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Greely girls second at Class B track meet

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Greely girls second at Class B track meet

While the indoor track state meets last Monday didn't produce a local team champion, all five schools who took part had a lot to be proud of.

Coming closest to the top spot was the Greely girls' team, which tallied 64.5 points to finish second to powerhouse Waterville in Class B. It marked the second year in a row and third time in four seasons that the Rangers wound up second.

Greely won the 3,200 relay (Emily Mason, Sophia Stickney, Eva Bates and Kirstin Sandreuter in 10 minutes, 10.28 seconds).

Sandreuter won the two-mile in 11:34.98. Sandreuter was also runner-up in the mile (5:20.16). Alyssa Casarez was runner-up in the shot put (35 feet, 1.75 inches) and tied for fourth in the pole vault (7-6). Sophia McMonagle placed third in the pole vault (8-0). Brennah Martin came in fourth in the 200 (27.55 seconds). Mason was fifth in the mile (5:37.45) and fifth in the two-mile (12:10.22). Jocelyn Mitiguy finished fifth in the 55 hurdles (9.13) and fifth in the 200 (27.80).

The Rangers were fifth in the 800 relay (Martin, Maegan Dougherty, Stickney and Mitiguy, 1:54.80).

"This was a much smaller team than in recent years past,' said Greely coach John Folan. "Hence, we knew that we would struggle to a certain extent during the regular season and into the (conference) championships as those meets put a premium on overall depth. the bigger the team, the more likely the success, but we also believed that we would be successful in the state meet, the biggest meet of all, because of our top level depth and that was the case.  
 
"The meet started off with an upset win in the 4x800 relay where we defeated Freeport and Cape Elizabeth, both of whom had bested us earlier in the season. After that, our kids proceeded to perform at a level that bested our meet projection by 14 points. Jocelyn provided personal bests in both the 55 hurdles and 200.  Brennah achieved a personal best in the 200 as well. Sandreuter, who was ill at the time although she would never admit that, finished second in the mile and won her first individual indoor crown in the two-mile. Sophia scored in the vault, a strong event for us, as did Alyssa, who also finished a strong second in the shot put. There were other season's bests by kids who, nevertheless, did not score but certainly put themselves in a position to do so.  The whole meet was an exclamation point on a great season of growth. A most rewarding day."
 
Freeport was fourth with 33 points. The Falcons won the 800 relay (Meredith Broderick, Hayley Steckler, Bethanie Knighton and Lexi Dietrich, 1:51.42) and placed runner-up in the 3,200 relay (Chloe Hight, Steckler, Sydney Ambrose and Knighton, 10:10.28).

Knighton came in third in the 400 (1:02.35). Dietrich came in third in the 200 (27.37). Hight placed fifth in the 800 (2:35.49).

Yarmouth had 20 points to tie Cape Elizabeth and Belfast for seventh place.

Emma Egan stole the show for the Clippers, finishing runner-up in the 55 (7.59), second in the high jump (5-2) and fifth in the long jump (15-9). Yarmouth's 800 relay team (Maddie Mitchell, Brooke Hornney, Mary Coyne and Annabelle Elvidge) wound up seventh (1:59.06).

North Yarmouth Academy's 7 points left it 18th. Hannah Austin was third in the two-mile (11:56.38) and Linnea Hull placed seventh in the pole vault (7-6).

In the Class B boys' meet, won by Waterville with 60 points, NYA tied Cape Elizabeth and Fryeburg for fifth place with 29 points, Freeport (21) was 10th, Yarmouth (20) tied Camden Hills and Maine Central Institute for 11th and Greely (10) came in 18th.

The Panthers were sparked by Michael McIntosh, who won the 55 (6.67) and the 200 (23.26). Xander Bartone came in third in the 55 (6.81). Matt Malcom placed fifth in the two-mile (9:54.95).

The Falcons got a win from Harrison Stivers in the 400 (53.08). Freeport came in second in the 800 relay (Nick Wilson, A.J. Daniel, Eric Wentworth and Stivers, 1:37.36), while the 3,200 relay (James Saucier, Austin Williams, Chandler Vincent and Tyler Frey) was fifth (8:50.60).

The Clippers were led by Darren Shi, who was runner-up in the shot put (48-1.5). Travis Hamre came in third in the 200 (23.72) and fourth in the 55 (6.91). Ben Decker was sixth in the two-mile (9:59.61).

The Rangers' points came from Ben Ray, runner-up in the pole vault (11-6), Chris Byron, who was seventh in the 400 (54.14), and their seventh-place 3,200 relay (Ryder White, Billy Borden, Kyle Hansen and Dan Ray, 9:13.97).

"As this was a rebuilding year, we expected to have to dig for points throughout the meet and we did," Folan said. "Ben's second in the pole vault represented a personal, all-time best. Our 4x800 relay, seeded 11th, surprised with a seventh place scoring finish. A big surprise was Chip's seventh in the 400 with a big personal best. We have a large number of underclassmen and things to build upon." 

Falmouth took part in the Class A meet for the first time and was competitive.

The girls had 33 points to tie South Portland for sixth (Thornton Academy won with 53).

The Yachtsmen won the 800 relay (Maggie Seitz, Elizabeth Cyr, Emma England and Charlotte Cutshall in 1:50.29) and came in third in the 3,200 relay (Gina Pardi, Meg Dye, Madeline Roberts and Alexa Hoffman in 10:08.91). Cutshall was third in the long jump (16-8.75) and sixth in the 55 (7.70). Lydia Farmer came in third in the triple jump (34-9). England posted the fifth-best time in the 200 (27.43).

Falmouth's boys had 12.33 points to come in 10th (Scarborough was tops with 91.33).

The Yachtsmen featured a runner-up 3,200 relay team (Spencer Brown, Josh Simensky, Sage Tanner, Sean Soucy, 8:29.48). Andy Clement was fifth in the 200 (24.03). The 800 relay (Clement, Noah Martin, Tony St. Angelo and Nigel Dunn) came in seventh (1:38.04). St. Angelo finished in a three-way tie for seventh in the high jump (5-10).

"The meet went fairly well for us," said Falmouth coach Jorma Kurry. "Overall, it was  good day. The competition was strong, but we have faced many strong teams from Greely, Waterville and York over the years in B and were not surprised by what we saw in A.

"The boys are a very young team but got some good experience. We return nearly all of our state qualifiers. The 4x800 team ran very well, setting a school record, and our hurdlers and sprinters had a good day. The 4x200 team was very young and gained some good experience while improving on their seed as well. The team should be much improved next year. 

"The girls had a very strong meet. Our jumpers were excellent. Charlotte Cutshall and Lydia Farmer both placed very well. Emma England continues to improve and scored well in the 200. The relays ran well, with the girls 4x200 finishing the day off with another school record."

New Englands

The New England championships are Saturday in Boston.

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