Maine Athletes Shine at New England Outdoor Championship

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Maine athletes won four individual New England outdoor track and field titles on Saturday in New Britain, Connecticut. Cheverus senior Frank Morang got things started in the long jump with a personal best 23-5 1/2 on his first attempt, a mark that would not be challenged throughout the competition. Morang's mark is tied for the second best in Maine outdoor boys history.

The mark of a champion is how to respond to adversity, after finishing second in the 1600m and 800 at the Class A state meet, Mia-Claire Kezal of Thornton Academy responded in a big way kicking her way to New England title in the 1600m with her personal best 4:56.70 effort. The time improves Kezal's state all-time number four ranking.

 Edward Little junior Makenna Drouin missed the 100m hurdle final as she was also competing in the 100m trials. Once those where over the girls 100m hurdle race lined up and they didn't wait for her. Drouin did compete in the 100 final but with the mishap wasn't in it mentally and placed eighth. Drouin, a sophomore responded in a big way in the 300m hurdle as she clocked a new personal best by over a second (43.74)to win the event, and in the process break Jesse Labreck's 14 year old record of 43.93. She becomes only the second Maine athlete under 44 in the event, and also shattered the sophomore stat record of 45.12 with her effort.

Gorham senior Andrew Farr had a busy day at the New England Championship running in three individual events and a relay. Farr scored in all three individual races winning the 200m, and earning runner-up finishes in the 100m and 400m. Andrew started his day off running the fastest time in the 100m trials of 10.93 into a -1.6 headwind. In the final he clocked 11.0 this time with a -1.4 wind. In the 400m, the Yale bound Farr smashed his previous best clocking 48.27, the second fastest time in state history only behind the 2019 effort of Scarborough's Jarett Flaker (48.23). Farr wouldn't be denied in the 200m despite the worse start he's ever had, his words not mine. He sped to an impressive 21.95 clocking into a -1.7 wind, the effort moves him to third best in state history to turn back the competition.

In the 100m dash for girls, Class A runner-up Emma Green of Gorham added to her impressive season with a 12.23 effort into a -1.5 headwind to earn runner-up honors. Makenna Drouin placed eighth while Caroline Fallona of Scarborough was ninth. Green would add another podium finish in the 200m as she clocked 25.36 into a -0.3 headwind to win section three and finish fifth overall.

Mt Ararat senior and Class A state triple jump champion Mikaela Langston earned runner-up honors with her 37-7 1/2 leap on her final jump. The mark was the best on the season for Langston and third best of her career for the all-time Maine record holder in the event. Bucksport sophomore Natasha Monreal had a big breakthrough with her personal best 36-2 1/4 on her final attempt. Also scoring was Class A runner-up Kaeden Green of Brunswick who placed sixth with a jump of 36-1 1/2.

In the girls 3200m Class C champion Ruth White pushed the pace from the beginning as she tried grind the field down. White's strategy almost paid off but she was unable to shake Rachel St. Germain of Somers, CT who won but she was the runner-up and set a personal best of 10:37.66 in the process. White who ranked eighth best in state history in the event moved up to fifth all-time with her run. Bangor senior Megan Randall who set a personal best in the 1600m earlier shattered her personal best in the event with a 10:42.59 to finish third, her time is the eighth best in Maine outdoor history. George Stevens junior Thea Crowley had a big run as well finishing fifth, and also running a personal best 10:47.85, her time ranks just outside the top ten all-time.

In the javelin Shelby Anderson a junior from Marshwood threw a new personal best of 131-6 to finish at the runner-up in the event. Anderson's throw moved her up to third best all-time in Maine outdoor history. Joining her on the podium where Class A champion Sophia Morin of Brunswick in fourth (119-7) and Class B champion Riley Reitchel of Erskine Academy in fifth (119-5).

South Portland senior Jacob Ramos lowered his personal best down to 1:53.92 winning section two of the 800m, his time after the final section earned him a third place finish.  The time is the sixth best in outdoor history. Entering the state meet last week Ramos had a personal best of 2:00.85, he has taken almost seven seconds of it in the last two weeks. Class A state champion Daniel McCarthy of Bangor clocked 1:54.97 to place sixth best overall.

Cameron Bowser a senior from Washington Academy equalled the fifth best jump in state outdoor history with his personal best 46-2 in the triple.

Junior Matt Charpentier of York threw a personal best 170-5 to earn All-New England honors in the discus. He also made the final in the shot put finishing seventh with a throw of 54-3 1/2.

Senior Amelia Wedderburn of Lewiston leaped 17-10 3/4 on her first attempt in the long jump, that mark would be good enough for a fourth place finish for the Class A runner-up. Sophie Turner a senior from Kennebunk jumped 17-1 to finish seventh overall.

Edward Little junior Tudum Monday has to trips to the podium placing fourth in the 110m hurdles (14.82) equalling her personal best. In the 300m hurdles, the Class A runner-up clocked 39.84 to finish fifth.

Falmouth boys 4x100m earned a trip to the podium with their 43.20 effort to place fifth overall. This marked only the second time a Maine boys 4x100m reached the podium. Cheverus ran a seasonal best 43.35 to finish eighth.

Lisbon sophomore Sarah Moore the Class C runner-up cleared a personal best 5-3 to finish fifth and earn All-New England honors.

The Bonny Eagle boys 4x400m didn't make the podium but did clock the third fastest 4x400m in state history with a 3:25.75 effort as they finished eighth overall.