Cheverus boys second, Deering's Bell sparkles at Class A track meet
There were plenty of highlights for city runners, jumpers and throwers at Saturday's state outdoor track and field meets.
Cheverus' boys' team came finished runner-up in Class A for the third time in four seasons, as its 80 points left it nine shy of Scarborough, which took Class A for the first time. Deering (30 points) came in ninth, while Portland (2) was 24th.
The Stags swept the relays. James Campbell, Brady Foshay, Jake Dixon and Jackson McMann posted a time of 43.98 seconds in the 400 relay. Elijah Yeboah, Dixon, Foshay and Campbell finished in 3 minutes, 26.73 seconds in the 4x400 relay and in the 3,200, James Halligan, Colin Grove, Campbell and Foshay had a time of 8:06.24. All three times set new facility records.
Yeboah was runner-up in the 300 hurdles (40.2, a personal best time) and came in fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.63, also a personal best). Isaac Yeboah placed third in the 300 hurdles (40.27, a personal best) and was seventh in the 110 hurdles (16.0). Foshay was third in the 800 (1:58.4). James Campbell placed third in the 400 (49.97). Matt Cushing finished third in the javelin (170 feet, 6 inches). Nick White finished fourth in the discus (135-1). Tim Jerome placed fifth in the javelin (163-5, a personal best throw). Colin Grove finished fifth in the 800 (2:02.59). Dixon was sixth in the 200 (23.3). McMann was seventh in the 200 (23.37). Michael Orne was seventh in the high jump (5-10).
"The team graduates 16. There's a lot of depth, talent and leadership that will be lost to graduation but the freshmen, sophomores and juniors were well influenced by these seniors and they know what to do and how to do it. This team will be competitive and strong in years to come."
Deering got 24 points alone from senior throwing standout Jared Bell, who won the discus, with a new record throw of 176-7 (eclipsing Joe Kennie and Dan Smith's existing mark), and also took the shot put (57-2.25), while coming in fourth in the javelin (164-0). Also scoring were Yahye Hussein, fourth in the two-mile (10:08.24), and Jake Coon, sixth in the high jump (5-10).
Hussein dropped 20 seconds off his seed time and went from being ranked 24th to his stunning fourth-place finish.
"(Yahye had) a breakout performance and moving up 20 places is extremely rare" said Deering coach Frank Myatt.
Portland's points came from Jonathan Bobe, seventh in the 400 (52.39), and Drew Graham, seventh in the 300 hurdles (42.01).
The girls' meet was won by Bangor with 84 points. Cheverus (24) was 10th and Deering (8) tied Mt. Blue for 21st place. Portland did not score.
The Stags were paced by Anne Slattery, third in the 300 hurdles (48.17, a personal best). Sarah Mount finished fourth in the 400 (1:01.04, a personal best, which was just shy of a school record). Kiera Murray came in fourth in the two-mile (11:45.46). Emily Grinnell placed seventh in the javelin (93-7, a personal best). Cheverus' 1,600 relay team (Slattery, Emily Perry, Georgia Caso and Mount) was third with a school record time of 4:16.55. The 400 squad (Slattery, Mount, Lizzie Ford and Meredith Willard) was sixth (52.05) and the 3,200 relay team (Perry, Kaitlyn Dostie, Caso and Murray) came in seventh (with a team-best time of 10:24.03).
The Rams got points from Alexis Elowitch, fourth in the javelin (103-3) and fifth in the shot put (32-5), and Rashad Zagon, fifth in the high jump (5-0).
The Class C girls' meet was won easily by Orono, with 105 points. McAuley had a solid ninth-place showing, producing 21 points, most from field athletes. Waynflete did not score.
Lions basketball standout Victoria Lux placed runner-up in the shot put (34-6) and third in the discus (100-6). Elizabeth Houston came in fifth in the pole vault (8-0). Emma Downey came in fifth in the racewalk (9:36.53). Adele Werner was seventh in the 800 (2:39.94).
The Foxcroft boys won the title with 75 points. Waynflete did not score.
The New England championships are Saturday in Connecticut. The following local athletes qualified:
Jake Dixon Cheverus (200)
James Campbell Cheverus (400)
Brady Foshay Cheverus (800)
Elijah Yeboah Cheverus (110 hurdles and 300 hurdles)
Isaac Yeboah Cheverus (300 hurdles)
Nick White Cheverus (discus)
Matt Cushing Cheverus (javelin)
Tim Jerome (javelin)
Cheverus 400 relay
Cheverus 1,600 relay
Cheverus 3,200 relay
Jared Bell Deering (discus and shot put)
Sarah Mount Cheverus (400)
Kiera Murray Cheverus (two-mile)
Anne Slattery (300 hurdles)
Cheverus 1,600 relay