Track stars turn heads at conference meets
The outdoor track and field postseason began last weekend and Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and South Portland all impressed in tuneups for what they hope will be even stronger performances in the state meets this coming weekend.
Scarborough played host to the Southwestern Maine Activities Association championship meet.
The Red Storm boys tallied 80 points to finish second behind Cheverus (116.2). South Portland (78) was a close third.
Scarborough got first-place performances from Colin Jones in the 800 (2 minutes, 3.37 seconds) and its 3,200 relay team (8:21.63). Edward James was second in the pole vault (11 feet, 6 inches). Michael Pino was runner-up in the shot put (50-10).
South Portland got wins from Ruay Bol in the high jump (6-2) and Michael Cuesta in the triple jump (44-0.75). Bol was also second in the triple jump (42-7.75). The Red Riots were second in the 400 relay (45.32 seconds).
In the girls' meet, Thornton Academy tallied 97 points to beat Massabesic by 30. South Portland and Scarborough tied for third with 65 points.
The Red Riots got wins from Shannon Conley in the mile (5:18.41), Callie O'Brien in the 300 hurdles (48.34) and their 3,200 relay team (10:03.91). Runners-up included Lauren Magnuson in the 100 (13.21), Callie O'Brien in the 100 hurdles (16.32) and the 400 relay team (51.87).
Cailley Ledue was the Red Storm's lone event winner. She took the pole vault (9-0). Emma Koukos came in second in the 800 (2:28.73). Laura Volan was runner-up in both the mile (5:21.06) and the two-mile (11:47.16). Ellen Shaw was second in the high jump (5-0). Scarborough's 1,600 relay team was also second (4:23.93).
At the Western Maine Conference championships in Naples, Cape Elizabeth's boys were sixth and the girls eighth in Division I (York's boys and Greely's girls took home titles).
Individually, the boys got wins from Kyle Kennedy in the mile (4:40.54) and Mitch Morris in the two-mile (9:47.43). Will Britton was a close second to Kennedy in the mile (4:40.90). Eddie Galvin came in runner-up in the long jump (18-10).
The girls were paced by Eva Brydson, who came in third in the 800 (2:32.53).
State title time
State Championship Saturday is next. Scarborough and South Portland will vie for Class A state glory at Windham, while Cape Elizabeth competes in the Class B meet at Brewer.
The New England championships are Saturday, June 14.