Greely’s indoor track and field team, boys and girls, show off their new hardware after sweeping the Class B championships at last week’s state meet.
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For the first time since 2003, both Greely indoor track and field teams have no peer in Class B.
At last week’s state meet in Lewiston, the Rangers boys and girls left the field in their wake to add to an already-crowded trophy case.
Greely’s boys won their first indoor crown since 2009 and their fifth since 1992 by tallying 68 points, 14 better than runner-up John Bapst. The Rangers featured two championship relay teams and one first-place individual.
Greely took the 4×200 relay (Gavin Poperechny, Luke Stickney, Isaac Moore and Michael Geary) in 1 minute, 38.28 seconds and the 4×800 relay (Moore, Trevor Rafford, Caleb Thurston and Adam Bruder) in 8:43.22. Matthew Todd was first in the mile (4:40.82).
Also scoring were Nicolas Brown (second in the high jump, 6 feet), Luke Marsanskis (second in the two-mile, 10:32.81, and fourth in the mile, 4:50.50), Sam Wilson (third in the two-mile, 10:36.04), Thurston (fourth in the two-mile, 10:37.39), Poperechny (fifth in the 55 hurdles, 8.33 second), Todd (fifth in the 800, 2:09.87), Bryan Taylor (seventh in the pole vault, 10-6) and Geary (seventh in the 200, 24.18).
“The fire trucks followed us (when we got back to town) last year because the girls won, but it didn’t mean anything for us,” said Geary. “This year, we wanted them there for us, too,”
Yarmouth (10 points) tied Ellsworth and Gray-New Gloucester for 12th place. The points came from Luke Laverdiere, who won the two-mile in 9:35.31, nearly a minute faster than runner-up Marsanskis.
Freeport (9 points) was 15th. The Falcons got points from Joe Ashby (runner-up in the 800, 2:05.75) and Nick Mitch (seventh in the 400, 54.85).
North Yarmouth Academy did not score.
Greely’s girls repeated and won their 16th championship since 1982 with 63 points (Brewer with 54.83 points was second). The Rangers got wins from Elizabeth Brown in the high jump (5-2), their 4×800 relay team (Julia Curran, Skylar Cooney, Marin Provencher and Chloe Smith, 10:18.05) and Carolyn Todd in the mile (5:25.30) and two-mile (11:59.47).
“The twins’ win was the goal,” said Todd, after getting a first-place finish to match her brother.
Also scoring were Maggie McCormick (tied for second in the pole vault, 9-0), Provencher (third in the mile, 5:33.92), Curran (third in the two-mile, 12:24.01), Maddy Irish (fifth in the triple jump, 33-4.25) and the seventh-place 4×200 relay team (Brown, Irish, Cooney and Morgan Selby, 1:55.98).
Freeport (14 points) tied Lake Region for ninth. The Falcons were led by Tara Migliaccio, who was runner-up in the 400 (1:02.03) and placed seventh in the 55 (7.82). Also scoring were Maya Bradbury (fifth in the mile, 5:37.28) and Shaina Curry (sixth in the high jump 4-10).
Yarmouth (3.5) was 26th. Paige Reinfelder tied for fourth in the pole vault (8-6).
NYA didn’t score.
The Falmouth boys and girls took part in the Class A state meet at the University of Maine in Gorham. The girls had 23 points to tie Westbrook for ninth place (Cheverus and Scarborough tied for top honors with 67 points). The Yachtsmen were led by their first-place 4×200 relay team (Abbie Ryer, Maddie Marks, Caitlyn Camelio and Sophie Marcotte, 1:49.55). Also scoring were Malaika Pasch (third in the mile, 5:23.55, and fifth in the two-mile, 11:50.08) and Marcotte (fourth in the 200, 26.40).
Falmouth’s boys had 18 points to wind up 10th (Scarborough was the champion with 79 points). The Yachtsmen’s 4×200 relay team (Ethan Ali, Alvaro Fuentes, Adrian Friedman and Kyle Bouchard) was runner-up to Deering in 1:35.07. Fuentes finished fourth in the 200 (23.66). John Auer placed fifth in the mile (4:31.91) and sixth in the 800 (2:04.02). Ben Greene was seventh in the mile (4:40.32).
The final event of the indoor track season, the New England championships, will be held Saturday in Boston.
Local qualifiers included Falmouth’s Auer (boys’ mile), Greene (boys’ mile), Marcotte (girls’ 300), Pasch (girls’ mile) and its boys’ and girls’ 800 relays, Freeport’s Bradbury (girls’ mile) and Migliaccio (girls’ 600), Greely’s Brown (girls’ high jump), Carolyn Todd (girls’ mile), Matthew Todd (boys’ mile) and its 800 boys’ relay and 3,200 boys’ and girls’ relays and Yarmouth’s Laverdiere (boys’ two-mile).
Portland Press Herald writer Deirdre Fleming contributed to this story.
Freeport’s Tara Migliaccio runs to a second-place finish at the Class B girls’ 400.
Freeport’s Joe Ashby was runner-up in the boys’ 800.
Greely’s Michael Geary stretches for the finish line in the boys’ 200. Geary was seventh and scored.
Greely’s Gavin Poperechny clears a hurdle en route to a fifth-place finish in the 55 hurdles.
Yarmouth’s Luke Laverdiere took the boys’ two-mile title.
Greely’s Carolyn Todd won the girls’ two-mile.
Greely’s Julia Curran was third in the two-mile.
Greely’s Skylar Cooney hands off to Marin Provencher in the 4×800 relay. The Rangers girls won that event.
Greely’s Morgan Selby runs in the 400.
Greely’s Elizabeth Brown competes in the long jump.
Yarmouth’s Paige Reinfelder tied for fourth in the pole vault.
Greely’s Maggie McCormick gets over the bar at 9 feet to finish second in the pole vault.
Greely’s Carolyn Todd was first in the mile.
Greely’s Matthew Todd and Luke Marsanskis take part in the boys’ mile. Todd won the race and Marsanskis placed fourth.
Greely’s Elizabeth Brown clears the bar to win the high jump at 5 feet-2 inches.
Greely’s boys also won the Class B South Sportsmanship Award.