Cheverus boys second at Class A track meet
There were local highlights aplenty at last week's Class A and B indoor track and field state championship meets.
In Class A, at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, the Cheverus boys finished with 57 points to place second to Brunswick (106). Portland, led by standout Imadhi Zagon, came in fifth with 30 points. Deering tied Cony for the 11th spot with 16 points.
On the girls' side, Scarborough won for the sixth straight season with 63 points, one better than Bonny Eagle. Cheverus had the best finish among city teams, placing sixth with 39. Deering came in 10th with 15 points. Portland did not score.
In the Class B girls' meet at Bates College in Lewiston, McAuley had 13 points and tied Traip for 11th. York took the title with 65 points.
The Cheverus boys were second at states a year ago and duplicated that performance thanks to several clutch performances.
The Stags won the 3,200 relay as senior Taylor Dundas, junior Jack Terwilliger, senior Tim Woods and senior Andrew Snyder posted a time of 8 minutes, 12.25 seconds, bettering the school's and state's one-year-old mark of 8:19.05, set in 2009 by Dundas, Josh Reali, Terwilliger and Snyder.
Senior John White was Cheverus' lone individual winner. He led a Stags onslaught in the shot put by winning with a top throw of 53 feet, 6.5 inches. Senior Beau Michaud was runner-up (47-0.5). Senior James Rutter placed fourth (46-4.5). Senior Charles Place came in sixth (45-10.5), giving Cheverus 24 points in one event.
Snyder finished third in the 800 (1:58.69). Terwilliger placed third in the two-mile (10:12.07) and sixth in the mile (4:39.58). Dundas was fourth in the mile (4:33.68) and sixth in the two-mile (10:18.13). Woods was sixth in the 800 (2:01.93). Rutter also came in seventh in the 200 (23.96 seconds).
For Portland, Zagon won the 55 (6.72) and the long jump (21-3.5) and was second in the 200 (23.25). Junior Abde Ahmed came in sixth in the 400 (53.95).
Deering's top finisher was Carleton Allen, who came in third in the 55 hurdles (8 seconds). Renaldo Lowry placed fourth in the 55 (6.76) and fifth in the 200 (23.79). Sam Balzano was fifth in the 55 (6.76).
In girls' action, Cheverus got plenty of production from its distance contingent. Senior Liana Rubinoff won the two-mile (11:46.27) and third in the mile (5:23.69). Sophomore Fiona Hendry was the runner-up in the mile (5:22.44). Caroline Summa came in second in the high jump (5-2), third in the triple jump (34-3.25) and seventh in the 200 (27.71).
For Deering, Tricia Stewart was runner-up in the long jump (17-5.5) and fifth in the 55 (7.65). Claire Ramonas was fourth in the shot put (34-8.5).
In Class B, McAuley got points from senior Allina Verrillo (runner-up in the shot put, 37-4), sophomore Christina Leake (fifth in the 400, 1:03.03), and its sixth-place 3,200 relay team (Leake, sophomore Taxia Arbatzis, senior Victoria Hugo-Vidal and senior Lauren Fecteau, 10:46.97).
The 23rd annual New England championships are March 5 in Boston.
Local qualifiers include the record-setting Cheverus boys' 3,200 relay team, Dundas in the mile, Snyder and Woods in the 800, Rutter in the 200, White and Michaud in the shot put and Zagon in the long jump.
For the girls, Rubinoff (two-mile), Leake (400), Verillo (shot put) and Summa (high jump) made the cut.
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