Class B State Meet Preview

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Yarmouth High School is host of the Class B Outdoor State Championships on Saturday June 3. Team wise, the York boys' appear to be the favorite after winning the Division I title at the WMC Championships last Saturday, totaling 165 points. The Wildcats will be searching for their second state title in three years, and have multiple athletes that pose as state title threats in field and sprinting events. Expecting to challenge York is Winslow High School, who finished eighth a year ago. The Raiders do most of its damage in the sprint events with Ben Smith, Jake Warn and Maxamus Spaulding at the helm. Winslow cruised to the KVAC conference title last weekend, compiling 137 points, which was more than 50 ahead of runner-up Lincoln Academy. Mount Desert Island is another challenger for the state title. They finished sixth a year ago and recently won the PVC Large School Championships last weekend. You also can't count out the Wells Warriors, who cruised to the D2 title at WMCs racking up 195 points. Wells finished 11th a year ago.

On the girls' side, expect a battle between Greely and York. The Rangers got the better of the Wildcats last weekend at the WMC Championships, winning by nine points. York is looking to defend its 2016 state champion, while Greely is trying to win its first state title since 2005. Expect both teams to be challenged by a few eastern schools. Mount Desert Island was the top Class B team at the PVC Large School Championships last weekend, finishing second to Brewer. At the Small School PVC Championships, it was Caribou coming out on top in Class B.

Let's take a look at the top events to watch on both the boys' and girls' side on Saturday.

Girls' 200 Meters  Expect a showdown between Mount Desert Island's Ashley Anderson and Gray-New Gloucester's Madison Post in this event. Anderson currently has the fastest time in the class (25.69), and won the PVC Large School Championships in the event last weekend. Anderson finished third at last year's state meet. Post currently has the second-fastest time in the class (26.01), and took the 200m conference title at the WMC Championships last Saturday. Post finished 10th a year ago. You also can't count out Tahlia Mullen of Lincoln Academy, who is the defending state champion. She's run 26.64 this season and finished second at the KVAC Championships last weekend. Nicole Daigle took the KVAC title, winning in a time of 26.72 which is a PB. She will also be another athlete to watch. The 200m is one of the deepest events of the day. Also watch for Kiana Letourneau of Lawrence, Caitlin Wolff of Kennebunk and Audrey Clement of Camden Hills.

Boys' 200 Meters The 200m could have major implications on the team standings as Winslow's Ben Smith and Jake Warn come in as the top two seeds. Smith has been the top sprinter in Class B all season, and comes into the race with a season-best of 22.73, which ranks as the fourth-fastest time regardless of class. He recently won the KVAC Championships, running 22.78. Warn has been in Smith's slipstream all season, and looks poised to dip under 23 at some point this season. He ran 23.56 to finish second at the KVAC Championships, and comes in with a PB of 23.22. The 200m is arguably the deepest event of the day, as it has a total of 16 runners who have broken 24 seconds this spring. Matthew Concannon of Cape Elizabeth was the top 'B' finisher at the WMC Championships, running 23.30 seconds. He's run 23.25 this season, and should challenge for a top-three finish. Also look for MDIs Griffin Maristany, who comes in with a PB of 23.33 and recently won the PVC Large School Champions, running 23.62. He finished fourth at the Indoor Championships earlier this year. Yarmouth's Eric Labrie could make some noise in this event, too. The sophomore has run 23.40 this season and could sneak into the top-five with a great race. Other athletes to watch for include, Shayen Schofield and Devon Davis of Mt. View, and Evan Chadbourne of Foxcroft Academy.

Girls' 300 Meter Hurdles Cape Elizabeth freshmen Darcy Cochran comes into the meet with the fastest time in the state, after winning the WMC Championships in 46.77 seconds. While just a freshmen, Cochran already has an individual state title under her belt as she won the 55-meter hurdles this winter. Look for her to be challenged by Greely's Sylar Cooney and Morgan Selby. Cooney was the runner-up to Cochran last week and has a PB of 47.74 seconds, which ranks fourth in the class. Selby has the second-fastest time in the class (46.86), but finished just sixth at the WMC Championships last Saturday. Nonetheless, she is certainly a title favorite. Also watch for Kristina Kelly of Camden Hills, Audrey Grimes and Hayley Smith of York, and Kelsey Mehuren of Belfast.

Boys' Triple Jump What makes the boys' triple jump so compelling, is that there is no clear-cut favorite in the event, and there are five athletes who have the chance to win on Saturday. MDI senior Giovanni Mckenzie comes into the meet with the highest mark in the class, having jumped 42 feet, 5.25 inches. Mckenzie won the indoor state title and just won the PVC Conference title last weekend, jumping 41-10.5 feet. Winslow's Jake Warn is the defending state champion in the event, and ranks second in the class having jumped 42-04.5 feet. He recently won the KVAC Championships in 42-00.5 feet. Zidane McMurrin of Medomak Valley is another athlete to watch in this event. He's jumped 42-03.75 feet this season and finished sixth at the state meet a year ago. York's Zach Westman and Leavitt's Caleb Bowen should also challenge for a high finish. Both have surpassed 42 feet this season. Westman jumped 40-10.75 feet en route to a conference title at WMCs last weekend, and Bowen finished fourth at last year's state meet. Expect other athletes like Jack Hanson of Belfast, and Ethan Nurick and Kyle McGadney of Waterville to challenge for podium spots.

Girls' 1,600 Meter Run Expect the girls' 1,600-meter run to be a two-way battle between Greely's Katherine Leggat-Barr and MDI's Tia Tardy. The 1600m will likely be the first event all both athletes, who expect to have busy days on Saturday, so we can expect to see some very fast times produced. Tardy won the Class B Mile race this winter, and comes into the meet in great form after winning the PVC Championships last weekend, running a season-best of 5:08.00. Leggat-Barr has been on fire all year and dropped a ridiculous 5:05.61 at the WMC Championships, which broke the conference record by .23 seconds. The time set a state-leading mark for Leggat-Barr. The race will likely come down to a kick between the two, and Tardy has 58-second 400m leg speed and also beat Leggat-Barr for the indoor title. Expect a thrilling race. Also likely to challenge for a high finish is Leggat-Barr's teammate Carolyn Todd, who finished third at WMCs last weekend, running 5:19.86. Freeport's Lily Horne and Kennebunk's Louise Holway are ones to watch as well. Horne was fourth at WMCs last Saturday, running a PB of 5:20.02, with Holway right behind her in 5:21.79. Holway's teammate Miranda Durcan could also be a factor. She's run 5:19.50 this spring and may contend for a high finish. Others to watch for are Augusta Stockman and Grace Iltis of Camden Hills.

Boys' 3,200 Meter Run The boys' 3,200m might lack the parity compared to these other events, but we could be on state record watch as Yarmouth's Luke Laverdiere comes into the race as the favorite. Greely's Ben True still holds the state record running 9:19.34 back in 2003, and Laverdiere comes into the meet with a season-best of 9:11.29 which he ran at the Loucks Games in New York earlier this month. The only factor holding Laverdiere back to chase a fast time would be how fresh his legs are. His listed in both the 1600m and 800m, as well as the 3200m. If he chooses to triple, a record might not be in the cards but with Freeport's Henry Jaques trying to gun him down, it could make for a very compelling race. Jaques comes into the Saturday with the second-fastest 3200m in the class (9:46.30) and recently finished second at WMCs last weekend, running 10:02.87. Unlike Laverdiere, the 3200m will likely be Jaques' only event of the day, so expect him to be ready to go. He was the runner-up in this event a year ago. The race for third could be very compelling. The Greely tandem of Luke Marsanskis and Pat Lyden should be right up there, as well as Sam Russ of Lincoln Academy and Nicholas Reznick of MDI.

Girls' 3,200 Meter Run Yarmouth senior Abby Hamilton is the defending state champion in the 3200m, and comes into the race with a state-leading time of 11:09.25, which she ran at the Loucks Games in White Plains, New York earlier this month. Hamilton hasn't lost a 3200m race against Maine competition since 2015, but will have her hands full with Leggat-Barr of Greely. Leggat-Barr is running better than she ever has and won the 3200m at WMCs last Saturday, winning in 11:18.91. The 3200m should be one of the deepest events of the day as it includes six girls whom have run 11:50 or faster. York's Kathryn Miller finished second to Leggat-Barr last weekend running 11:26, and comes in with the third-fastest time in the class. Leggat-Barr's teammate Carolyn Todd was the runner-up a year ago and comes into Saturday with some positive momentum after finishing fourth at WMCs, running a season-best 11:40.75. Holway of Kennebunk is going to be a factor, as well. She's better suited for longer distances, as evidence to her runner-up finish in in cross country in Class A last fall, and has run 11:29 for a full 2-miles. She finished seventh last year and comes in with a season-best of 11:42.10. Other athletes to watch in this race include Emma Trapani of Camden Hills and Malia Cryan of York.

Boys' 300 Meter Hurdles This is another event that could have major team standing implications. York's Zach Westman and Jake Martin are the top-two seeds going into the event, and it would be a huge help for the Wildcats if they are able to pick up 18 points. Westman won a conference title in the event last weekend at WMCs, running a Class B leading time of 41.34 seconds. Martin has ran 41.71 this season, and finished second to Westman at WMCs, running 421.60. Westman and Martin are expected to do the bulk of York's scoring on Saturday. Along with the 300-hurdles, Westman is slated to compete in the 110-hurdles, the long jump, and triple jump, while Martin will likely also compete in the 110h, high jump and long. They both are seeded in the top-five in their respective events, as they hope to bring the state title back to York. Freshmen Maxamus Spaulding of Winslow is another athlete to watch in this event. He's run 42.17 this spring, and if he can somehow sandwich himself between Martin and Westman on Saturday, it could go a long way for Winslow in winning a state title. His teammate, Spencer Miranda, is seeded sixth having run 42.81 in 2017, and should be able to pick up some very valuable points for the Raiders. Also looking to challenge for top-five finish is Zachary Beaton of Hermon. Beaton ran 42.43 en route to a conference title at the PVC Large School Championships last weekend. Also look for Josh Bloom of MDI, who finished second to Beaton, running a season-best of 42.76.