On Saturday, Maine athletes had the home-state advantage at Bangor's Cameron Stadium for the New England Championship. As a result, they achieved a remarkable number of All-New England performances, setting a new record.
One of the standout performers at the event was Sarah Moore, a junior from North Yarmouth Academy. She achieved a personal best of 19-0 1/4 in the long jump, securing her victory. Despite this success, her day was far from over as she then moved on to compete in the high jump and triple jump simultaneously. Moore accomplished an impressive height of 5-5, coming in second place in the high jump, while also achieving a massive personal best of 37-8 1/4 in the triple jump, earning her a second victory of the day.
Moore's achievements were truly remarkable - her long jump distance places her as the second-best performer in outdoor history, and her triple jump mark ranks her as the eighth-best in the state's history.
Miles Burr, a talented sprinter from Mount Desert Island, had a packed schedule on the track. He competed in three individual events - the 100m, 200m, and 400m. Despite facing tough competition, Burr managed to secure a second-place finish in the 100m with an impressive time of 10.84. In the 400m, he overcame the disadvantage of being in lane one and finished strong in the last 150m, clocking in at a new personal best of 48.98. This time held up for second place once all the other sections were completed. Finally, Burr excelled in his best event, the 200m, setting a new state record of 21.67. Although he missed out on the win by a mere 0.01 seconds, his performance was exceptional.
Marshwood senior Rowan Carter added a third-place finish in the 200m as he stormed to a personal best 22.01, the time is the sixth best in state history. Colby Cooper of Bonny Eagle set a new Maine sophomore class record as he lowered his mark down to 49.16 as he won section three, his effort was good for fifth overall.
During the 400m race in her home stadium, all attention was on Anna Connors from Bangor. With her exceptional performance in the first 200m, there was no doubt that she was going to win. Anna finished strong and achieved a personal best of 55.25, making her the champion. But that wasn't all for Connors, as she also secured a runner-up position in the 200m event, setting another personal best of 24.28, which was the second-fastest time in state history.