Brewer Girls, York Boys Repeat in Class B
The Brewer Girls repeated as Class B indoor track and field champion on Saturday afternoon at Bates College. Leading the way for the witches were individual champions Madison Gibbs in the pole vault (10-0), Abby Stroup in the long jump (17-5 1/4) & Olivia Mosca in the 2 mile (11:34.52). Brewer scored seventy-three points to outdistance runner Winslow by twenty-three points.
Stroup's effort in the long jump was a personal best by five plus inches, and improved on her sixth place effort from a year ago. She added key points in the triple jump as well with another personal best 34-2 1/4 to finish as the runner-up. Teammate Morgan Honey was third in triple (33-8 1/4), plus added a fifth in the hurdles and sixth in the long jump.
Mosca played a big role in the title defense as well as the junior ran a leg on the the third place 4x800 squad, she lead the mile until the final 150m before finishing third (5:24.49), and then ran her best race of the afternoon with a dominating performance in the 2 mile where she won by twenty eight seconds.
Sophia Inman added eight points for Brewer with a runner-up finish in the high jump with a 5-2 clearance.
York sophomore Lexi Brent was a double winner on the day as the she won the 55m hurdles in a personal best time of 8.66 as she turned back three time champion Darcy Cochran of Cape Elizabeth by .03. Brent completed a rare double when she came back to use a blistering kick to win the 800m in a time of 2:26.64.
The other double winner was Leavitt senior Aaliyah Trask of Leavitt who took the 400m dash with her 62.07 effort as she had to go to lane four to secure the victory by .03. Trask came back to win the 200m as she stopped the clock at 26.58.
Marin Provencher of Greely repeated as champion in the mile, the senior used a blistering kick over the last 150m to secure the win in a seasonal best 5:2.71.
Gray New Gloucester Zoe Barnes continued her domination of shot put in class b with a personal best 37-11 3/4 to win her first state title while Junne Robertson-McIntire of Belfast got redemption in 55m with a personal best 7.36, she won two years but was hampered by injuries a year ago.
Winslow's Carly Warn was the top scorer in the meet as the Black Raiders junior won the triple jump in a personal best 35-5 1/2, plus added runner-up finishes in the 55m and long jump.
Eli Hultstrom surprise second place finish in the mile helped York defend its title
On the boys side the York boys made it three state titles in a row as they tallied 51 points to edge Greely by 5. The Wildcats entered the 4x200m down by 5 points, and running out of heat four of six, they shocked the field with a time of 1:38.0 to secure 10 points and seal the state title. Coming into the meet York was only suppose to score 26.5 points but of course like they have down the past few years easily exceeded expectations.
The high jump was the key event for the Wildcats as they scored 20 points behind 2-3-4-6 finish. Junior Rhys Evans was the top performer for York in the event with a 6-0 clearance.
Senior Eli Hultstrom provided the Wildcats with a huge spark with his race in the mile. Hultstrom entered as the fifth seed but that didn't deter him from moving up, and move up he did as he was in contention for the win down the home stretch nabbing second place and eight important points. His teammate rushed the track knowing the significance of his finish.
The two mile was similar where senior Josiah Mackaman was the ninth seed but ran with the lead pack for most of the race. Mackaman would post a fourth place finish providing York unexpected points.
Greely who was expected to score thirty points based off seeds easily did that thanks to twenty points in the two mile behind a 1-2 finish from senior Riley Franklin, and Sam Wilson. Wilson won the mile earlier in the meet as well for ten key points. Franklin along Wilson, Brady Fluet and Elias Leggat-Barr teamed up for a second place effort in the 4x800.
The Rangers had the lead heading to the 4x200 had to settle for the runner-up trophy, but considering where they entered the meet to start the day the Rangers had a lot to be happy about with a runner-up finish.
Yarmouth's Chris Koskinen had a big day as he jumped a personal best 13-9 to win the pole vault, earlier in the meet he set a huge personal best in the 200m as he finished as the runner-up just .01 out of first.
Sophomore Hunter Burkhardt running for St Dom's won the 800m, and also anchored the winning 4x800m relay team to victory. In one of the closest races of the day Jacob Michaud of Wells took the 55m hurdles running a personal best 8.20 to hold off Jake MacCallum of Gray New Gloucester 8.25.
The shot put competition was a good one as senior William Carrolton of Morse threw a personal best 55-1 1/2 as he held off a strong effort from Sean Neal of Brewer who also set a personal best of 53-11 1/4.
Freshman Conor Morin put on quite a show in the high jump as he was the only one to clear 6-2. Morin successfully cleared 6-2 1/2 and 6-3 as well, complete with a back flip on the mat after each clearance. His winning mark sets a new freshman state all-time in the event.