Expo (and USM) open for business Indoor track season begins

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By Michael Hoffer
Indoor track was the last to join in the winter sports fun, but all involved with the sport were excited for the beginning of another short and sweet season at the University of Southern Maine Friday and the Portland Expo Saturday.
Locally, the best results came from the Scarborough girls and South Portland boys.
The Scarborough girls, the four-time defending Class A state champions, scored 145 points and easily outdistanced Biddeford (72 1/2), South Portland (42 1/2)and McAuley (31).
The Red Storm won all three relays and placed first in nine of the 15 individual events. Sophomore Emelia Scheemaker was the individual star, winning three events: the high jump (4 feet, 10 inches), open 300 (44 seconds) and the junior 45 hurdles (6.9).
The Red Riots were paced by three runners-up: freshman Meghan Cyr in the junior 800 (3 minutes, 0.6 seconds), junior Kristin Jerome in the senior 45 hurdles (7.7), and junior Bobielyn Fisher in the open 600 (1:52.60).
In the boys’ meet, South Portland scored 77 points to edge Scarborough by one. Biddeford (36 points) was a distant third.
The meet was so even that the Red Riots and Red Storm both won one relay and several individual events. Junior Brian Arsenault (senior 40, 4.9; open 200, 26.70) won a pair of races for South Portland.
Cape Elizabeth competed against six other teams in its first meet at USM. The girls scored 61 points to come in fourth behind Greely, York and Poland and ahead of Gray-New Gloucester, Traip and Yarmouth. The boys had 30 points and were seventh.
In the girls’ meet, senior Marita Stressenger won the two-mile (11 minutes, 47.90 seconds), senior Emma Hockmuth tied for tops in the pole vault (7-6), and the Capers’ 3,200 relay team was first (11:47.12).
Action resumes this weekend. At USM, Cape Elizabeth competes with Falmouth, Fryeburg, Lake Region, NYA, Poland and York at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, at the Expo, the South Portland boys meet Thornton Academy and Westbrook at 3:05 p.m. Scarborough’s boys run, jump and throw with Bonny Eagle and Deering at 4:20 p.m.
On the girls’ side, South Portland, Thornton Academy and Westbrook compete at 8:15 a.m. Scarborough faces Bonny Eagle and Deering at 9:35 a.m.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net

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