Both Cheverus outdoor track teams fell short of first place, but turned heads at Saturday’s Southern Maine Activities Association championship meet in Scarborough.
The boys tallied 86 points to come in second to Bonny Eagle (99). Deering (17 points) finished 10th, Portland (16) placed 11th.
On the girls’ side, Scarborough was first with 98 points, but the Stags were runners-up with 86. Deering tied Biddeford for sixth place with 38 points. McAuley (4.5) came in 16th and Portland (4) was 17th.
Individually, several local athletes turned heads.
The Cheverus boys were led by senior standout Jack Terwillger, who won the mile (4 minutes, 25.89 seconds), 800 (1:57.16) and two-mile (9:39.51). Malcolm Smith took the high jump (6 feet).
Smith was also second in the triple jump (43-5) and sixth in the long jump (20-5). Joe Slattery placed runner-up in the 300 hurdles (41.66 seconds) and was fifth in the 200 (23.56). Kane Molleo was runner-up in the javelin (151-6). Matt Cushing was fourth in the javelin (148-7). Jackson McMann came in fourth in both the 100 (11.78) and the 200 (23.54). The Stags were fourth in the 3,200 (8:37.93), fifth in the 400 (45.52) and sixth in the 1,600 (3:43.06) relays.
“The boys had the best meet of the season to this point,” said Cheverus coach Steve Virgilio. “Every athlete equaled or exceeded their ranking, predicted points scored or personal best performance. It was awesome and exciting to watch. I’m extremely proud of these guys and knowing that they have so much more in them and so many of them are underclassmen, makes it even more special. The team was predicted to finish fourth, according to seeds, with 65 points, but they came together and competed as hard as they have all year and put down some of their best performances all around.
“We’re very excited and primed to compete at the state meet this coming weekend. All members want to exceed their personal best and most recent accomplishments. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
For Deering, Brian White was first in the shot put (50-1.5). Tony Miller finished fifth in the 100 (11.87) and sixth in the 200 (23.74). The Rams’ 400 relay team came in fourth (45.46).
Portland featured senior standout Imadhi Zagon’s win in the long jump (21-10) and third-place showing in the shot put (49-4).
On the girls’ side, Cheverus gave perennial champion Scarborough a scare.
The Stags got wins from Katie Shapiro in the discus (113-10), Caroline Summa in the high jump (5-2) and their 3,200 relay team (9:46.10).
Anne Slattery was runner-up in the 100 hurdles (16.94). Fiona Hendry was second in the mile (5:11.71) and the two-mile (11:28.20). Emily Durgin finished third in the mile (5:17.25). Promising freshman Shannon Conley was third in the 800 (2:24.22) and third in the two-mile (11:31.05). Summa came in third in the triple jump (34-8). Allison Thomas placed sixth in the 300 hurdles (51.09). Greta Neidermeyer placed sixth in the racewalk (9:44.85).
Cheverus also came in third in the 1,600 relay (4:22.50).
“I was very pleased with our overall results,” said Stags coach Valerie Guillet. “We had many PRs and season-bests. Finishing second behind Scarborough represents a great accomplishment. We will gear up for an even better day next week at states.”
Deering comported itself well. The Rams were led by Ella Ramonas, who was second in the 800 (2:23.91), and Tricia Stewart, who came in runner-up in the long jump (17-1) and the triple jump (35-4) and was third in the high jump (5 feet). Rashad Zagon came in fourth in the 100 hurdles (17.98). Deering also finished fourth in the 400 relay (54.06).
McAuley’s points came from Liz Houston, fourth in the pole vault (7-6) and Autumn Becker, who tied for sixth in the pole vault (7-0).
Portland got points from Mary Nyembo, who was fourth in the 400 (1:03.22).
Waynflete took part in the Western Maine Conference meet in Falmouth. The boys had 18 points to come in seventh in Division II (Sacopee won with 228). The girls had 11 points and placed eighth (Traip was first with 162).
The boys were led by Abshir Horor, who was runner-up in the mile (4:38.25) and third in the 800 (2:06.12). Eli Sobel came in sixth in the 400 (57.56). Abukar Adan came in sixth in the 800 (2:10.54). The Flyers’ 1,600 relay team was fifth (3:58.97).
The girls got points from Amelia Mitchell (second in the 800, 2:33.51) and Rowan Price (fifth in the 800, 2:44.35, and tied for fifth in the high jump, 4-2).
Cheverus, Deering and Portland will compete in the Class A state championships Saturday at Windham High School.
McAuley vies for Class B honors at Cony High School in Augusta.
Waynflete takes part in the Class C finals in Bath.
The New England championships are Saturday, June 11 in Burlington, Vt.
Cheverus’ junior Taylor Spang hands off to senior anchor, Caroline Summa, in the 4×100 relay Saturday. The team was DQed after failing to hand the baton off in the first exchange zone.
Cheverus junior Allison Thomas finished sixth in the 300 hurdles. Thomas is in her first season running track.
Waynflete’s Abshir Horor heads for a third-place finish in the 800 at the WMC meet Saturday. Horor was also runner-up in the mile.
Waynflete’s Abukar Adan placed sixth in the 800.
Waynflete’s Amelia Mitchell heads toward a second-place finish in the 800 at Saturday’s WMC championship meet.
Waynflete’s Lydia Fox roars down the track in the 800 Saturday.
Waynflete’s Eric Nathanson runs the 400.
Cheverus’ Joe Slattery races toward a second-place finish in the 300 hurdles during Saturday’s SMAA championships in Scarborough. He was not ranked to score, and beat the entire field except for Bonny Eagle’s Jeremy Collins.
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