Bayak & Montano Win New England Titles
Nyagoa Bayak of Westbrook broke the Maine all-time best in the high jump with a 5-10 clearance to win the New England Championship for the second time in three years. Bayak had some really good attempts at the New England record on 5-11.
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Jason Montano a junior from Thornton Academy won the shot put New England title with a throw of 55-10. Brewer's Garrett Graham the Class B champion was 6th with a throw of 52-0 3/4. Montano entered the competition as the top seed, but sat third with one throw remaining before pulling out the victory with his final throw.
Emma Gallant a sophomore from Cheverus just missed the final as she finished 9th running 7.42 in the semifinals. Gallant was the top Maine finisher in the 300m with her personal best 40.74. That time is the second fastest in state history. Her teammate freshman Victoria Bossong finished 10th in 41.36, that time is the 5th best in state history.
On the girls side Orono's Camille Kohtala jumped 17-7 1/2 to place 4th in the long jump. While Class A champion Christie Woodside of Hampden Academy just missed the final with 17-1 1/4 9th place effort.
The Scarborough girls ran the the third best 4x200m relay in state history 1:47.06 to finish just off the podium in 7th place. In the 4x800, the Gorham girls ran a new state leading 9:40.45 to place 10th overall. The time lowered their previous state leading effort.
On the boys side the Lewiston Boys finished as the top Maine team in the 4x800 finishing 17th in a time of 8:33.46. In the 4x200m the Deering boys lowered their state leading time with a 1:33.13 as they placed 8th overall.
Class A mile & 800m champion Juliana Selser of South Portland was the top finisher in the 1000m with her 7th place effort of 2:58.57. Class B 800m champion Kaylee Porter of Erskine Academy clocked 2:59.57 to finish 9th.
On the boys side Class A champion sophomore Lisandro Berry-Gaviria of Mt Ararat battled his way to a sixth place finish in the mile with a time of 4:24.23, right behind him was junior Alec Troxell of Deering who set a new personal best of 4:25.04 good for 7th place.
In the boys 1k Landon Heidrich a junior from Thornton Academy clocked 2:38.18 good for 13th to lead the Maine contingent. While in the 2 mile Yarmouth senior Luke Laverdiere went out hard in the 2 mile and held on to finish 8th in a time of 9:30.30