Koffman breaks Discus Record (199-1) finishes 3rd, Spencer-Thompson jumps 23-2 1/2
Orono senior Jake Koffman capped off his prep career with a record breaking throw in the discus at New Balance Outdoor Nationals on Sunday.
He entered the competition with the Maine all-time best mark of 191-11 that he threw to open his season in April. On his opening throw on Sunday, Jake added a foot to his previous best with a toss of 192-11, that mark would be good enough to advance him to the final where he got three more throws.
Koffman was in fourth place overall with his final throw remaining, the Stanford bound senior heaved the discus out to 199-1 a new personal best and state all-time best, and earned him third place and his first all-american honors.
Brewer senior Austin Lufkin also competed he had one fair throw of 171-6 to finish 16th overall.
On Saturday in the shot put, Lufkin threws 58-4 1/2 to place 14th while Koffman had a best of 57-6 1/2 to finish 20th.
In the emerging elite long jump sophomore Cayden Spencer-Thompson was done to his last jump in the long jump qualifying before popping of a new personal best of 23-2 1/2. That jump would be enough to finish second overall in the emerging elite long jump, and inched him close to the all-time Maine best of 23-5 1/2.
On Saturday Spencer-Thompson had a tough day finding the board in the triple jump as he fouled all three attempts.
Evan Porter of Traip Academy had a strong performance in the 400m hurdles as he went on to finish 7th in the emerging elite race with a time of 55.14. He placed second in section 4.
South Portland junior Juliana Selser raced in the emerging elite 800m race on Sunday. Selser clocked a new personal best of 2:14.11 to place third overall in section 1 and 15th overall. She took the pace out hard hitting the first 400m in 62.26 to lead the field. Her mark improves on her fourth fastest performer in state history.
The Cheverus girls 4x400 competed in the emerging elite race on Sunday, the Stags ran a school record 3:58.49 to finish second in section three and 13th overall out of 42 teams. Freshman Emma Gallant anchored the team with a 55.98 split, the fastest split out of anyone who ran in the emerging elite race. The time for Cheverus is the second fastest in state history just .02 outside of Scarborough's 3:58.47. On the season they ran four of the 10 fastest 4x400's in state history.
Also competing on Sunday was Samantha Curran of Thornton Academy in the emerging elite shot put with a toss of 37-3 3/4 to place 23rd overall
In the boys decathlon Jake Martin a junior from York placed 14th overall with a score of 5848. Martin finished 6th in the shot put with a toss of 40-6, he was 4th in the high jump with a clearance of 6-2 1/4. He also placed 5th in the javelin with a throw of 147-8.