Outdoor track state glory for Falmouth, Greely-Northern edition

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Greely’s Elizabeth Brown clears the bar to win the Class B girls’ high jump. Brown helped the Rangers capture the team title.

Another track season has come and gone.

And more hardware was the end result for Falmouth and Greely.

There were surprises and plenty of drama at Saturday’s state championship meets and Forecaster Country athletes once again excelled.

An A grade

Falmouth’s boys might not have been the favorite heading into the Class A state meet in Bath Saturday, but when all was said and done, the Yachtsmen wound up with 67 points, which tied them with Thornton Academy, three points ahead of Cheverus and seven ahead of two-time defending champion Scarborough. 

Falmouth won the 4×100 relay, as Ethan Ali, Alvaro Fuentes, Adrian Friedman and Kyle Bouchard posted a time of 44.16 seconds.

The Yachtsmen got second-place showings from their 4×400 (Fuentes, Bouchard, John Auer and Doug Cooke, 3 minutes, 30.69 seconds) and 4×800 (Aidan Hoffman, Ben Greene, Charlie Henning and Sam Larlee, 8:28.79) relay squads, as well as Auer in the mile (4:26.95), Fuentes in the 200 (22.76) and Cooke in the 400 (52.13). 

Auer was third in the 800 (2:03.60). Connor Piers came in fourth in the two-mile (10:07.89). Greene placed sixth in the mile (4:36.26). Cookie finished sixth in the high jump (5-10). Joshua Bradford came in sixth in the shot put (43-5). Bouchard was seventh in the 200 (23.12). 

“That was absolutely frightening,” longtime Falmouth coach Danny Paul said. “I had been through this in similar circumstances. It’s my 40th year coaching, but never as a smaller A (school), and it was a really special thing.”

The title was Falmouth’s first outdoor crown since it shared the Class B championship with York in 2012 and was its seventh overall.

Falmouth’s girls’ team tallied 38 points and came in fifth (Cheverus repeated as champion with 84 points). The Yachtsmen got wins from Malaika Pasch in the 800 (2:21.95) and mile (5:14.18). Emma Harrington was third in the discus (105-0). Sophie Marcotte finished fourth in the 200 (26.7). Karley Piers was fourth in the two-mile (11:46.24). Annika Hester finished sixth in the high jump (5-4). Falmouth’s 4×100 relay team (Abbie Ryer, Maddie Marks, Danielle Casavant and Marcotte) came in sixth (52.32). 

More Greely greatness

The Class B state meet was held in Dover and it was worth the trip for the Greely girls, who tallied 67 points, good enough to beat runner-up York by 10.

The Rangers got a win from Elizabeth Brown in the high jump (5 feet). Carolyn Todd finished second in the mile (5:21.08) and second in the two-mile (11:41.81). Marin Provencher came in third in the mile (5:22.32) and was third in the two-mile (11:43.91). Maggie McCormick came in third in the pole vault (9-0). Morgan Selby was fourth in the 300 hurdles (47.83). Maddy Irish was fifth in the triple jump (33-7.25). Julia Bisson came in seventh in the discus (99-10). 

Greely’s 4×800 relay team (Julia Curran, Chloe Smith, Provencher and Todd) placed third (10:14.11). The 4×400 squad (Selby, JaeHee Park, McCormick and Todd) was also third (4:22.36). The 4×100 relay team (Anya Davis, Irish, Brown and Selby) finished fifth (52.58).

The title was Greely’s second in a row and 16th outdoor crown since 1976.

Freeport (39 points) finished eighth. The Falcons were led by Lilly Horne, who won both the mile (5:13.28) and two-mile (11:17.84). Tara Migliaccio was third in the 400 (1:00.82) and seventh in the 200 (27.80). Maya Bradbury placed fourth in the mile (5:28.40). Grace Schnyder was sixth in the racewalk (9:17.74). Catriona Gould placed sixth in the 200 (27.45). Freeport was sixth in the 4×100 relay (Migliaccio, Emma Abbott, Patricia Dupere and Gould, 52.58) and sixth in the 4×400 relay (Johanna Bogue Marlow, Dupere, Hannah Spaulding and Migliaccio, 4:25.86)

Yarmouth (4 points) placed 24th. Kelcie McGonagle was fourth in the pole vault (9-0).

In the boys’ meet, which saw Mt. Desert Island and York tie for top honors with 86 points, Greely and Yarmouth tied for sixth place with 34 points.

The Rangers were led by Luke Marsanskis, who was runner-up in the two-mile (10:15.05) and placed seventh in the mile (4:44.36).. Matthew Todd came in third in the mile (4:37.40). Atticus Smith placed fourth in the 800 (2:04.70). Gavin Poperechny came in fifth in the 300 hurdles (42.71). Caleb Thurston was sixth in the two-mile (10:26.55).

Greely’s 4×800 relay team (Smith, Trevor Rafford, Thurston and Adam Bruder) came in third (8:31.67). The 4×100 relay squad (Isaac Moore, Poperechny, Darien Drouin and Michael Geary) was fourth (46.02). 

The Clippers featured Luke Laverdiere, who won the mile (4:23.09) and two-mile (9:45.49) in his final meet in the state of Maine before going on to run at Harvard, and Tahj Garvey, who prevailed in the 400 (49.71). Also scoring was Noah Eckersley-Ray, fourth in the javelin (149-4). 

Freeport (15 points) tied Cape Elizabeth for 13th place. Martin Horne placed fourth in the mile (4:37.73) and fifth in the two-mile (10:22.43). Griffin Agnese was fourth in the 300 hurdles (41.82). The Falcons’ 4×400 relay team (Nicholas Mitch, Horne, Agnese and Joe Ashby) placed fourth (3:38.21). 

Class C

North Yarmouth Academy took part in the Class C state meet in Waterboro.

In the girls’ meet, won by Maranacook with 103 points, the Panthers (20 points) were 10th. Olivia Reynolds won the mile (5:14.45) and two-mile (12:33.67).

On the boys’ side, the Panthers had 14 points to come in 18th (Caribou was first with 57 points). NYA’s 4×800 relay team (Jack Lent, Jack Sillin, Kieran Rowe and Rick Hilscher) was runner-up to Orono in 8:49.08. Te’Andre King placed fourth in the high jump (5-10). Lent came in sixth in the 300 hurdles (44.01). 

New Englands

The outdoor track season comes to an end this Saturday with the New England championship meet at the University of New Hampshire.

Sun Journal staff writer Adam Robinson contributed to this story.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Greely’s Carolyn Todd and Marin Provencher run in the Class B girls’ mile. Todd was second and Provencher third.

Greely’s Maggie McCormick takes part in the Class B girls’ long jump. 

Greely’s Maddy Irish comes in fifth in the Class B girls’ triple jump.

Freeport’s Griffin Agnese comes in fourth in the Class B boys’ 300 hurdles. 

Freeport’s Joe Ashby takes part in the Class B boys’ 800.

Freeport’s Martin Horne places fifth in the Class B boys’ two-mile.

Freeport’s Lilly Horne wins the Class B girls’ two-mile. She also captured the mile.

Freeport’s Shaina Curry takes part in the Class B girls’ long jump.

Freeport’s Grace Schnyder heads toward a sixth-place finish in the Class B girls’ racewalk.

Freeport’s Johanna Bogue Marlow competes in the Class B girls’ 400.

Freeport’s Catriona Gould, left, and Tara Migliaccio take part in the Class B girls’ 200. Gould came in sixth and Migliaccio placed seventh.

Yarmouth’s Luke Laverdiere races to victory in the Class B boys’ two-mile. Laverdiere also won the mile.

Yarmouth’s Tahj Garvey stretches to beat Winslow’s Maxamus Spaulding to win the Class B boys’ 400 title. The Clippers finished sixth as a team.

Sports Editor of The Forecaster since 2001. Find detailed game stories at theforecaster.net. I tweet prodigiously at @foresports.