Bossong Leads Maine Contingent at NSAF Outdoor Nationals

Victoria Bossong placed fourth in the 400m running 54.21 at NSAF Outdoor Nationals

Recent Cheverus graduate and future Harvard Crimson sprint standout Victoria Bossong closed out her spectacular high school career at the NSAF Outdoor Nationals in Oregon this weekend. Bossong, the Maine state record holder at 400m placed fourth in her signature event clocking the second-best time of her career with a 54.21 effort to earn All-American honors. This was the second time in her illustrious career that she has been an All-American outdoors.

Victoria also competed in the 800m where she ran 2:13.78 to finish 18th overall. The mark is the second-fastest of her career and was only the fifth time the senior contested the event in her high school career. Bossong left her mark in the sprint record books in Maine, clocking the fastest 400m (53.81) time ever, the second-fastest 100m (11.73) and 800m (2:10.66), and the third fastest 200m (24.54) in state history outdoors.

Two other Maine high school athletes earned All-American honors at the meet as Bonny Eagle's Rowan McDonald and Gorham's Lucien Beardsley placed fourth and fifth respectively in the 3000 meter racewalk on Thursday. It was the first time that either athlete had competed at the distance, Beardsley a sophomore won the 1600m racewalk at the Class A state meet while McDonald a freshman was second. McDonald edged out Beardsley this time as he closed the final 400m of the race in his fastest lap of the race 2:03.19 as he finished with a time of 16:03.84, while Beardsley's final lap was 2:04.79 also his fastest of the race for a 16:05.03 final time.

The Bonny Eagle 4x800m team ran a state leading 9:38.69 to finish 15th overall. The team was comprised of Emmaline Pendleton, Hannah Stevens, Addy Thibodeau, and Delaney Hesler. Hesler also competed in the 5000 meters on Sunday where she clocked 17:52.82 good for 24th in a field of 34 competitors.

In the boys' mile Class A state champion Tyler Patterson of Brunswick squared off against runner-up Ben Greene of Falmouth. Patterson seized control of the race with 600m to go as he won heat one in a time of 4:15.60, while Greene closed hard over the final 200m to earn a second-place finish in the heat with a 4:16.90 effort. Patterson will head to Cornell in the fall, while Greene will don the black and gold jersey of the Colorado Buffaloes.