Track regular season over, postseason begins Saturday
Local outdoor track and field teams got to measure themselves against each other last week as the regular season came to an end.
Last Thursday, Cape Elizabeth was the site for a showdown between the Capers, Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth.
The Yachtsmen won both the boys' and girls' meets. Cape Elizabeth came in third on the girls' side and was fourth in the boys' competition.
The Capers continued their girls' distance dominance as sophomore Rachel Nichols took the 800 (2 minutes, 27.2 seconds) and mile (5:16.8), and junior Hannah Doss won the two-mile (12:53.7). Cape Elizabeth also won the 1,600 relay (4:15.5). The Capers also had first-place finishers in the high jump (senior Emma Hockmuth, 4 feet, 10 inches), pole vault (Hockmuth, 8-6) and triple jump (sophomore Skyler Dunfey, 31-7).
The boys were paced by a first place finish from junior Jon Bass in the pole vault (11-6).
Friday, South Portland hosted eight other teams in the first annual Cumberland County meet. Scarborough's girls capped their dominant regular season with a first-place showing. The Red Riots were ninth. On the boys' side, the Red Storm were second to Cheverus, while South Portland came in third.
The Scarborough girls got wins from freshman Nicole Kirk in the 200 (26.10 seconds), sophomore Abby Chick in the 400 (1:00.72), junior Christy Manning in the javelin (116-03), shot put (36-6) and discus (112-1), sophomore Emelia Scheemaker in the long jump (16-5) and triple jump (35-5), and their 400 (52.89) and 3,200 (10:11.40) relay teams.
South Portland's top finisher was freshman Vanessa Johnston, who was runner-up in the racewalk (9:11.64).
On the boys' side, Scarborough senior Sam Chick took the 300 hurdles (41.11) and triple jump (41-4.5). Junior Nate Hathaway was first in the 800 (2:02.10). The Red Storm also won the 1,600 relay (3:32.74).
South Portland got a win from senior David Hardison in the 110 hurdles (15.27).
All eyes will be on the Southern Maine Activities Association and Western Maine Conference championship meets Saturday. The SMAA meet is at Scarborough. The WMC is at Yarmouth. Both begin at 9 a.m.
The Class A state meet is the following Saturday, June 6, at Thornton Academy. The Class B meet will be on Mt. Desert Island.
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