Locals fare well at track, swim, ski states
The indoor track, swimming and skiing postseasons came to an end last week and local athletes and teams made their presence felt.
Here's a glimpse:
The Scarborough track dynasty continued last Monday at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
The Red Storm boys had 68 points to hold off runner-up Mt. Ararat by seven. South Portland placed ninth with 25 points.
Scarborough won the 4x800 relay, as Nick Morris, Tom Hague, Robert Hall and Zach Brown had a time of 8 minutes, 17.98 seconds.
Morris took the 800 in 1:59.22. Orin James was the champion of the high jump (6 feet-2 inches) and was runner-up in the 55 hurdles (8.19).
"This was a very rewarding win, as we scored in 11 of the 12 events we had athletes entered in," said Scarborough coach Derek Veilleux. "It was a total team effort. We had nine athletes score in individual events and a total of 12 athletes with the relays. Orin James was a standout. For good measure, he scored in the pole vault an event he wasn't seeded to score and hadn't practiced in 5 weeks. His 20 points were a big reason for our success. The 4x800 winning the first event on the track was a great start. The boys ran the best time in the state and a new school record. The 800 was the event we knew would be key to the entire meet. Nick used his powerful kick to win the event in the last 50 meters and Tom battled for fifth while Robby finished sixth. Getting 15 points out of one event at a state meet is huge.
"This was the same formula we used when we won two years ago. We got some unexpected points in the shot put, when Will Lynch placed seventh, in the hurdles, where Merrick Madden placed sixth and in the 400, when Scott Merrill placed fifth. To go undefeated from Day 1 to the end was a testament to the dedication of the entire program from the coaches to athletes. We set our goals in the preseason to go undefeated in the regular season, win the Southwesterns and win the Class A title. It's always a great feeling when the season ends and all your goals are accomplished."
Scarborough will be formidable again next year.
"We will graduate 10 seniors who competed at the state meet with nine of them scorers, so there will be a void to fill," said Veilleux. "We have a strong team returning next winter. If they do the work in the offseason and maintain the focus we had this year, the team will be very competitive once again. The tradition of the program gets passed down from year to year. Next year's group will have the opportunity to continue."
The Red Riots were paced by their victorious 4x200 relay team. Daniel Medici, Brian Campbell, Daniel Grazewski and Adrian Reid had a time of 1:35.89. Reid was the top individual, coming in third in the 200 (23.71).
In the girls' meet, Scarborough had 79 points, which was seven better than Bonny Eagle and nine more than Brunswick. South Portland (2 points) tied Noble for 17th place.
The Red Storm got wins from Nicole Kirk in the 200 (26.13), Emelia Scheemaker in the long jump (17-5) and triple jump (37-00.50) and their 800 relay team (Morgan Rodway, Scheemaker, Emily Tolman and Kirk, 1:50.42).
They had several runners-up as well, including Kirk in the 55 (7.41), Tolman in the 800 (2:23.53), Andrea Tolman in the pole vault (9-6) and the 3,200 relay team (Karli-An Gilbert, Kat Gadbois, Marisa Agger and Maggie Smith, 10:09.31).
"It was a great meet by all who scored," said longtime Scarborough coach Ron Kelly. "The girls rose to the challenge. With the great coaches and kids we have, it makes it easy for the athletes to perform. The tradition keeps it going. A new group of runners were a key to the victory. Emilia had a fantastic meet. When it came to the relays, we knew we just did not need to make any mistakes. It was a team effort."
Like the boys, we'll be hearing a lot more from the girls going forward.
"We have a very good eighth grade class, the others are a year older and the confidence others gained will put us in a battle next year."
South Portland's points came from its sixth-place 3,200 relay team. Annelise Donahue, Bridget Mulligan, Maya Letourneau and Angela Tirabassi had a time of 10:41.64.
At the Class B state meet in Lewiston, Cape Elizabeth's girls had 11 points and tied Hermon for 14th place. The Capers were runners-up in the 3,200 relay (10:25.56) and Kelsey Barton was fifth in the two-mile (12:20.42).
The boys tied Mt. Desert Island for 18th place with 1 point. That came from Deven Roberts, who was seventh in the high jump (5-6).
Cape Elizabeth's boys swim team was runner-up to Bangor at last week's Class A state meet. The Rams had 328 points to 260 for the Capers. Scarborough placed sixth with 157 and South Portland (124) came in ninth.
The Capers were paced by junior Marcus Cloutier, champion of the 200 individual medley (1 minute, 59.91 seconds) and the 100 free (48.52 seconds) and sophomore Evan Long, who won the 50 freestyle in 22.31 seconds and the 200 freestyle in 1:47.38. Junior diver Kevin Flathers was runner-up with 307.75 points. Cape Elizabeth also took the 200 free relay (Long, senior Wes Richards, senior Paul Wennberg and Cloutier, 1:30.93).
The Red Storm saw senior Mark Endrizzi place third in the 50 free (22.82) and fourth in the 100 free (51.25).
The Red Riots had a fourth-place 200 free relay team (seniors Adam Sellick and Lucas Ashbaugh, sophomore Colby Brown and junior Chad MacWhinnie, 1:36.28). Sellick was sixth in the backstroke (1:06.23).
In the girls' meet, also won by Bangor with 305 points, the Red Storm (143) were sixth, Capers (87) 12th and the Red Riots (26) tied Noble for 19th.
Scarborough was led by junior Samantha Couillard, who was runner-up in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.21) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:15.47). The Red Storm also had a third-place 200 free relay team (freshman Hallie O'Donnell, Couillard, senior Maya Glab and junior Dayna Ankermann, 1:48.42) and a third-place 400 free relay squad (Couillard, Glab, Reynolds and Ankermann, 4:01.38).
Cape Elizabeth's top finisher was junior Catherine Tierney, who was fifth in the 500 free (5:44.83) and sixth in the 200 free (2:06.24).
South Portland was 11th in both the 200 free (senior Mo Blanchard, sophomore Abby Onos, sophomore Lauren Halvorsen and junior Nikki Fogg, 1:52.69) and 400 free (Blanchard, Onos, Halvorsen and Fogg, 4:15.61) relays.
Cape Elizabeth's ski teams took part in the Class B state championships, while Scarborough's first-year squad made an appearance at Class A.
The Capers boys' Alpine team came in fifth in the giant slalom and fourth in the slalom and edged Maranacook for fourth place overall. Sam Barber won the slalom (a two-run combined time of 1:12.67) and was eighth in the GS (1:40.20). Jack Barber finished ninth in the slalom (1:21.56) and 13th in the GS (1:42.20).
The girls didn't score as a team in Alpine. Sara Paclat did come in 12th in the GS (1:50.28) and 16th in the slalom (1:37.53).
On the Nordic side, the boys finished eighth in the freestyle (James Yokabaskas was 10th, 13 minutes, 37 seconds), sixth in the classic (Yokabaskas was 14th, 15:35.3) and eighth overall.
The girls were sixth in the freestyle, sixth in the classic and sixth combined. Dana Hatton was 11th in the freestyle (16:29.9). Lexi Weatherbie placed 16th in the classic (19:02.5).
Combined, Cape Elizabeth's boys were fifth in Class B. Falmouth was the champion. The girls didn't register a score. Yarmouth won the title.
In Class A, the Scarborough boys were 10th in the Alpine GS, ninth in the slalom and ninth overall. Mitchell Summerson placed 15th in the slalom (1:31.36) and 22nd in the GS (1:41.27). The girls were ninth in the GS, eighth in the slalom and ninth overall. Abigail Mills came in 17th in the slalom (1:43.79) and 28th in the GS (1:42.23).
On the Nordic side, neither squad scored as a team.
Scarborough didn't have a combined team score.
Scarborough vied for top conference honors at Monday's SMAA Alpine championships at Shawnee Peak. The boys were third in both the slalom and GS and came in third behind Marshwood and Windham. The girls were second to Kennebunk in the GS, slalom and final team standings.
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