Maine’s top schoolboy distance runner helped his team end a lengthy championship drought Saturday.
Mt. Ararat High School senior Lisandro Berry-Gaviria not only captured his third consecutive Class A individual boys cross country championship Saturday, he helped the Topsham-based Eagles hold off runner-up Bangor for their first team title in 25 years at the Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland.
Berry-Gaviria topped local rival Will Shaughnessy of Brunswick to win the individual race in 16 minutes, 51.76 seconds, the fastest time of the day regardless of class on the hilly 3.1-mile course.
Shaughnessy, a senior who had finished just 3.26 seconds behind Berry-Gaviria at the Class A North regional in Belfast a week earlier, trailed the three-time champion by 10.27 seconds while securing his second-place finish at states.
Mahamed Sharif of Westbrook (16:17.02) and Ben Greene of Falmouth…