Scarborough girls easily win SMAA track meet; Local athletes primed for Saturday's state championships
The three-time defending Class A champion Scarborough girls' outdoor track team geared up for its run at a four-peat last Saturday with a dominant showing at the Southern Maine Activities Association championship meet on its home track.
The Red Storm racked up 161 points, which was 100 more than runner-up Cheverus. South Portland did not score.
In the boys' meet, which featured a first place tie between Bonny Eagle and Cheverus (94 points each), the Red Storm were sixth with 38.33 points, while the Red Riots placed ninth with 30.33.
At the Western Maine Championship meet in Yarmouth, the Cape Elizabeth girls rode their distance brilliance to a third place finish with 90 points, trailing only York (190) and Greely (128). On the boys' side, Falmouth (172) was tops. The Capers (10 points) came in 14th.
The Scarborough girls captured all three relays and five individual events. The Red Storm's 400 relay team had a time of 51.07 seconds, the 1,600 squad finished in 4 minutes, 7.94 seconds and the 3,200 team had a time of 9:40.98.
Jenny Snyder won the 100 hurdles (16.93 seconds). Rachelle Green was first in the 100 (13.23) and 200 (27.19). Emelia Scheemaker took the triple jump (34 feet, 5.75 inches) and Christy Manning won the javelin (117-3).
That was just the beginning.
Nicole Kirk was runner-up in the 100 (13.27) and third in the 200 (27.59). Whitney Chamberlain came in second in the 800 (2:20.19). Scheemaker was second in the long jump (15-11) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (17.83). Manning was second in the discus (107-1) and third in the shot put (36-5.75). Haela Booth came in runner-up to Manning in the javelin (109-10). Andrea Tolman was second in the pole vault (7-6). Abby Chick came in third in the 400 (1:01.08) and the 800 (2:26.28). Melanie Grover came in fourth in the pole vault (7 feet). Kelsey Schild placed fifth in the long jump (14-10.5). Samantha Armishaw was sixth in the 100 (13.76).
"We knew it would be that kind of a meet since we'd been favored all season," said Scarborough coach Ron Kelly. "The kids performed and a lot of them improved on their performances."
Now, the Red Storm will turn their attention to the state meet, one which figures to be the Scarborough and Edward Little Show.
"It's a good thing we're not the favorite so we can be hungry," said Kelly. "There's a major separation in points between us, Edward Little and the rest of the field. Their possible maximum points is higher than ours. The seeding is about a four-point difference. We need to max out. Last year, we won in the 70s. This year, it will take 120 or 125 points to win."
In boys' results from the SMAA meet, Scarborough got a runner-up finish from its 3,200 relay team (8:35.96). Brian Woodbury was second in the shot put (51-9.75). Eben Bradley finished third in the pole vault (10-6). Craig Robinson was third in the mile (4:34.20) and fifth in the two-mile (10:13.80). Conor Sullivan came in fourth in the high jump (5-6) and fifth in the long jump (20 feet). Eddie Manning placed fifth in the discus (12-10.5). Orin James finished in a three-way tie for seventh in the pole vault (9-6).
For South Portland, David Hardison was second in the 300 hurdles (41.94) and fourth in the 110 hurdles (15.84). John Clement came in third in the two-mile (10:04.20). Tony Haeuser placed fifth in the 110 hurdles (16.02) and fifth in the 300 hurdles (43.93). Tom Redstone came in fifth in the racewalk (7:54.00). John Johnston was sixth in the racewalk (7:56.50). Brian Arsenault placed sixth in the 400 (54.33). Nick Brown was part of the three-way tie for seventh in the pole vault (9-6). The Red Riots were fifth in both the 1,600 (3:45.01) and 3,200 (8:39.67) relays.
At the Western Maine Conference girls' meet, Cape Elizabeth captured four events. Rachel Nichols was first in the 800 (2:24.04) and the mile (5:16.93). Marita Stressenger won the two-mile (11:33.35). Emma Hockmuth took the pole vault (8-6).
Hockmuth was also second in the high jump (4-10). Emily Attwood was runner-up in the 800 (2:29.34) and also placed second in the mile (5:25.37) Kelsey Barton was third in the two-mile (12:16.61). Hannah Doss placed seventh in the two-mile (12:52.73). Skyler Dunfey was seventh in the triple jump (31-3).
The Capers came in second in the 1,600 (4:22.22) and the 3,200 (10:08.94) relays.
On the boys' side, Jon Bass came in fourth in the pole vault (11-6). Reid Douty was sixth in the mile (4:45.94). Peter Brigham was eighth in the mile (4:47.30). Cape Elizabeth was also eighth in the 1,600 relay (3:52.34).
Next up for local teams is states on Saturday.
Scarborough and South Portland take part in the Class A meet at Thornton Academy in Saco. Cape Elizabeth will compete in the Class B championship at Mt. Desert Island. Both meets begin at 10 a.m.
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