Cheverus’ Emma Gallant and Victoria Bossong embrace after Bossong won the Class A girls’ 400 and Gallant placed second Saturday, helping the Stags repeat as team champions.
Deering’s Nicsoni Bushiri makes his landing in the Class A boys’ long jump. Bushiri placed seventh and helped the Rams tie for 14th place as a team.
Once was nice, twice is even better and there’s no end in sight when it comes to Cheverus’ girls’ outdoor track excellence.
Saturday at the Class A girls’ state championship meet at McMann Field in Bath, the Stags tallied 84 points to repeat, beating runner-up Thornton Academy by 20.
Cheverus was led by sprinters extraordinaire Victoria Bossong, who won the 100 (12.18 seconds) and 400 (56.95), and Emma Gallant, who placed first in the 200 (25.57) and was runner-up to Bossong in the 400 (57.43).
“Emma has been right there in the 400 all year, it’s really helped,” Bossong said. “I could see her coming off the turn. We were neck-and-neck, but I felt great. I can’t wait to see what this team does the next three years.”
“We went one-two in the 400 and that has kind of been our thing,” Cheverus coach Steve Virgilio said. “We have kind of built this team around sprinting and they did awesome.”
The Stags also got wins from their 4×400 relay team (Helena Bolduc, White, Bossong and Gallant, 4 minutes, 5 seconds) and from White in the long jump (17 feet, 5 inches) and triple jump (37-4).
“We didn’t talk much about the (title),” said White, who was also third in the 100 hurdles (15.52). “And I think that helped. I went into the jumps without any pressure. We knew it was a possibility, but I just went with the mindset ‘we’d see what happens.’ I think that’s why I did well. I (got a personal-best mark) in the triple jump.”
Cheverus’ 4×100 relay team (Bolduc, Bossong, Evelyn Hanley and Gallant) was runner-up to Thornton Academy in 50.55 seconds. The Stags’ 4×800 relay squad (Rosie Train, Hannah Galeucia, Ashley Turner and Sophia Pompeo) placed sixth (10:12.29).
Portland had 12 points to tie Mt. Ararat for 19th place. The Bulldogs got a runner-up showing from Jaidyn Appel in the high jump (5-4) and a fourth-place finish from Caroline Lerch in the shot put (32-10.75).
Deering (11 points) came in 21st. The Rams were led by Annah Rossvall, who won the 300 hurdles in 45.85 seconds. Deering’s 4×800 relay team (Lucy Tumavicus, Hadley Poirier, Sierra Aponte-Clarke and Nicole Whipkey) finished seventh (10:17.25).
In the Class A boys’ meet, also held in Bath, which saw Thornton Academy and Falmouth tie for the title with 67 points apiece, Cheverus (64) was a close third.
The Stags got wins from Sean Tompkins in the 100 (11.06) and 200 (22.64) and Owen Burke in the 400 (51.25). Burke was also third in the 200 (22.79). Christian Gilliam was runner-up in the javelin (171-9). Giovanni Fornaro placed third in the discus (133-1) and fourth in the shot put (43-10.25).
Cheverus’ 4×400 relay squad (Burke, Alex Baur, Joe Baur and Tompkins) placed third (3:36.97), while the 4×100 relay team (Alex Baur, Burke, Paul Lussier and Tompkins) came in fourth (44.63).
Deering (14 points) tied Hampden Academy for 14th place. Alec Troxell placed third in the mile (4:27.14). Loki Anda tied Edward Little’s Connor Jackson for third in the high jump (6-0). Aryz Terlaje finished sixth in the javelin (150-3) and Nicsoni Bushiri was seventh in the long jump (20-9.25).
Portland did not score.
The outdoor track season comes to an end this Saturday with the New England championship meet at the University of New Hampshire.
Press Herald staff writer Deirdre Fleming and Sun Journal staff writer Adam Robinson contributed to this story.