adidas Indoor Nationals Maine Day 1 Recap

Eighth grader Emerson Flaker of Scarborough the younger sister of Jarett and Jayden finished eight overall in the rising stars 200m clocking a personal best 26.69 to win heat seven during day one of the adidas Indoor Nationals.

Day one of the adidas Indoor Nationals saw several Maine athletes in action on the track. Winthrop sophomore James Cognata got things started in the open 400m as he finished second in heat four clocking a personal best 52.95 which was good for 30th overall.

Hunter Burkhardt of Lisbon ran in the open mile, Burkhardt the defending Class B indoor state champion finished 95th overall with a 5:04.65.

Gorham sprint standout Andrew Farr competing for the first time this winter got a reprieve after an apparent false start. Farr responded by running a personal best 22.96 to finish third in heat six. His effort placed him 27th overall out of 64 competitors.

Scarborough closed out the night in the sprint medley relay, The Red Storm got out to a fast start with junior Nick Connolly. The first exchange resulted in a dropped baton which caused a five-second slow up that ultimately resulted in a disqualification, but that didn't stop the rest of the legs from putting in a strong effort. On the 400m leg, Jayden Flaker made up all the lost time with a 50.19 split to pass the baton off in first to junior Zach Barry. Barry ran a controlled effort letting eventually winner Kent Island Track Club set the pace, he made a move to first in the last 150 meters but was unable to hold it to the line, his effort resulted in a 1:55.9 split for his leg. Without the baton drop, it is safe to say state record 3:36.95 would have been shattered.