Maine Captures Five New England Titles


Windham junior Tayla Pelletier jumped 37'9 1/2 on her third attempt in the triple jump to seize the lead one she wouldn't relinquish in the finals. Instead, Pelletier put on a jumping clinic in the final as she leaped out to a personal best of 38'4 3/4 in the fourth round, and with the win guaranteed and the pressure off she hopped, skipped, and jumped out to a new state record in the sixth round with a 38'10 1/2 jump. The record jump erased the 38'8 1/2 mark set by Jesse Lebreck, Emma White, and Mikaela Langston.

Tayla Pelletier jumped a new state record 38-10 1/2 in the triple jump.

In the boys' triple jump, Arnaud Sioho of South Portland used a disappointing finish in the long jump to fuel his excellent jumping in the triple. Sioho the Class A state champion opened the competition with a personal best leap of 47'9 1/4 on his first attempt. Sioho followed with another personal best in the second round as he leaped to a distance of 48'4 3/4. He added two other jumps over 48 feet (48'2 1/2 two more times).

Noble senior Maddox Jordan didn't get to sleep until three a.m. this morning after being at his project graduation celebration. After five and half hours of rest, Jordan was ready to race the 1600m at the New England Championship. The race played into the hands of Jordan as the first 800m was covered in just under 2:12. At the bell Maddox was in fourth place, and with 200m to go started his kick, and with 100m to go he still had ground to make up but he wouldn't be denied as he pulled even with 10 meters to go and edged out Collin Walsh of New Milford, CT and Jack Mattingly of E.O. Smith. His winning time was 4:15.38 with Walsh 4:15.53, and Mattingly 4:15.55 within a blink of an eye. Jordan covered the final 400m in 57.33, and the last 800m in 2:03.37.

Gorham junior Griffin Gammon repeated as the high jump champion as for the second year in a row he cleared 6-9 to turn back the field. Gammon cleared his three bars on his first attempt as the defending champion was in a groove. His first miss of the competition came as the bar was raised to 6'7, but after an adjustment, he soared over the bar of his second attempt to take the outright lead. The bar raised to 6'9 with two other competitors Derek Shimer of Shrewsbury, MA and Ja'Mari Manson of Bloomfield, CT clearing 6'7 on their third attempt. After missing on the first attempt Gammon cleared on his second to secure the victory. Gammon attempted a personal best 6'11 but was unable to clear. Gavin Davis of York set a personal best and set a new York school record with his 6'5 clearance which placed him fourth, while Aidan Lee of Gorham also cleared 6'5 to earn All-New England status with a sixth-place finish.

Marshwood junior Andre Clark continued his fast sprinting as he led all qualifiers into the final with a 10.64 effort. Clark returned for the final and despite a shaky start, the Maine state record holder powered his way to the New England title in a time of 10.59. Clark would come back later in the meet to anchor the Marshwood 4x100 to a 2024 Maine outdoor track state-leading effort of 43.16 and seventh place finish. The time is the sixth fastest in state history.

Houlton/GHCA junior Teanne Ewings ran a personal best in the 3200m (10:29.73) to finish as the runner-up. Also earning All-New England honors in the race was Orono senior Ruth White who ran 10:37.07 to finish fourth. In the 1600m Scarborough sophomore Laurel Driscoll ran a negative split 2:31.20 - 2:25.5 to run 4:56.69 to finish third as she closed the final lap in 71.02.

In the throws Dylan Brown of Scarborough set a personal best in the javelin with a toss of 172 feet, Brown finished fifth overall. In the discus, Samantha Gaudet of Falmouth threw 122'10 to place fifth.

In the jumps, Natasha Monreal of Bucksport earned All-New England honors with a jump of 18'0 on her final attempt. Skowhegan senior Billy Albertson jumped 22'9 1/2 to finish fourth, while Lewiston junior Josia Katroli also jumped 22'9 1/2 finishing in fifth place. Sarah Moore of NYA cleared 5'3 to finish fourth in the high jump. In the triple jump Medomak Valley senior Will Rush set a new personal best with his 46-4 3/4 effort as he finished fourth.

On the track, Scarborough junior Emerson Flaker won section four for the 400m in a personal best 56.06 to finish fifth overall. In the boy's 400m, Class C champion Joseph Richards of Winslow ran 49.19 in section two as he would place third, while Class A champion Nolan Feyler of Gorham was fifth in 49.26.

The Portland boy's 4x800 relay team (Elias Coleman, Charlie Jacques, Benjamin Prestes, Nathan Blades) ran 7:58.46 to finish third overall after winning section one, the time was a new state-leading effort.

Article was updated on 6/11 to include additional details.