rokous (40th, 19:14) rounded out the finishers for the Govs. The boys’ team worked hard all season, and the New England Championship was a well-deserved reward. Last year’s team finished third in New England, and this is the team’s first championship since 1996.