Records Fall At Southwesterns Championship
With the weather in the high 60's track athletes from the SMAA finally had a day where they could perform at a high level, and they did just that at Falmouth High School on Saturday.
A total of eight meet records were set during the competition that saw both team title come down to last event.
On the girls side Cheverus standout sophomore Victoria Bossong set the 100m dash record as she broke 12 seconds for the first time with her 11.94 clocking. Her mark broke the 35 year old conference record of Edette Willams of Portland of 12.4. Williams is the mom of Scarborough standouts Jarett & Jayden Flaker. The mark moved Bossong into second on the all-time Maine 100m list.
Bossong wasn't done turning heads as she ran an excellent 25.02 to win the 200m into a headwind to set another conference record. She closed the meet out with a strong anchor leg on the 4x400m that easily won in 4:01.44, also setting a conference record. She was voted as the outstanding track performer by the coaches.
Triple jump state record holder Emma White returned to the jumping pit that she set her record breaking mark earlier this spring. White didn't disappoint as she 38-1 to win the competition and set a new conference record, her winning margin was by over two feet. She also added another win in the long jump where she jumped a seasonal best 17-9 1/4. White was the runner-up in the 100m hurdles setting a new lifetime best 15.55 in the final.
Scarborough standout junior hurdler Emily Labbe dominated the 100m hurdles as she ran a new personal best of 14.80 in the final to break the conference record.
The Bonny Eagle 4x800 got the meet off on a the right foot as they lowered the conference record to 9:38.19 as they set a new state leading mark in the event.
Other standout performances on the girls side came from Falmouth distance star Sofie Matson. Matson won the 1600m in a personal best 5:03.08, and doubled back to take the 3200m in another personal best 10:32.46. She would win the 3200m by 58 seconds, and move to 3rd on the all-time Maine list.
Massabesic's Syeira New attacked the 300m hurdles and was rewarded with a victory, and new state leading 46.51 effort.
In the 4x100 relay Marshwood held off a strong Gorham team 50.60 to 50.64 to set a new state leading mark.
The shot put saw a great battle between South Portland's Rebekah Hunnewell-Dunphe & Jaigan Boudreau of Thornton Academy. In the end Hunnewell-Dunphe won the competition with her six round throw of 38-6 1/2, a new personal best and Class A leading mark. Boudreau had the lead with her 38-4 3/4 throw which was also a personal best.
Emma Harrington used her knowledge of the throwing circle at Falmouth to uncork a state leading 122-7 to turn back the field. Boudreau was second with a personal best 120-0 throw.
Another state leading mark was set by Marshwood's Madison Person in the javelin as she threw 127-7 to win the event by 13 feet and set an 18 foot personal best. The throw is the sixth best in state history.
The team title was close as the Stags of Cheverus took the victory with 89 points holding off Gorham by a slim 1 2/3 points, with Thornton Academy third with 81.33.