City athletes fare well at track, swim and ski states
Vacation week was anything but a time of relaxation for city athletes.
While the basketball tournament (see stories) took center stage, track, swimming and skiing crowned state champions.
Here's a glimpse at how locals fared:
Cheverus, Deering and Portland competed in the Class A state track meet at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, while McAuley participated in the Class B meet at Bates College in Lewiston.
In the Class A boys' meet, Scarborough won with 68 points, Deering (31 points) came in sixth, Portland (26) was eighth and Cheverus (23) placed 11th.
The Rams were led by Carleton Allen, who won the 55 hurdles (8.03 seconds). Renaldo Lowry was runner-up in the 200 (23.21) and came in third in the 55 (6.72). Tony Sen was fourth in the 55 hurdles (8.36). Deering also scored in two relays, placing sixth in the 3,200 (Charlie Dupee, Laug Luka, Alex Hebert and James Ociti, 8 minutes, 55.5 seconds) and seventh in the 800 (Erik Aikins, Allen, Tom Hart and Matt Kimball, 1:38.27).
The Bulldogs featured Imahdi Zagon, runner-up in both the 55 (6.64) and the long jump (21 feet, 4.75 inches) and fourth in the 200 (23.74). Abde Ahmed came in third in the 400 (52.5).
For the Stags, Jack Terwilliger won the mile (4:27.01) and the two-mile (10:00.43). The 800 relay of Jimmy Cambell, Jackson McMann, Andrew Rose and Joe Slattery placed fifth (1:36.13).
In the girls' meet, also won by Scarborough with 79 points, Deering (30) was seventh, Cheverus (11) came in 11th and Portland (5) placed 13th.
Deering got wins from Edie Pallozzi in the 800 (2:20.83) and mile (5:21.54). Veronica Mitchell placed fifth in the 55 hurdles (9.04) and sixth in the high jump (4-10). Tricia Stewart was sixth in the long jump (16-3.5). The Rams' 800 relay team (Amanda Masse, Whitney Adell, Stewart and Delaney Loring) placed fifth (1:52.33).
For the Stags, Caroline Summa won the high jump (5-2) and was seventh in the triple jump (32-1.5).
Portland got points from Mary Nyembo, who was fourth in the 200 (27.12) and seventh in the 55 (7.69).
At the Class B girls' meet, won by by Waterville with 80 points, McAuley failed to score for the first time since 2001. The Lions top finisher was Taxiarhia Arabatzis, eighth in the two-mile (12:49.76), but only the top seven scored.
The Cheverus girls' swim team had the best showing of local teams.
The Stags took part at the Class A state meet at Bowdoin College in Brunswick and managed 204 points to finish behind Bangor (305) and Morse (272). Deering (157) was fifth and Portland (22) came in 22nd.
Cheverus was led by third-place medley relay team (Sarah Nappo, Samantha Savaun, Nicole Chambers and Tessa Lindsley), which had a time of 1 minute, 54.69 seconds. Lindsley was the top individual, placing third in the 50 free (25 seconds) and fourth in the 100 free (56.05).
Deering got a win from sophomore Genevieve Worthely in the 200 individual medley (2:09.8) and a record-setting victory from Worthely in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.08). Rams freshman Emma Pontius was runner-up in the 100 butterfly (1:01.34) and third in the 100 backstroke (1:02.16).
For Portland, Leanne Reichert was 11th in the 50 free (26.75). The Bulldogs 200 free relay team (Kelly Flanagan, Mary Badger, Megan Hudson and Reichert) was 12th (1:54.22). The 400 free relay squad (Flanagan, Hudson, Luci Veilleux and Reichert) was 14th (4:22.32).
In the boys' meet, also won by Bangor with 328 points, Cheverus (163) came in fifth, Deering (74) was 13th and Portland (61) 14th.
The Stags featured Lars Murphy, who was fifth in the breaststroke (1:05.83), and their fifth-place medley relay team (Drew Fernandez, Murphy, Reed Fernandez and Stephen Ambrose, 1:48.6).
For the Rams, Eric Delmonte was runner-up in the 500 free (4:50.38) and the breaststroke (1:02.34) and Dylan Farber was third in diving (275.35 points).
The Bulldogs' top finisher was Peter Tomascak (seventh in the 100 free, 52.76).
In Class B action in Orono, the first-year Waynflete girls turned heads by coming in third with 232 points, bested only by champion Mt. Desert Island (375) and runner-up Greely, the defending champion (328.5). McAuley had 166 points to come in fourth.
Individually for the Flyers, Ellen Silk won the 500 free (5:33.45). Colby Harvey won the 100 butterfly (59.17) and was second in the 200 IM (2:16.58). Amelia Deady was runner-up in the 50 free (26.25). and second in the 100 free (56.22).
The Lions saw Libby Gajewski finish runner-up in the 200 free (2:00.79) and third in the 100 butterfly (1:01.47) and Aiofe Ryle come in second in the 500 free (5:39.08).
In the boys' Class B competition, Waynflete had 30 points to come in 19th. Greely (396) repeated as champion. The Flyers, more precisely sophomore Luke Jeton, got points in the 500 free (where Jeton was runner-up, 5:11.07) and the 200 free (Jeton was sixth, 1:54.91).
In the Class C Nordic ski championship, Waynflete's girls were third in the classic, freestyle and overall. Jo Moore was sixth in the classic (21 minutes, 21.9 seconds). Chloe Rowse placed eighth in the freestyle (19:57.3). The boys placed sixth in the freestyle, fifth in the classic and fifth overall. Josh Espy was fifth in the classic (17:25.8). Dylan Kingsbury came in ninth in the freestyle (15:45.2).
Portland's Nordic team competed at the Class A championships. The girls were fourth in the classic and freestyle and fourth overall. Abby Popenoe was seventh in the freestyle (17:28.1) and in the classic (19:54.4). The boys placed ninth in the both disciplines and were ninth overall. Ben Allen was 17th in the freestyle (15:18.5) and 22nd in the classic (18:16.5).
Deering's boys scored as a team. The Rams were sixth in the freestyle, tied for seventh in the classic and placed seventh overall. Jakob Chandler was 11th in the freestyle (14:28.1) and 13th in the classic (16:58.4). Chandler was also 10th in the Alpine giant slalom (a two-run combined time of 1:37.97) and 16th in the slalom (1:31.44). Chandler wound up third in the skimeister standings (which takes into account Alpine and Nordic events) with 50 points, behind Hampden Academy's Ethan Burke (18) and Mt. Blue's North Kay (43).
Cheverus' boys took part in the Alpine championships. In the giant slalom, the Stags were 12th as Jack Sutton placed 32nd (1:44.44). In the slalom, they were 10th as Spencer Reynolds placed 23rd (1:33.89).