Defending champion Olivia Reynolds of Maine Coast Waldorf leads all Class C state meet returners. The sophomore took the top spot last year as a freshman as she cruised to a nine second victory. Reynolds ran well outdoors as she won the 1600m (5:14.45) & 3200m (12:33.67) Class C titles.
Orono's Camille Kohtala was the hero a year ago for Orono as she outleaned 3rd place by .16 seconds which helped the Red Riots win the team title by 1 point over Maranacook. Kohtala is one of the most versatile athletes in the state, she made the New England Championship in the long jump finishing 8th with a leap of 17-7 1/2 outdoors. She added Class C titles at 400m indoors (60.3) and outdoors (58.47) while adding the 200m title outdoors. Kohtala should enjoy the flat fast course at Belfast.
Kohtala's teammate Erin Gerbi placed fourth last fall as a freshman, she enters her sophomore year looking to move up the podium and help Orono defend it's team title. She finished third in the 3200m (12:45) outdoors at the state meet.
Maranacook senior Molly McGrail almost led her team to the championship last fall as the Black Bears came up just one point short. Molly finished sixth overall running 20:42.89 last year. On the track she won the 800m Class C title outdoors, and added a runner-up effort for 400m and a third place finish over 200m.
A kick between Kohtala and McGrail would be something to watch!
St Dominic's Alexandra Hammerton might want to get in on that kick battle as well. Hammerton finished seventh at the the state last fall. On the track she was third in the indoor 400m.
Based off the returning runners from the state meet last fall, and not including any new incoming freshman the team race should be a good one. Maine Coast Waldorf, Maranacook and Orono are separated by just 2 points.
Orono will be looking to repeat, while Maranacook hopes to avenge a one point loss. Maine Coast Waldorf meanwhile could play the spoiler.